Changes with Sables
- There is no Pomeranian that has zero changes in color
as he matures. During the first year, a Pom puppy will experience a drastic transformation; this is referred to as the puppy uglies. During this time the downy soft puppy coat (that does not have guard hairs), falls out and is replaced with the permanent adult coat, which consists of 2 layers, inner dense undercoat and longer, guard haired outer coat. Base color often changes at this time, either getting a bit lighter or darker.
Now, with sable
Pomeranians, the main element to keep in mind is that the sable will not remain the same. In most cases, it will decrease; many Poms outgrow their sable. So, while the Pom will be registered as a sable and he may have had quite a bit when young, it will fade out and for some, barely be visible in the adult coat. With that said, in rare cases, just the opposite will happen, which can be a happy surprise.
In these photos below, you'll see Bentley, a cream sable Pomeranian at 12 weeks old (photo 1). His sable is there, most notably on his head up over the ears and a bit on his back. One would expect him to grow right out of that. However, in looking at photo 2, he is seen as an adult and his sable is much stronger. You can see that not only did it remain on his ears, it darkened as well. And look at his back; what was once a few dark tipped hairs is now seen very well as it has come in thicker and is a darker color as well.