Maybe your dog or puppy doesn’t look like a Pomeranian and you are wondering how to find out if your dog is purebred or not.
In this article, I provide the information you need to find out if your Pomeranian is purebred.
A purebred Pomeranian can be determined by having AKC registered papers or a DNA test that confirms the dog’s genetics as being Pomeranian.
What Does A Purebred Pomeranian Look Like
We’ve all seen a Pomeranian but, may wonder exactly what a purebred Pomeranian should look like.
Physical Characterisitcs Of A Purebred Pomeranian
Even though Pomeranians have a standard size and appearance they can vary in looks which may lead you to believe that your dog is not a purebred Pomeranian.
How Can A Pomeranians Apperance Vary
Pomeranians can have variances in facial features, size, stature as well as a large number of fur colors.
Different Facial Features You May Find In Purebred Pomeranians
Fox Face Pomeranians have an appearance that is closest to looking like a fox, giving it the Fox Face name.
A Baby Doll Pomeranian has a muzzle that is a little shorter than a Fox Face but, longer than the Teddy Bear.
Teddy Bear Pomeranians have the shortest muzzle of them all, with fluffy cheeks and closer set eyes giving them an appearance that closely resembles a teddy bear.
Different Size And Statures That You May Find In Pomeranians
You will find purebred Pomeranians that are as small as three pounds and others that are over fifteen pounds.
Some Pomeranians will be taller, longer, and appear sleeker (like my Murphy) whereas others will appear as short stocky little fluffballs.
Colors That Purebred Pomeranains Can Come In
Pomeranians are beautiful and come in one of the largest variety of coat colors of any dog breed.
With such a large number of coat colors and patterns, the unique look of each Pomeranian is truly endless, leaving some Pomeranians not looking like what you may have expected.
Lesser-known colors include blue, lavender, and beaver.
Pomeranian Breed Standard
The AKC Breed Standard for Pomeranians describes these dogs as being short-backed, compact, double-coated, dogs of nordic descent with a heavily plumed tail that curled over its back.
According to the Pomeranian breed standard, Pomeranians should be 3 to 7 pounds and 6 to 7 inches in height.
My Pomeranian Puppy Doesn’t Look Purebred
Be aware that Pomeranian puppies go through a stage called the puppy uglies where their coat transitions from its fluffy puppy coat to its full adult double coat.
Your puppy may get patchy fur during this time and not look like what we expect a Pomeranian to look like.
Most Pomeranians puppies will go through this stage between 6 months to a year old.
How Do I Find Out If My Pomeranian Is Purebred
The only way to know whether your Pomeranian is purebred or not is to have either registered papers confirming your dog’s purebred status or having the dog’s DNA tested.
Do All Breeders Provide AKC Registered Papers
Not all breeders sell their puppies with AKC registered papers for various reasons.
Why Do Breeders Sell Their Dogs Without Papers
Some of the reasons puppies may be sold without papers include the parents not being registered themselves or that the breeder focuses on pets only.
Should I Get A Pomeranians Without Papers
It’s completely up to you if you want to get a puppy that doesn’t have papers.
You will often pay less for puppies that don’t have AKC papers.
All of our Pomeranians had AKC registered parents but, we didn’t receive papers with our puppies.
They were all purchased with the sole intent of being members of our family, we were perfectly happy without getting registration papers.
It’s completely up to you based on what you feel is bests.
Is Pedigree The Same As Purebred
Pedigree and purebred are not the same things.
Being a purebred means that a dog has specific bloodlines from dogs with pure or 100% Pomeranian genetics in this case.
A pedigree is your family history. Every dog has a pedigree, some may be purebred where other may not be.
How Do I Know My Pomeranain Is A Purebred Without Papers
The only way to truly know if your Pomeranian is purebred is to have your dog’s DNA tested.
DNA Genetic Testing For Dogs
DNA testing can be easily done at home with a saliva swab that is sent to a lab for analysis.
Besides finding out if your dog is a purebred Pomeranian, you can find out if your dog is prone to certain health complications and additional information about traits that are specific to your dog.
Should I Get My Pomeranian DNA Tested
It’s up to you if you are curious about your dog’s health and background.
You may be in a situation where you paid specifically for a purebred dog and feel like you didn’t receive a purebred.
This situation could end up being something that you need to look into further with a DNA proving or disproving your dog’s purebred status.
It’s also very interesting and would make a fun gift for a dog lover.
If My Pomeranian Isn’t Purebred Do I Find Out What It Is Mixed With
If you get a DNA test done on your dog you will find out exactly what they are mixed with.
How Do I Make Sure My Pomeranian Puppy Is A Prebred
The only way to make sure that your Pomeranian puppy is purebred is to make sure that the breeder is registered with the AKC, that both parents are AKC registered and that the breeder will be providing AKC papers with your puppy.
How To Find A Purebred Pomeranian
Make sure that you are searching for breeders that are registered with the AKC or American Kennel Club.
You can search for breeders on the AKC Marketplace as well.
The AKC Marketplace is the only place that lists litters of AKC registered litters.
How Much Does A Purebred Pomeranian Cost
A purebred Pomeranian will range in price starting at $800 to $7000.
Some puppies may be more if you intend on adding the dog into a breeding program or show program.
What Should I Do If I Find Out My Pomeranian Isn’t Purebred
It can be overwhelming, frustrating, and upsetting if you discover that your Pomeranian isn’t the pure bred you thought it was.
How you react to this news depends on a variety of things.
What Were Your Expectations
Did you specifically purchase a purebred Pomeranian for certain reasons that required a purebred like breeding or showing?
Did you pay a larger sum of money for a purebred?
Did you buy the puppy as a pet only?
How Do You Feel About Your Dog
Do you love your dog any differently?
Are your intentions for the dog the same regardless of whether it is purebred or not?
Do you want to keep the dog either way?
Was A Crime Committed
How much money did you pay, was it a fair price for a non-purebred dog?
Were you led to believe something different than what you received?
Did you not receive your papers?
Did you receive invalid papers?
Why Do People Prefer Purebred Dogs
Many people prefer purebred dogs as a way to “guarantee” what they are getting.
Every breed of dog has its own physical and behavioral traits that they are known to possess.
When you get a purebred you have a good idea of what the dog should look and act like.
The only way to know for sure that your Pomeranian is purebred is to get your dog from a breeder that is registered with the AKC the other would be getting a DNA test done on the dog to confirm what its genetics are.
Whether having a 100% purebred Pomeranian with paper or not is a completely individual decision to consider.
You may be looking for a new friend and its background being official isn’t important.
On the other hand, you may be wanting to show your dog or add a new dog to a breeding program where its purebred status is vital.
Only you know your situation.
Just make sure that you do not get ripped off and overpay for a dog that is not healthy not legit.