Do White Pomeranians Stay White

Do White Pomeranians Stay White (How To Spot A White Puppy)

You imagine all of the cute little white fluff balls when you think of white Pomeranians. Is it possible that not all white Pomeranians will stay white?

Many Pomeranian puppies are born white but, they do not all remain white. A true “ice white” Pomeranian is the only white Pomeranian that will stay white. There are many ways that you can tell if your puppy is a pure snow-white Pomeranian or if they will end up being a different color before you bring your pup home.

What Is A White Pomeranian

A White Pomeranian is a pure white fluffy Pomeranian that doesn’t have any other colors in its fur. A White Pomeranian is not albino and must have black or very dark eyes, black paw pads, nose, eye rims, and lips.

Both layers of this double-coated dog must be pure white. They will have their signature mane of fur around their necks and a fluffy tail that curls up onto their backs.

Pure White Pomeranians can often be confused with the Japanese Spitz. Although they are very close in appearance there are some major differences.

TRAITWHITE POMERANIANJAPANESE SPITZ
HEIGHT6-7 Inches12-15 Inches
WEIGHT3-7 lbs10-25 lbs
MUZZLEShorter and more stubbyLonger and more pointy
How Do I Know If A Pomeranian WIll Stay White

Where Are White Pomeranians From

Today there are 25 differnet color patterns that Pomeranians can be. That wasn’t always the case.

White is the original color for Pomeranians that dates back hundreds of years. These fluffy white dogs of long ago used to roam the Arctic region of Northern Europe were much larger in size (20-30 lbs), they were used as working dogs to pull sleds, herd cattle, and sound alarms.

In the late 1800s, Queen Victoria fell in love with Pomeranians and started her own breeding program. One of her favorite Pomeranians was an orange Pomeranian named Marco. He won numerous titles in dog shows and shifted the popularity from a white dog to an orange-colored dog.

The orange-colored gene is more dominant than the white genes. Over time white Pomeranains were almost bred to extinction.

What Are the Types Of White Pomeranians

There are three types of Pomeranians that can have white fur, with only one being a pure snow white Pomeranian.

White Parti Pomeranians

Parti Poms are Pomeranains that have more than one coat color. The main color should be at least 50% white with other colored patches of any of the other solid colors.

Cream Pomeranians

Some Pomeranians may appear like they are pure white, especially when they are small but, they are actually cream in color. Fully grown Cream Pomeranians can be described as extremely pale orange.

Pure White Pomeranians

Pure White Pomeranains are entirely white without any traces of any other colors or lemon in their fur. All of their points, nose, eyelids, lips, and paw pads must be black.

Do White Pomeranian Puppies Stay White

White Pomeranian puppies will not always stay white.

Pure white, Cream, and Parti colored Pomeranians will often appear white when they are born. Those that don’t have experience with Pomeranains could assume that any of these puppies are white and could be wrong.

The color of a puppy’s fur may change over time. Usually, by the time puppies are 8-12 weeks old you should know if a “White Pomeranian Puppy” will stay white.

Looking closely at the colors that are behind the puppy’s ears should help you differentiate the fur color. If there is any, lemon, cream, or very pale orange shading the puppy will not be a pure white puppy.

When our cream Pomeranian Murphy was born he appeared to be an all-White Pomeranian. Within a short period of time, his cream coloring became obvious. He is a beauiful dog with a very light cream face (with a little white spot on his forehead), belly, and tail. His back is a little more orange-cream in color.

Do White Pomeranians Change Color

Many Pomeranians will change color especially within their first year of life.

As previously mentioned many puppies when they are born appear to be White Pomeranians but, are actually cream or parti.

During the first couple months of life, a Pomeranian puppy grows from a newborn baby into a little fluff ball full of puppy fur. During this time the coloring of their fur may change.

Another major change in a Pomeranian’s fur is called the “Puppy Uglies” which can start to happen around 4 to 6 months of age. This funny stage of growth for Pomeranians can be shocking if you aren’t prepared for it.

During the puppy ugly stage the Pomeranians puppy fur falls out and the double coat of an adult dog grows in. Where it gets “ugly” is that these the fur loss and growth happens at different times so a pup can look very patchy, unlike the fluffy puppy you brought home and the adult Pomeranians we all know.

