The Many Colors of Pomeranians
As a Pom owner for the past three years, I have truly come to love my sweet and energetic Pomeranian. If you are looking for a dog that is small, beautiful, energetic and fun, I highly recommend them as a pet you will come to cherish in your life. Pomeranians are certainly a "colorful" breed, in personality and in coat colors. Below I have briefly outlined the diferent AKC accepted colors of Pomeranians.
**As a side note, whenever it is mentioned that a dog must have a certain color "points" this means eye rims, nose, lips and the pads of their feet.
- Black - These poms will be totally coal black and will not have any white, red or brown in their coats. They also must have black points.
- Blue - Blue pomeranians areactually more of a grey color, ranging from light to dark grey, with blue points. They often will look black until you get them next to a real coal black pom, but as puppies they often have silvery tones.
- Brown (or Chocolate) - All chocolate shades from light to dark are accepted, but in order to be called brown, they must have brown points and not have any black points or black tips on their hairs.
- Cream - Cream poms are generally pale orange or yellow in color. They must have black points.
- Orange - Orange poms vary in color from ligher orange to a deep rich orange with black points.
- Red - In order to distinguish red from orange, a red pomeranian's coat is described as a deep rusty red. They must have black points.
- White - These poms have a bright solid white coat without any other color on their hair. They also have black points.
Patterns and Mixed Colors
- Brindle - This means that the pom has stripe overlays on a solid base color. Rather than patches or a particular pattern, the color mix comes from stripes that can be broad or thin and may cover their entire body or only a portion of it.
- Parti - This is what my sweet Snickerdoodle is, a Chocolate Parti. Parti basically just means that there is more than one coat color. An ideal parti, however, is white with color in patches, a white blaze on its head and has points in keeping with the patch color. A parti should also have symmetrical facial markings. I am going to post pictures here of my beloved Chocolate Parti, although you can tell from her non-symmetrical facial patterns and her mostly white coat that she is not an ideal Parti and would never make it in a dog show. I love her anyway!
- & Tan Pattern - This is a specific pattern that consists of tan above the eyes, around their muzzle, fett and some underbelly as well as the tail. The three colors that can be found in combination with the tan pattern are black, brown and blue, primarily.
- Wolf Sable - A wolf sable pom has a light grey undercoat with a deeper shade of steel grey guard hairs as well as black tippings. There is usually just this mix of colors and no cream or orange in their base coat, and they should have black points.
- AOAC - This stands for "All Other Allowable Colors", which basically means that pomeranians can mix any of these patterns and colors. A "merle" specification in color usually denotes a dilution in the patterns, which is also allowed. One of the only things that is not allowed as far as color, is blue eyes.
No matter what color your pomeranian is, they are joyful dogs who will enrich any owner's life. I know that I could not imagine my life without my sweet Snickerdoodle!
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