Are There Any Other Differences in Appearance?
You may wonder if there are any other differences between these 3 different face types. Aside from the above information in which we do explain the important fact that only the fox face is considered to be the AKC standard, there is no other difference. All have the same thick double coats, all will goes though the "Puppy Uglies" and all should weigh, as an adult, between 3 and 7 pounds. All have the same grooming, care, health and dental needs...And all come in the 19 solid AKC colors, exotic colors or are parti -Poms (more than 1 color).
Some say that the ears of a Teddy Bear Pom are smaller than other face types. However, this does not hold true for all Teddies. What breeders focus on the most is the length of snout.
Health Issues of Teddy Bear Pomeranians
As with any breed that has been developed to have a flat, smooshed face (known as brachycephalic dogs - and this includes the Pug and Shih Tzu) there are increased health issues when the facial structure of a dog is flattened. This centers around issues of the nose and throat including:
- Elongated soft palate; the palate in the back of the throat extends out, obstructing breathing.
- Stenotic nares; nostrils openings are too small.
- Breathing problems due to a smaller than normal windpipe.
These conditions will be more common with Teddy Bear and Baby Doll Pomeranians than the traditional and standard fox face. If you have a Pom with this sort of facial structure, you'll want to keep an eye out for such signs as heavy snoring, raspy breathing, trouble breathing during hot, humid weather and/or coughing.