****POM UGLIES/PUPPY UGLIES****
AT AROUND 8-10 WEEKS OF AGE YOUR NEW POM IS A CUTE LITTLE BALL/PUFF OF FUR. BETWEEN 12-16 WEEKS OF AGE, YOUR POM WILL GO THROUGH WHAT BREEDERS CALL THEIR "PUPPY UGLIES" OR "POM UGLIES" STAGE. THIS IS WHEN YOUR PUPPY LOOSES MOST OF ITS FLUFFY UNDER COAT LEAVING THEM LOOKING VERY AWKWARD.
AS A BREEDER OF POMERANIANS, I'M WRITTING THIS TO INFORM EVERY NEW POM OWNER OF THIS AWKWARD STAGE OF ADOLESCENTS EACH PUPPY MUST GO THROUGH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 3 TO 7 MONTHS. I ASURE YOU THAT BY THE TIME YOUR LITTLE ONE IS 10-12 MONTHS OF AGE, HE OR SHE WILL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DOUBLE COAT MUCH LIKE THAT OF HIS OR HER SIRE AND/OR DAM.
IF YOU ARE PLANING ON BREEDING YOUR NEW POM, YOU SHOULD ALSO BE AWARE THAT YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEMALE (DAM) POM WILL ALSO GO THROUGH THIS "POM UGLY" STAGE. DAMS LOOSE THEIR COAT AFTER HAVING A LITTER. SO GET ALL THOSE GREAT FULL COATED PICTURES OF YOUR DAM BEFORE SHE LOOSES HER COAT.
Here is a short overview of the colors of a Pom's coat.
Sable Pomeranian dog. Sometimes this color will not show in a Pomeranian picture. In a photograph the dog will look brown or black. You will only notice the sable color when in person with the dog. A sable colored Pom will have a brown or gray coat of fur with black on the ends of the fur. You would need to be up close to the Pomeranian to see this.
Red Pomeranian dog. A red Pomeranian will be a reddish-orange colored dog. The two colors will not be distinct. The coat of the Pomeranian will be one blend of a red-orange color. Red will not mean red as in an apple. With a red Pomeranian, the dog will be the darkest, deepest orange possible for fur.
Orange Pomeranian. An orange Pomeranian will be a light tan-orange color. The tan and orange colors will not be separate. The entire coat of fur will be one color. The orange will not be that of the orange fruit, An orange color Pomeranian will be a light, golden tan-orange.
Cream Pomeranian dog. With a cream Pomeranian, this dog will be just as you would think. If your Pom is cream color, she will be the color of the cream that goes into coffee. Think of having a large bucket of white, adding in just a drop or two of brown and mixing it around.
Brown and black Pomeranian dogs. These colors are self explanatory. If you have a black or brown colored dog, there will not be any other colors, the dog will be a solid brown or black.
Blue Pomeranian. A blue Pomeranian is not the color of the sky. You will actually know your Pomeranian is blue color by looking at his nose. It's fur will be a dull black color but his nose will have actual blue color on it. His eyes may also be blue.
Tan or white Pomeranian dogs. These colors are just as they imply. The colors will be solid without another hue mixed in. However, there is always a chance that a white dog may actually be an albino. An albino will have light blue eyes, a pink or white nose and pinkish skin.
Wolf sable This is a light grey undercoat with a darker shade of steel grey guard hairs with black tips. There will not be cream or an orange tint to the grey base color. With a wolf sable Pomeranian, eye rims, nose, lips and pads are black.
Chocolate Pomeranian chocolate dogs will remind you of a Hershey's chocolate bar.
Brindle This Pomeranian dog will have a base under coat of golden tan, deep red or light orange and then have black fur crossing over in stripes.
Merle This is a solid base of either red, brown or black. Light blue, grey or red is mixed in, usually in patches, giving the dog an interesting speckled appearance.
Lavender This is an exotic Pomeranian...imagine a grey Pomeranian, lightened with a touch of purple! Truly amazing.
Parti - Colored Pomeranians
Any Pomeranian that has a second solid color is deemed to be parti-color. A parti-colored Pomeranian is just as valuable and highly regarded as a solid Pomeranian. Parti Poms are very popular...as each dog will be unique and the patterns can be quite remarkable.