All Pomeranians will go through these stages of fur growth but, a pure white Pomeranian will always remain white.

How Big Are White Pomeranians

A white Pomeranian will be within the AKC Standard for Pomeranians. Their weight will be between 3-7 pounds with a height of 6-7 inches.

Too much breeding of white on white Pomeranians over time can produce throwback Pomeranians. Throwback Pomeranians are dogs who are larger than the current bread standard. Usually, a Pomeranian that weighs 10-14 pounds or more is considered a throwback.

There has been a trend to breed Pomeranians into “teacup” size dogs that fall under the 3-pound standard. This can be dangerous and result in health issues for these tiny Poms. I do not recommend purchasing a Pomeranian that is purposely being bred to be this small. A petite Pomeranian that falls within the AKC standard will be a much more ethical and healthy pet.

How Are White Pomeranains Bred

In order to achieve true pure white Pomeranains, other colors must be bred out of the bloodlines. Orange is the most dominant color that must be removed as it produces lemon colors which must also be bred out.

White is a recessive gene. With white being non-dominant among a breed with many dominant colors it can be hard to achieve. It may take a breeder five generations to have Ice White Pomeranians.

Breeding two white dogs together are not ideal, over time the coat quality of the dogs is lost. The fur can become heavier, more coarse, and less silky.

The Chinhilla gene and breeding with a white-factored dog make pure white Pomeranians possible. When you breed a cream sable dog with a wolf sable dog, the genes can cross out those colors and produce white puppies. Breeding with a wolf-sable dog will help maintain the coat quality over time and achieve the white coloring.

White dogs that are bred from a parti colored dog will always be parti.

How Do You Know If You Are Getting A White Pomeranian

It can be very difficult when looking for a white Pomeranian. Since many dogs are born white but do not stay white, you need to make sure you are getting your puppy from a reputable breeder.

How To Find A Breeder That Specializes In White Pomeranians

It’s best to contact a breeder that specializes in white puppies. Due to the many different colors of Pomeranians, breeders will generally select which genes that they would like in their bloodlines, white or merle puppies for example.

If a breeder focuses on other colors in addition to white with other colors in the bloodlines there is a chance a white puppy will not remain ice white.

When speaking with a potential breeder ask if you can see the parents of the puppy in person. Pictures can be misleading even if they are not intended to be. If the breeder is successful in breeding white dogs, they should be able to show you some of their white dogs.

How Will The Breeder Know My White Pomeranian Will Stay White

An experianced breeder will be able to tell if a puppy is a true pure white Pomeranian.

A breeder will be looking for any markings on the puppy especially behind their ears in any color tone besides pure white.

What Are The Characteristics Of A White Pomeranian

White Pomeranians are pure white and are free of any other colors including lemon.

The expected eye coloring for white Pomeranians are dark eyes a black or a very dark brown. Their lips, eye rims, nose and paw pads will all be black.

White Pomeranains like other Poms will weight between 3 to 7 pounds. They are 6 to 7 inches tall.

What Are The Grooming Needs Of A White Pomeranian

White Pomeranians require more grooming compared to a dark colored Pomeranian.

  • White Pomeranians will have visible tear stains – tear stains are a natural discoloration from excessive tearing and draining. The medical term is called Epiphora, the eyes are constantly draining and it causes brownish red tear stains. These are much more noticeable on light-colored dogs and will require more grooming to minimize the tear-stain look.
  • White Pomeranians will look dirtier- Your white Pomeranians will naturally look dirtier especially their paws, legs, and belly. You may need to brush and wipe your white dog more often.

Are White Pomeranians Rare

White Pomeranains are rare because there are so many colors in the bloodlines that are more dominant. It takes a breeder many generations to breed out dominant colors to achieve pure white puppies.

Due to the process of breeding white puppies and the fact that Pomeranians have very small litters from one to three puppies, White Pomeranains are rare.

Final Thoughts

A true pure white Pomeranian will always be white although many puppies are born white they may actually be cream or parti colored.

Due to the white color being a recessive gene the process to breed and achieve white puppies is complicated and can take many generations.

With white Pomeranians being as rare as they are it’s best to make sure you find a reputable breeder that is specializing in breeding white Pomeranians when searching for your new family member.

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