White Pomeranian Puppy Scam

Last Updated on June 11, 2024 by Denise Leo

White Pomeranian Puppy Scam
White Pomeranian Puppy Scam

I see advertising for WHITE Pomeranian puppies every week.
The white Pomeranian puppies referred to in most of this advertising are usually not true white Pomeranian puppies.

These “would-be whites” may appear “white” to the uneducated, but these white Pomeranian puppies are usually cream or parti colours or even orange as adult Poms.

The usual ploy is to advertise a very light-coloured Pomeranian puppy, a cream puppy, or a very light white and orange parti-Pomeranian puppy as white.

Pomeranian Coat Colours Often Change

Many disappointed new Pomeranian owners have sent me photos of Pomeranians sold and registered as white Pomeranians. Some of these white Pomeranians were not even cream at maturity but have matured to be orange or parti-coloured Pomeranians.

One of the many scam cases I have seen even includes an orange Pomeranian who was registered as White and sold by a Registered breeder as a White Pomeranian. This little Pomeranian is now a lovely clear orange Pomeranian.

Most people selling cream, orange, and parti-coloured Pomeranian puppies as white Pomeranians are inexperienced. Other sellers are knowingly using a scam to attract buyers and sell puppies.

Cream Pomeranians and Parti Colorus often start life as near-white puppies. Cream, pale orange, and white parti Pomeranians often start life very close to white in colour. To the uneducated, these puppies may look white, but they will not stay white. It is extremely hard to be sure if a puppy will be white until at least 6 or 7 months of age.

A white Pomeranian should be an ice-white color at 6 to 12 weeks of age, with no cream, lemon, or pale orange patches or shading on any parts of the puppy’s coat.
Carefully check the color of the hair behind the ears of the puppy.

This can be a very helpful guide to the adult colour of most Pomeranian puppies. Cream, very pale orange, or lemon shadings behind the ears or in the hock region may mean this puppy will be a cream or light orange Pomeranian adult, not a White Pomeranian.

Parti-coloured Pomeranians May Appear White as Pups

Very faint cream to pale orange shadings or any patches on any other part of the Pomeranian puppy’s coat often indicate that the puppy is an orange and White Parti Colour.

Owners who have purchased this type of Pomeranian Baby have told me they bought what was advertised as a white Pomeranian and thought the very, very pale cream patches were just dirt.
One owner even told me how she had tried to remove the “dirty” marks with a damp face washer, only to find as the months passed, these pale patches darkened until her puppy was a parti colour.

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White Pomeranian Puppy

At 8 or 9 months of age this Pomeranian Puppy was a pale orange and white parti colour. Pomeranian adult coats and colours can differ greatly from the soft fluffy baby pom coats.

As a breeder of show Pomeranians with 40 years experience,  I have found that often light Pomeranian puppies will darken and dark Pomeranian puppies will lighten.

Dochlaggie have often had litters consisting of darker sable Pomeranian puppies and nearly white puppies. All the puppies ended up to be a similar orange colour at maturity. In some cases it may be impossible to accurately predict the ultimate colour of the Pomeranian. View this article on coat colour changes in the Pomeranian.

Pomeranians start changing from puppy coat to adult coat anywhere between 4 and 8 months of age. Major changes can occur in a Pomeranian puppy’s coat colour during this period.

I have seen very close to white Pomeranian puppies with pale orange shadings behind the ears darken with age, until as an adult Pomeranian this puppy may be a light orange Pomeranian.

Then I have bred cream sable Pomeranian puppies, born a dark grey, fade to a very pale creamy white coat, with very pale grey coat tips at 9 months of age.

How to Safeguard Yourself from White Pomeranian Puppy Scammers

  • Ask to see the parents of the white Pomeranian puppy.
  • What colour are the parents of this puppy?
  •  Are the parents registered with the kennel club?
  • Ask to see WHITE ADULT Pomeranians.

The above are extremely important safeguards.  As yet we do not have a puppy scammer list Australia available, so to avoid puppy scams Australia buyers need to proceed with caution. Unfortunately there are many Pomeranian scams on the internet.

Puppy sellers may be able to send photos of Pomeranian pups that appear to be white. The photos may have been touched up in photo shop, or the photo has been taken in the correct light etc. The photos may not even belong to the seller.

I have found people using photos of my white Pom puppies on the net to sell white Pomeranian puppies. One “lady” had used initiative, by adding a nice pink heart to blot out my copyright notice.

I think in this case, the seller had puppies to sell, but the unfortunate buyer was not going to receive what was advertised. If the seller is indeed a breeder of white Pomeranians they will own white Pom adults and they will be able to show you white Pomeranian adults.

We all know the story that young men should look at their girlfriend’s mother to see how the girlfriend will age, graceful or otherwise. The same applies to all Pomeranian puppies, carefully check the parents of your new puppy. Chances are very good that the Pomeranian puppy will look like it’s parents at maturity.

Visiting the Pom Breeder is Important

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White Pomeranian Baby Puppy

If possible visit the breeder and see the puppy and the breeder’s other Pomeranians before purchase.
If you are buying on the internet without visiting the breeder, ask to see photos of white Pomeranian ADULTS, owned and bred by this Breeder.

Alarm bells should ring, if when viewing a website of a seller, there are only white Pomeranian puppies pictured and no white adult poms on the website. You could also ask for something in writing that your new baby is a white Pomeranian and will be white when an adult.

Purchase from a Registered, Reputable Pomeranian Breeder

A registered, reputable Pom Breeder registers all their puppies, proves their Pomeranians in the show ring prior to breeding,  health tests, DNA profiles, micro chips, vaccinates, does not accept deposits on unborn, or newborn puppies, does not have credit card or PayPal signs on their website.

The Main Aim of a Registered, Reputable Pomeranian Breeder is to Promote, Preserve and Protect the Pomeranian Breed

A registered, reputable Pomeranian Breeder does not list puppies for sale at the many dubious pet puppy sale websites.
A registered, reputable Pomeranian Breeder does not sell puppies through pet shops.
Puppy Farmers aim to make money, quality disappears in the quest for quantity.

Visit the Pomeranian Breeder Directory to find Pomeranian breeders Australia. Buy white Pomeranian puppies. Locate Pomeranian puppies Australia wide.

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References and Further Reading
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

The Pomeranian Handbook

( Printed and shipped in Australia).


  • Dochlaggie

    Denise Leo ~Dochlaggie Pomeranians ~ Australia ~ Breeder of Best in Show winning Pomeranians. Celebrating nearly 50 years as a Pomeranian Exhibitor/Breeder. Becoming a member of Dogs Victoria (then known as the Kennel Control Council) in February, 1975. During this time, close to 100 of our Pomeranians have been titled in many parts of the World. I’m a Breeder/Exhibitor of many All Breeds and Specialty “Best in Show” winners. I breed high quality Pomeranians in most colours... white, wolf sable, cream sable, orange, orange sable, chocolate, beaver, parti colours, black & tan and black.

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