Pomeranians are famous for their fluffy lion-like appearances. And more often than not, they have a golden-colored coat to match! But Pomeranians actually come in all different colors, and their fur can change color dramatically throughout their transition from puppyhood to adulthood. But the question is, which Pomeranian colors are the cutest?
In this article, we will explore all of the beautiful colors of the Pomeranian rainbow, why they have such variety in their coats, and everything you need to know!
What You Need To Know About Pomeranian Colors
Why Do They Have So Many Colors?
Pomeranians were originally bred from the medium-large sized Spitz dogs, who came in several different colors too, only the Pomeranian was bred to be much smaller.
As their popularity grew due to Queen Victoria‘s love of the breed, breeding continued, and recessive genes created even more colors and combinations. And as they are all as cute as each other, no color ever got bred out, leaving us with the beautiful array we have today.
Do They Change Color?
Usually, Pomeranians’ coats will change color throughout their lives, either slightly or dramatically. The majority of Pom puppies will start out a completely different color to what they end up as adults, with the most dramatic changes taking place between 4-6 months of age.
So if a Pom puppy is black, they will more than likely become a much lighter color as they mature. And if a Pom pup is white, they usually become darker. But not always!
It’s a popular misconception that temperament and grooming can influence the color change, but it can’t. A dog’s colors are purely rooted in genetics, the only external factor that could slightly influence a dog’s coat and cause different colors to pop is sunlight exposure.
Dangers to Watch Out For
As much as we love dogs of all colors, shapes, and sizes, there are some things to be aware of when talking about color. Some breeders are irresponsible and create dogs with coats that, whilst beautiful, can have dangerous consequences on their health.
Such as merle dogs. The merle gene creates a mesmerizing mottled appearance in a dog’s fur and can also affect the color of their eyes. But when the gene is doubled, or two merle dogs are bred together, it carries a significantly higher risk of visual and hearing issues and even facial deformities. So take this into account when adopting a merle Pomeranian, or any merle dog, and enquire about the dog’s parents; a blue merle dog should only have one merle parent.
So-called blue breeds also have Color Dilution Alopecia or the ‘diluted’ color gene. This is a genetic condition that affects the pigments in a dog’s coat and skin, causing them to be lighter than they should be. Though it’s a less serious issue, CDA can cause fur loss and vulnerable, irritated skin that requires lifelong topical treatments.
The Most Adorable Pomeranian Colors
From black to orange, we have listed the most adorable Pomeranian colors for you to read about.
Black Pomeranians are rare and widely desired for the richness of their coat color. With a true black Pom, everything down to their eyelids, lips, paws, and claws are solid black, with a slightly reddish tinge if the dog is exposed to sunlight a lot during their puppyhood.
A pure white Pomeranian is an even rarer find than an all-black one. A lot of Pomeranians are actually born white, but most of them darken to a different color. A truly white Pomeranian is all white, with the obvious exceptions of their facial features and paw pads.
Cream-colored Pomeranians tend to be a silvery color as puppies. When fully grown, they can vary from an off white color to a very pale brown, often referred to as honeycomb-like. Cream-colored Pomeranians are a popular pet!
As you might imagine, a chocolate Pom’s coat is a rich, deep brown color. And they are as sweet as their namesakes! Interestingly, chocolate-colored Poms tend to have hazel colored eyes instead of brown.
Orange Poms are born a pale color, sometimes even white. But as they mature, the fur coats deepen to a beautiful orange. This can be light, bright, or dark. True orange Pomeranians won’t have any other colors within their fur, and these are the most common & popular types of Pom dogs! Check out our list of names for orange dogs if you are interested in this variation.
A very dark orange coat is considered to be red. It is categorized differently because the more vibrant the color, the most distinguished and desired the dog is to prospective owners.
Another rare and ‘solidly’ colored Pom, blue Pomeranians have outer fur that is light-dark grey in color, with a blue-grey undercoat, and sometimes blue eyes.
These dogs are usually a silvery color at birth, and some may appear to be black at first glance. They do carry the CDA gene, so watch out for skin issues if you’re thinking of adopting one!
Blue merle Pomeranians are as gorgeous as they sound. With their striking & unique speckled blue-grey coats, and often blue eyes, it would be hard not to fall in love with a dreamy merle Pom pup.
These dogs are very uncommon, but if you do find yourself adopting one, just make sure you know the dog’s full background as double merle genetics can be hazardous to the dog’s health.
Pomeranians with a chocolate merle coat have the fabulous blue merle fur, with added dark brown markings. Chocolate Merle coats are just as unique and individual as blue merle coats, and just as hard to find!