Some dog breeds such as the Boxer are deducted points or barred from dog shows if their colors are not "right". For example, a white Boxer with tan patches. However, a Pomeranian of any combination is held just as high as a solid Pom. However, we should note that some dog organizations will give higher points to a parti-pom if:
* The Pom has a base coat of white with only 1 certain secondary color
* The patches are symmetrical. For example, a white Pomeranian with a black patch on each leg
* There is a strike of white running up the Pomeranian's head
* The patch matches the points. The points of the Pomeranian are the lips, eye rims, nose and pads of the paws. Any patches that fall in the blue category should have corresponding blue points on the Pom. A Pom with brown patches should have brown points and a Pomeranian with just about every other colored fur patches would have black points.
What makes a parti-colored Pomeranian? It is the genes of the dog's parents. In addition, genes can and often do skip generations. When 2 parti Pomeranians are breed together, this will always produce parti puppies.
There are 3 basic types of Parti Pomeranians: Irish Parti, Piebald Parti and Spotted Parti Pom.
Can a Pomeranian change colors? Yes! Some Pom owners wonder if their once solid Pomeranian is turning into a parti-color dog. This often happens when the dog enters the puppy uglies. The puppy coat may be a completely different color than the adult dog coat.
During this time, a once solid Pomeranian may be parti-colored during this temporary phase. In cases of change, once all of the puppy fur is replaced by a new shade, the Pomeranian will be solid again, albeit a different shade. For example, a red sable Pomeranian may turn into a sable Pom once having its adult coat of fur.
Does Color Matter?
In dog shows, all Pomeranians are allowed to enter and there is not one color is judged to be a better than another one. For example, a black Pomeranian is not consider more rare or more valuable than a parti-color Pom. The only time that this issue matters is if you have your own personal preference.
If you are buying a Pomeranian dog and want a certain colored dog, it is suggested to find a good breeder ahead of time. Once doing so, you can ask that breeder if he or she has plans to breed a white Pomeranians, black Pomeranians, etc. . If a breeder has both a male and female dog of the exact same color, the pups will most likely have those genes, as well. However the color of a dog's fur can skip a generation. A breed who specialized in certain colors will carefully select the pairings of dog who will most likely produce the desired color... however Mother Nature plays the final role in this.
POMERANIAN WEIGHT/GROWTH CHART
How big will your Pomeranian puppy grow to be? How much will a Pomeranian puppy grow? These are the questions that every new Pom puppy owner wants to know !
The size of your Pom once an adult will depend on:
An experienced breeder will have the knowledge to carefully select the pairings of dogs to produce desired size and color. One must still remember that Mother Nature does have the final say.
It is not possible to know exactly what size a Pomeranian puppy will grow to be; however it is possible to estimate the size, usually within a 1/2 pound.
This is done by looking at the age of the puppy & the pup's current weight.
Directions for using the Pomeranian Growth Chart:
All Numbers are in ounces, except for the Final Adult Weight of the Pomeranian, which is in pounds.
To convert your Pom's weight in pound to ounces, remember:
16 ounces = 1 pound
16 ounces = 1 pound. If your Pomeranian is 3.3 pounds, the formula would be 16 (the ounces that are in a pound) x 3 (becuase the Pom is 3 solid pounds) + 3 (becuase the Pom is the .3 pounds on top of the 3 pounds), which equals 51 oz.
Another example: If your Pomeranian is 2.5 pounds, the formula would be 16 x 2 = 5 which equals 37 ounces. 1. Look in the column all the way to the left, find the age of your Pom puppy.
2. Slide your finger across the row until you stop on the weight in ounces that your pup currently is.
3. Then, slide your finger all the way to the bottom of the chart to end up on the Final Adult Weight.
1. Look in the column all the way to the left, find the age of your Pom puppy.
|Birth||2.5 oz.||2.75 oz.||3 oz.||3.5 oz.||4 oz.||4.25 oz.||4.5 oz.||5 oz.||5.5 oz.|
|18 Month||2 lbs||2.5 lbs||3 lbs||3.5 lbs||4 lbs||4.5 lbs||5 lbs||5.5 lbs||6 lbs|
The Truth Behind Mini Pomeranians
There is no such recognized breed as the Teacup Pomeranian, miniature Pomeranian or any other name that implies that there is a separate and distinct dog breed, smaller than the standard Pom, which is "special". There is only ONE Pomeranian dog breed.
However, use of this name may be used by breeders as a verb (meaning small) to describe a Pomeranian who falls on the low end of the accepted weight scale.
What is not acceptable, whould be a breeder who purposefully breeds unethically, to produce dogs who are smaller than nature intended.
The only real and recognized breed is simply the "Pomeranian". Pomeranians are small enough! A dog sho falls under the accepted weight will most likely have many health issues.
Also, any breeder who also shows... would not try to produce smaller than natural Poms, as they would not be accepted into the show ring.