Proving a Pom is Purebred?
I rescued my Pom. How do you know if a Pomeranian is full blooded or a mixed Pomeranian? Owner: Leona, Pom: Wiggles
Hi Leona. This is a good Pomeranian question. When the Pomeranian breed is mixed, the genes of the Pom may be so strong that one cannot tell by looking that the Pomeranian is not full blooded.
While the breed standard calls out for a dog that is fox faced and between 3 - 7 lbs ( 1.36 - 3.175 kg); the appearance of a Pomeranian can vary greatly. Some will be on the smaller end of the scale and some will be much larger than the top range of 7 lbs.(3.175 kg).
There are Poms that have thinner, sleeker bodies... and Poms that have a more square, solid and full body. While the standard calls for a fox-like face that actually makes a Pomeranian look like a fox, some purebred Poms will have a teddy bear
or baby doll face. And since this breed can be found in just any canine coat color
that is possible, there is really no color that would be 'off' and lead you to believe that the dog was mixed.
So, how do you know if a Pomeranian is a purebred? If a person purchased a Pomeranian from a licensed, professional Pomeranian breeder and is given documentation and papers showing that dog is a purebred you can trust in this 99% of the time (unless in the extremely unlikely event that the breeder has forged papers).
Many Pom owners obtained their dog through other means, such as: adopting a rescued Pom (like you did), a private sale in which there were no papers to be given, taking over a friend or relatives dog, etc.
In this case, you may certainly feel better by reading through the AKC Pomeranian breed standards and carefully looking over each feature of your dog to see if he or she fits the standard; however this, of course, will not give you proof.
While this of course does not apply to rescued dogs, if someone is without papers, they may try to track down the parents of the dog, to see if both of the parents have papers and are registered as purebreds.