Amazingly, getting your hands on a real white Pomeranian puppy can happen. But it’s a hard dog to get hold of! In this article we take a look at how Poms are bred to have snowy white coats, and let you know what you need to do to find a white Pom of your own!
- Where do white Pomeranians come from?
- White dog coat care
- Pomeranian size
- Lifespan and health
- Coat color vs temperament
- Do white Pomeranian puppies stay white?
What Is A White Pomeranian?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the rarest of them all? A snow-white Pomeranian is perhaps one of the rarest color of Pomeranian today. In fact, breeding a true white Pomeranian could take as long as five generations to get right!
This is because there are so many different colored Pomeranians. And solid colors are already pretty difficult to come by to begin with. Not to mention, the genes that create most other colors and patterns in a Pomeranian’s coat are more dominant than the gene that causes the coat to be white.
How Did White Pomeranians Come About?
While some may confuse a white Pomeranian for an albino Pomeranian, that is simply not the case. In fact, the earliest Pomeranians were actually more commonly white, or sometimes black. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria adopted an orange Pom that the color became so popular. Thus being one of the most common colors bred by enthusiasts!
Today, however, a solid white Pomeranian is perhaps one of the rarest colors of Pomeranian to come by. This dog is specifically and carefully bred to maintain the ice white coat. Doing so while keeping the quality of the dog’s fur texture and the breed’s size as specified by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
A true white Pomeranian is most likely the cautiously crafted offspring of generations of careful breeding.
It’s all in the genetics
The gene that causes a white Pom’s coat to be white is recessive. Breeders must be careful during the breeding process as they work towards creating one. The breeding process of a true white Pomeranian is slow and could take years. With breeders carefully breeding out all other more dominant colors while simultaneously ensuring they don’t overbreed whites to whites.
Overbreeding of whites to whites could cause Poms that are larger than the standard size. Or reduce the quality of fur texture and density. And just like with size, there are strict guidelines on when a Pom is truly white or not.
You see, a true white Pomeranian has absolutely no lemon or cream patches or other shadings in their fur. They must be purely white! Unfortunately, many Pomeranian’s are registered as rare white Poms when they are not, simply because they are born white.
White Dog Coat Care
Pomeranians of any color require a certain amount of upkeep, especially when it comes to grooming, and the white Pomeranian is no different. Just like other colored dogs, the white Pom has a double coat that will need consistent brushing to reduce matting and to help keep loose hair at bay. He will also need his ears cleaned regularly to avoid infection, and his claws trimmed to avoid breakage.
Other than that, a white Pomeranian does have a few special grooming needs you’ll want to be aware of.
- Tear staining: A white dog is going to show tear stains much more prevalently than Pomeranians of most other colors. It is best to have some quality tear stain products on hand and be sure to regularly and gently wipe your pup’s face down with a clean canine wipe.
- Paw hair overgrowth: Since a pure white coat is so, well, white, we recommend trimming around his paws to keep long fur from picking up excess dirt and grime. This will show up very obviously on his white paws.
- Consistent wipe-downs: Whenever your dog comes in from a romp in the yard or a walk, it is best to wipe him down with some quality canine wipes. This will help to keep his white coat clean in between bath times.
Keep in mind that all dogs, not just the white Pomeranian, will benefit from high-quality dog food and daily exercise that meets their needs.
How Big is an Adult White Pomeranian?
The standard size of the Pomeranian, regardless of if he is white, orange, sable, or any other color, is still the same. Many white Pom lovers will look for a white toy Pomeranian or a white teacup Pomeranian, or even a white miniature Pomeranian. The truth is, all Pomeranians are of the toy group and their standard size, is about three to seven pounds in weight and under seven inches in height.
It’s important to go through a reputable source who understands the standard size and weight of a Pom. This is vital not only if you plan to show your Pomeranian, but also because ensuring they were bred to grow to the proper size gives a better chance of longevity and health.
A true white Pom from a reputable source should be of the standard size and weight of a typical Pomeranian. The Pomeranian breed needs to be about six to seven inches tall, weighing anywhere from three to six pounds.
