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Black Pomeranian Dog Information
A solid Black Pomeranian dog should possess a coat which consist of black guard hairs with a black undercoat and should be a “coal black” color. The dog’s coat should be free of any red, white-colored or brownish fur. The points ( eye rims, pads, lips and nose) must be also be black.
Guard hairs on an adult, all black dog should be precisely the same colour throughout the dog’s coat. Exposure to sunlight can cause some burning to the coat, which will appear as red tinges on the fur of Pom dogs who spend long periods of time outdoors. A black Pom’s undercoat may possibly appear a lighter shade especially preceding shedding.
Some Pomeranian black puppies often will have greyish tones to their coat during the coat change or puppy uglies stage. This is usually nothing to be concerned about, as when the adult coat comes in the Pomeranian pup’s coat will usually change to a solid, bright black color.
A Black Pom will usually have white patches in the coat, even if it is only one or two hairs on the chest area. Mismark Pomeranian puppies are usually the result of using a black and white Pomeranian ( what is called a black and white parti Pomeranian) in the breeding program.
Examples of a Pomeranian usually referred to as a mismark are a black pom with one white leg, or white feet or a white collar and blaze.
Black in the Pomeranian also includes the Pomeranian patterns parti color, which is white with black patches, brindle Pomeranians and the black and tan Pomeranian dog.
Black and Tan Pomeranians: As the name suggests, are black coloured poms with rust or tan markings.
Here at Dochlaggie, I have owned, bred and exhibited numerous black Pomeranians over a period of many decades and have found the Black poms seem to have a temperament and personality all of their own.
History of the Black Pomeranian Dog
Black Pomeranians were highly sought after in the early years of this breed. However the popularity of the black Pom declined when orange and sable Pomeranians made their appearance in the Pom dog world. Pomeranian breeders desperately wanted to breed and exhibit the highly desirable orange and orange Sable Pomeranians.
The original colours in the Pomeranian breed were the white Pomeranian, black Pomeranian and cream Pomeranian. In 1803, William Taplin published “The Sportsman’s Cabinet” and mentions the black Pomeranian dog not being seen as often as the white Pomeranian and other colours.
Are Black Pomeranians Rare?
The all black Pomeranian colour is just as popular today, as it has been during any time in the history of this dog breed.
All black Pomeranians are NOT one of the rare Pomeranian colours. Although, not a rare Pomeranian, a Black Pom dog is not as common or popular as the orange Pomeranians and orange sable Pomeranians. Black Poms still have many fans who would not own or even show another coloured Pomeranian.
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Breeding and Exhibiting Black Adult Show Pomeranians
During the past 100 years, many black toy Poms have won top awards. A Black Pomeranian, Champion Banner Prince Charming owned by Mrs. Frank Smythe won Best in Show at the very first American Pomeranian Club Championship Show.
Many black Pomeranians have contributed and greatly influenced the breed. A recent top winning black pom, was Best in Show Champion Finch’s He Walks on Water. Known at home and to his fans as Travis. Travis has been described as the biggest winning black Pom in the history of the breed. Travis was the winner of 12 Best in Show awards and sired 67 Pomeranian champions.
The Pomeranian in black is an important addition to any Pomeranian breeding program. Breeding a black Pom into the oranges and red Pomeranians enhances the colour clarity of the coat and improves pigmentation in only one generation.
Black is also a very helpful colour to add to a white Pomeranian breeding program. Most successful Pom kennels will include at least one black to use to improve and maintain these very desirable Pomeranian dog qualities.
Personally, I don’t like showing a Pomeranian Black dog. I have found many judges appear to ignore a good black in favour of the more popular orange and orange sable in the show ring. I have also found that blacks can be more difficult to prepare for the show ring than the orange and orange sables.
Another problem is the choice of contrasting colour clothing for the handler. Never wear black or dark coloured clothing when handling any black dog. Light and bright clothing is a much better choice for handlers of dark coloured dogs.
Breeding Black Pomeranians
When you attempt to breed black Pomeranians, what you want will determine what you do. If you want to keep the intensely dark black pigment, don’t breed with Pom dog dilution genes.
The ideal choices to breed quality black Poms are other black Pomeranians, black and tan Pomeranians, dark orange sable Pomeranians, red sable Pomeranians, and intense red Pomeranians.
If you plan to breed black Poms with black Pomeranians for numerous generations without including sable genes, it’s likely that the texture of the coat will be lost, but the black intense pigment will remain.
Black Pomeranian Grooming and Black Pom Coat Care
Grooming a black Pomeranian is a little more difficult than the standard or orange or orange sable Pomeranians. This colour dog’s coat needs special care and attention if it is to look it’s best in the show ring. The black pom is another coloured Pomeranian dog who needs to be kept out of direct sunshine during the summer months to avoid any red tinges or sun burning of the dog’s coat.
Dog coat conditioning sprays containing sunscreen are a must have item to maintain coat condition for a pure black Pomeranian.
N.B. This article first appeared on the Pomeranian headquarters website and is published here with written permission of the author.
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References and Further Reading:
 Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
 English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard , 2017.
 Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook“.
 Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
 Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
 William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
 E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
 Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.
The Pomeranian Handbook
( Printed and shipped in Australia).