While the Pomeranian breed can be found in an array of colors, it is orange that most people think about when picturing a Pom (at least non-Pom owners) and is the classic Pomeranian color. It is one of the oldest colors as well; however, even back in the 1700's there is mention of sables, brown (chocolate), white and creams. The Pomeranian Project, which is a site that has put an extensive amount of work into researching the development of this breed lists the very first orange Pomeranian winner in the UK as being Ch Mars. And his win occurred in 1907. He was not a perfect orange Pom since this coat color should have a black nose and he had a brown nose, however his gait was ideal; so much so, that from that moment on, an ideal gait was referred to as 'Mars action'.
Photo courtesy of Regina
As mentioned, that first orange champion did not meet standards in regard to his nose coloring. Orange Poms should have black points; this refers to the skin pigmentation of the eye rims, nose, lips, and paw pads. Nowadays, in show, anything other than this would result in major point reductions.
Orange with a Marking
If a Pomeranian is orange and has another color, that color is almost always white or cream. Yet having those 2 colors does not always mean that the Pom will be a parti Pom
(2 colored coat). If the 2nd color can be considered just a small 'patch', the Pomeranian may be labeled an 'orange with white markings'.
99% of orange Poms with markings will have that secondary color appear on the head and/or chest and it may or may not be present on the paws. It would be exceedingly rare for an orange Pomeranian to have a sole patch of another color on a different area such as just his lower back or just his tail.
A good example of this (though half of her is tucked into bed!) is is Tinka (image right on computer, below on mobile). This is Pomeranian is a gorgeous dark orange with white marking.
Tinka, Photo courtesy of Nola Moore
Levels of Orange
While 'medium' orange is considered the classic color, orange Pomeranians may range from a very light orange (almost like an apricot and this could be mistaken for a tan for those not familiar with the breed) to a very dark orange (if orange is very dark, one must consider classifying the Pom as a red).
It is common for an orange Pom to appear to have fluctuating intensity of his color. Everything from the color of a chair he is resting on to the amount of natural sunlight when looking at him to the length of the hairs can affect just how orange he appears.
Also, if you look very closely at a light orange Pom, you may notice thin streaks of cream. This is usually not considered to be a secondary color or a marking, but rather a typical element of light oranges.
Zooey, Photo courtesy of Lyssa
Sable refers to dark tipped hairs, so if a Pom has an orange base color and then has sabling, the Pom is an orange sable. This is true no matter the intensity of the orange, whether it be very light or super dark.
Sabling tends to change a lot when a Pom transitions through the puppy uglies, which is the phase in which the puppy fur falls out quite rapidly to be replaced by the final adult coat. More often than not, the sable will decrease during this time, though the opposite can
sometimes happen. However, in many cases, an orange sable Pomeranian puppy will mature into an adult that has a much more visible orange coat than his younger self.
- When an orange Pomeranian has no dark tipped hairs at all, he is a 'clear orange'. If a Pom puppy is born with some black hairs (sabling) this is sometimes referred to as 'smuttiness' and if it all
falls off during the puppy ugly shed, exposing just
a shiny orange coat, this is referred to as 'clearing'. And then if the coat remains solely orange and free of any other colors, the Pom has 'cleared'.
Boo Bear, an orange sable Pom
Photo courtesy of Valerie Orlando
Examples of Orange Poms
- As we mentioned, orange has quite a range from super light (apricot or almost a peach) to deep and dark, bordering on red. Here, we take a fun look at a variety of beautiful Poms, all with their own unique orange coloring...
A pretty medium orange with a touch of cream
Photo courtesy of Patricia Gaduzo from Gibraltar
This orange is fiery! It doesn't get much brighter and shinier than this!
Photo courtesy of AnnHelen
Orange sable; what a fluffy girl!Photo courtesy of Veronika J. Uricko (a breeder in Slowakia (a small country in Europe)
A soft, warm light orange
Photo courtesy of Ruby Muescan
The darkest orange possible, may be interrpeted as red
Olivia Benson Soliz
Photo courtesy of Angela Soliz
A luscious, soft medium orange
Michka, Photo courtesy of Paul and Christophe de Denis la Soie
(Paul & Christophe have 2 Poms; they make dresses like this one themselves!)