Information On The White Pomeranian – Origin, Breeding, Coat Maintenance, and more.
White Pomeranians are some of the most visually stunning dogs of this particular breed. They are relatively rare because other Pomeranian colors are so much more dominant in the breeding process. To achieve a pure, white Pomeranian- there must not be any other color for five generations, going back in the past records. White poms are a popular choice for families, possibly because they are harder to find. It is important to research reputable breeders to find the right one for you.
The Breeding of White Pomeranians
Breeding pure white poms is not an easy task. You must be careful when combining white on white dogs. Sometimes too much of this breeding can lead to undesirable qualities such as pups being too large. Orange is a dominant color for Pomeranians, so this must be deliberately bred out. Sometimes, a faint yellow hue, called lemon is a result of trying to breed out colors. AKC standards require poms to be free of any other color than white, to be official. Even though there are other shades close to white, like cream- these do not fulfill the all white standard.
One common way of producing white Pomeranians is by crossing cream sable with wolf sable dogs. This combination helps to erase the other colors while producing a pure white pup. Ice white Pomeranians come from the Chinchilla gene. Breeders must focus on the quality of the coat, as well as the coloring. A high standard white Pomeranian has a thick, quality feel fur. Breeding must ensure quality puppies to carry on the highest standard of the white Pomeranian. Pomeranians came originally from snow white sled dogs. Breeding white poms with other white Pomeranians will often create all white puppies but too much breeding of the wrong dogs could hurt the quality of the offspring.
Changes in Color
It takes an experienced breeder to distinguish colors of puppies when they are born. Parti-color poms and cream colored poms look almost white at birth. A seasoned breeder will know that fur color changes as the pups get older.
It is not until a puppy is at least 10-12 weeks old that you can be assured his color will not change. An official white Pomeranian will not have any shading (pale orange or lemon) behind its ears. In fact, any faint coloring disqualifies a Pomeranian from being a true white.
This change in coloring is not exclusive to the white Pomeranian. Many breeds of dogs have pups that begin light colored at birth and then switch to a darker shade. In the case of the white Poms, even a tiny patch of color may grow as the puppy gets older. Parti-color poms are often a good example of almost white pups at birth changing.
Some problems arise because puppies are usually adopted at eight weeks of age, and their coat color may still be developing. An experienced breeder will use their knowledge of the breed to predict the color of the coat. However, this breed is allowed to have their coat colors changed numerous times on the registration papers.
Skin and Eyes of the White Pomeranian
A real white Pom will have dark eyes (brown or black) and the skin around its nose and pads of their feet will be black. If the pup has lighter colored eyes and blue or liver skin color, it is most likely not a pure white Pomeranian. Even parti colored poms do not have the black skin and dark eye combination.
How do I know if it is a white Pomeranian?
As stated above, it is sometimes impossible to predict the actual color of a puppy’s coat until he reaches 10 or 12 weeks. You should only look for pups from an established, knowledgeable breeder. Breeders of white Poms should have at least either the sire or the dam of the puppy available for you to see. It is unwise to buy a white Pomeranian from the internet after only seeing photographs of the dog. Some unscrupulous breeders could use photoshop or other methods to make the puppies appear solid white.
Tips on caring for your white Pomeranian:
- Tear and water stains show up on this particular coat color more so than any other fur. Wiping your Pom’s mouth after eating and feet after outside activity will help minimize this problem. Also, make sure you are using filtered water that won’t cause the yellow stain. There are quite a few whitening products available for this issue.
- Keeping baby or puppy wipes handy will assist in keeping their white fur sparkling. Use these after walks or just during the day to prevent staining.
- It is important to keep your Pomeranian groomed and trimmed so that long fur won’t drag on the ground.
- Research to find reputable groomers in your area who are familiar with the texture and particular needs of an ice white coat.
- Urine stains can be permanent if not taken care of immediately. Puppy Wipes or a warm washcloth with a gentle cleanser works well.
- An ice white coat can be stained or discolored if the puppy is out in the sun too much. Limit direct sunlight.
- Ear mites, if left untreated can cause discoloration around the ears.
- Some Pomeranians are infamous for having saliva stains around their mouth. There are products to help remedy this.
- Some foods stain white coats worse than others. Usually, a dry mix is preferred.
Helpful stain remedies:
- Tear stains can be treated with products such as “All Systems Tear Stain Remover.” If you plan on showing your dog, there is a white dog chalk made to hide stains before you start.
- Salvia stains can be prevented by using a doggie bib. You can quickly improvise your bib by using microfiber cloths or other materials.
General Maintenance for White Pomeranians:
- Regular baths are essential to keep coats white. There are some splendid products, such as “Biogroom,” or “Number 1 All Systems” that are made specifically for white coats.
- Bleaching is an option, but just the slightest error incorrect measuring can prove disastrous to a white coat. Do not bleach more than once a month. Bleach for this use can be purchased at your nearest beauty salon.
- It is important to use conditioning shampoo to maintain the glossy look and texture of the coat.
- Regular brushing will help keep the Pom’s coat looking great.
Famous people who own white Pomeranians:
- Queen Charlotte, who was the wife of George III of England (1744-1818), had two white Pomeranians, named Mercury and Phoebe.
- Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton both have white poms.
- Carmen Electra has an ice white Pomeranian.
- Sashi, a famous white Pomeranian starred in the movies, “Papi,” and “Quigley.”