If you have never heard of a white Pomeranian dog before, we’re about to change that!
The extraordinary. unique white Pomeranian dog adds some enchantment to an already regal breed, with fur as white as snow and a rarity suited for fairy tales!
But what makes the white Pomeranian so special and how does he differ from most other typical Pomeranians? Furthermore, where can you get your hands on one of these tiny white snowballs?
Today’s article answers all of these questions and more! So, let’s learn about the pristine, unusual white Pomeranian dog.
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 on the market 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.
Thus, a white Pomeranian, sometimes referred to as an ice white Pomeranian, is very special indeed!
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.
A white Pomeranian, as previously mentioned, is specifically and carefully bred to maintain the ice white coat while preserving the quality of the dog’s fur texture and the breed’s standard size as specified by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
As previously mentioned, 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, and breeders must be careful during the breeding process as they work towards acquiring a white Pomeranian.
As stated above, 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 a white Pomeranian or not.
You see, according to the American Kennel Club, 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 Pomeranians when they are not, simply because they are born white.
However, Pomeranian puppies often change color as they mature.
To know if you truly have a white Pomeranian on your hands, you should wait until he reaches around eight to twelve weeks old.
How Does Care for A White Pomeranian Differ from Care of Other Pomeranians?
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 Poms, the white Pomeranian 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 Pomeranian 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 white Pomeranian’s face down with a clean canine wipe.
- Paw hair overgrowth: Since a pure white Pomeranian’s coat is so, well, white, we recommend trimming around his paws to keep long fur from picking up excess dirt and grime, which will show up very obviously on his white paws.
- Consistent wipe-downs: Whenever your white Pomeranian 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.
The Pomeranian, for example, is a small but active breed. A brisk walk every day and some playtime in the yard or in the home will be enough to meet his exercise requirements.
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, according to the American Kennel Club, 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 important 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.
Physical Characteristics of a White Pomeranian
A true white Pomeranian from a reputable source should be of the standard size and weight of a typical Pomeranian as specified by the American Kennel Club.
As previously mentioned, the AKC specifies the Pomeranian breed 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 Pomeranian will almost always have dark brown or black eyes.
White Pomeranian Lifespan and Health Concerns
The white Pomeranian has a lifespan equal to that of any other healthy Pom, living anywhere from 12 to 16 years.
Also, white Pomeranians are no less prone to certain inheritable health issues as other Pomeranians.
You should be on the lookout for eye problems such as distichiasis and entropion, hypoglycemia, patellar luxation, tracheal collapse, coat loss, and hypothyroidism.
A high-quality dog food, exercise, and regular vet checkups could help to reduce or even prevent certain health issues in your white 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 white Pomeranian may face in the future.
Also, keep in mind that reputable breeders will be able to provide certificates proving your white Pomeranian 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 white 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!
Early socialization and obedience training will help to keep your white Pomeranian on track and happy in all situations.
Will White Pomeranian Puppies Stay White?
As previously mentioned, when seeking a true white Pomeranian, 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 Pomeranian 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 Pomeranian 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, white Pomeranians 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 white Pomeranian 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 white Pomeranian is the perfect pet!
Keep in mind that very young children could accidentally injure the tiny Pomeranian, so consider this before bringing a white Pomeranian 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?
White Pomeranians 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.
While 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 white Pomeranian through a reputable source.
As previously stated, 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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