Of course, the white Pomeranian will be, you guessed it, white! This means no other color markings will do, regardless of how faint they are. And an all-white dog will almost always have dark brown or black eyes.
White Pomeranian Lifespan and Health Concerns
Pomeranians live anywhere from 12 to 16 years. Also, white dogs are no less prone to certain inheritable health issues as other Pomeranians. You should be on the lookout for eye problems such as:
- Patellar luxation
- Tracheal collapse
- Coat loss
A high-quality dog food, exercise, and regular vet checkups could help to reduce or even prevent certain health issues in your Pomeranian. However, not all health issues are avoidable as some are genetic. For this reason, we recommend early health screening whenever you get a new puppy.
Health screening could help you to prevent or prepare for possible health issues your Pomeranian may face in the future. Also, keep in mind that reputable breeders will be able to provide certificates proving your puppy has been health screened.
White Pomeranian Temperament
Historically bred to be lap dogs, Pomeranians are known for their friendly, affectionate nature, and a white Pomeranian is no exception! Spunky and outgoing, intelligent and eager to please, the Pomeranian is full of life and knows how to have fun!
Keep in mind Pomeranians in general love to use their voices, so they make for wonderful watchdogs. However, they are quite small, and while they do well with children, they can be easily injured if handled too roughly.
The Pomeranian has something of a big ego as well, with virtually no idea how small he is. Keep this in mind when you bring your white Pomeranian around other strange dogs who are bigger than him. If he doesn’t like them, he won’t be afraid to pick a fight, and that could be dangerous for him!
Will White Pomeranian Puppies Stay White?
When seeking a true white puppy, be sure to keep in mind that just because you’ve found a white puppy does not mean he will stay white. Pomeranian puppies change color as they mature, and even breeders who specialize in white Pomeranian puppies won’t have white puppies every time.
If you have your heart set on a white dog, we recommend researching what to look for in a puppy. Remember, a Pomeranian puppy’s true color may not show up until he is 8 to 12 weeks old. But sometimes you can tell early on by looking behind the puppy’s ears. Typically, a true white puppy will not have any shading or discoloration behind his ears.
Is A White Pomeranian Right for Me?
If you love Pomeranians in general and are looking for something unique, then the white Pomeranian may be a perfect choice! However, they will be difficult to come by and therefore they will likely be a little bit pricier than your typical Pomeranian.
Also, be aware that, like any Pomeranian, grooming, and maintenance is going to be a bit of a commitment for you. A white Pomeranian especially will require some extra care when it comes to tear stains and coat upkeep.
You should also remember that they are vocal, so if you are looking for a quieter dog, the Pom may not be the best choice. However, if you want a dog who will alert you of all things suspicious (and not so suspicious) the Pomeranian is the perfect pet!
Keep in mind that very young children could accidentally injure the tiny Pomeranian, so consider this before bringing a toy breed into a home with young or rougher children. And of course, we always recommend early socialization with any new dog, whether he is a tiny Pom or a huge Mastiff!
I Must Have A White Pomeranian Puppy! Where Can I Find One?
These pups are gorgeous, rare, and sweet, so we can’t blame you for wanting one to call your own. However, when looking for an ice white Pomeranian, beware of the novice breeder or sellers online. And remember, there is no such thing as a white teacup Pomeranian puppy.
All Pomeranians should come in one standard size. Some people will try and deceive you by claiming their “white” Pom puppy is a true white Pomeranian. Others may truly think they have these rare treasures on their hands and sell them for more than they should.
For your best bet on finding white Pomeranian puppies, we recommend going through breeders who specialize in them. And are able to show you proof of other white litters and parent breeds.
Also, keep the white Pomeranian dog price in mind. While the average Pomeranian costs anywhere from $600 to $1500, the white Pomeranian price could be as high as $4000.
Remember, one of the most important things is that you get your puppy through a reputable source. Responsible breeders should be able to provide health certificates proving their puppies have been screened and are ready for adoption.
Now, best of luck with your white Pomeranian! You surely have a rare snow-white treasure on your hands! Let us know about him in the comments.
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