Once affectionately known as ‘biscuit’ colored, these so-called beaver colored Poms are also a result of dilute genetics, and they’re quite uncommon. The shades of their coats can vary between beige to orangey-brown.
The best of both worlds, particolored Pomeranians are usually primarily white, with markings of black or brown. Parti Poms have distinctive white blazes on their faces, and their dark markings can be seen in puppyhood as pink spots within the snowy white fur.
A tri-colored Pomeranian has black, white, and brown or tan markings. These dogs have it all! Most tri-colored Poms are primarily black or white, while some are a fairly equal mix of all three colors.
Where an orange Pomeranian has black tips, they will be classed as orange sable Pom. This color is beautifully rich and often described as ‘bear-like’.
Blue Sable Pomeranians are a mix of a light-medium blue undercoat fur and darker blue guard hairs.
A dreamy mix of cream and sable-brown, this colored Pom has to be seen in real life to experience the richness of color in their fur. Their undercoats are light and creamy, and their topcoats have a silvery-tanned tinge to them. Photos just don’t do it justice!
Chocolate Sable Pomeranians have a light-medium brown undercoat with darker chocolate guard hair.
Wolf Sable Pomeranians look like beautiful little rain clouds and are extremely rare. They are primarily a dark silvery-grey color, with lighter patches and markings. They are called wolf sable Poms because their coats resemble the stunning grey wolves of Eurasia and North America.
Black & Tan
Another striking combination, black & tan Poms are colored and marked similarly to German Shepherds, only much smaller, and much fluffier!
Chocolate & Tan
The chocolate & tan category pretty much covers any and all mixes of deep brown with lighter shades of brown. Chocolate and tan Pomeranian markings typically have defined manes and very distinguished eyebrows!
Blue & Tan
Another unique mix, blue and tan Poms have a gorgeous blue coat with tan markings, often around their facial features & feet. The colors are quite a striking combination and these dogs are hard to come by.
Brindle colored Poms have a very wild look to them, their coats are streaked with reds, browns, and black. They often have a dark stripe running down their backs and are quite uncommon.
Blue brindle Poms’ coats are similar to regular brindles, but with blue fur mixed in, usually as the dominant color of the coat, and less red colors. A blue brindle is even rarer than a regular one!
Do Pomeranians Have Markings?
Pomeranians that are purely one color, which is generally the more common ones, don’t have any markings. But Poms with more than one color can and do.
For example, particolored Poms tend to have a blaze or stripe in the middle of their faces, brindle Pomeranians have a dark stripe going down their backs, and chocolate & tan Poms have defined eyebrows & manes.
Which Pomeranian Color is the Most Rare?
The rarest color of Pomeranian would be lavender. It isn’t included in our list because it’s not officially recognized, but so-called lavender or lilac Pomeranians, though extremely uncommon, are out there.
Lavender Pomeranian fur is grey with a purple-ish tinge. The color is created by mixing two dogs with diluted genetics; most likely a blue and a beaver colored Pom.
Which Pomeranian Colors are the Most Expensive?
Pomeranians with coats that are a solid color such as black, white, and the super rare solid colors like lavender and blue are the most expensive Poms you can adopt. That said, pure red and orange coats aren’t anywhere near as costly, because they’re so common.
But rarity isn’t everything! Mixed colored Pom dogs are nowhere near as expensive as single-colored Poms, even though they’re a lot less common.
The price of a Pomeranian puppy costs between $500 – $6000, depending on several factors including color. Pom dogs of show quality have been known to sell for around $10,000. But most often, Pomeranians sell for between $1,000 and $3,000.
How To Maintain A Pomeranian Coat?
Fully grown Pomeranians have two coats, as most Spitz breeds do. Their coats consist of a short undercoat of closely compacted fur, and a long, straight, fluffy topcoat of guard hairs. In order to keep it healthy, here’s what you need to know.
Pomeranians need brushing at least three times a week. Their coats are so dense that it’s needed to stop the fur from matting. That said, never brush their fur dry! Spray them with a natural leave-in conditioner. Because their fur can dry out easily, this will also protect it from sun damage and dry, cold winter air.
Don’t bathe your Pomeranian more than once every six months and don’t cut their hair! Poms have minimal self-cleansing oils within their skin, and these will be stripped away from bathing too often. Their coats also don’t usually over-grow or need cutting, but if you feel it does, ask a professional groomer, as cutting it incorrectly can permanently damage their coats.
Those are the different Pomeranian Colors! Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments down below.