It is better to know, and not be afraid of different! Knowledge
(This is to the best of my knowledge-At This Time)
PARTI'S: Parti's are a coat pattern, not color. They use
solid colors and dilute colors, along with white, in the
distribution of the coat pattern.
Irish Marked Parti: 90% Color to 10% White Ratio (approx)
*Most Dominant of Parti Colors, but can carry (hidden) the
other parti patterns
Piebald Parti: 60/40% to 50/50% Color to White Ratio
*Medium Dominance, but can carry (hidden) extreme piebald
Extreme Piebald Parti: 90% White to 10% Color Ratio
*Least Dominant, most rare, hardest to get.
SOLID COLORS: Black, Red, Orange, & Cream.
DILUTE COLORS: Black diluted turns to Blue or Chocolate
Red chinchilla'ed/diluted turns to Orange
Orange chinchilla'ed/diluted turns to Cream
Cream chinchilla'ed/diluted turns to White
DOUBLE DILUTES: Chocolate (which is a dilute of Black)
diluted again will be Beaver
Blue (which is a dilute of Black) diluted again will be Lavender
SABLE AND & TAN PATTERNS: Sable and & Tan patterns
are coat patterns, not colors, they are produced by the amount
of black (with the other color) on the hair.
Sable is the most dominant of the 2, it is a black "tipping" on
a solid color base.
& Tan is the most recessive, and hardest to get. The & Tan
pattern can occur on any solid color. (Black & Tan, Blue & Tan,
Choc & Tan....)
MERLE PATTERN: A Merle pattern is dominant. Merles only
have health issues if they are a "double M". Roughly 1 in 4 of
a Merle to Merle Breeding produces health problems. It is a
"merling" of colors on the coat. Either a dog is Merle, or it is
not. There are no "hidden" merle genes. Blue Eyes are a
distinct part of a Merle, they DO NOT represent health
problems, they are just an indicator of the Merle Gene. (Such
as white feet or chest on a solid is an indicator of Parti)
I do not recommend Merle to Merle breedings. If you have a
female or male you think is phantom merle breed it to a solid
colored dog (with no merle in pedigree) to see what the pups are like. If any with merle markings
then you know your phantom is a merle and dont accidently breed it to another merle.
There are far more possibilities of Colors in Pomeranians that
we as breeders, haven't even tried, or seen at this point.
There are beautiful wonderful ways to get more than one
pattern at a time. There are Black (blue, choc) & Tan Parti's,
then compound that with adding a brindle or merling
gene....Black & Tan Merle Parti.
The AKC Pomeranian Standard to which judges must judge
accord to says: ALL COLORS AND PATTERNS AND
VARIATION THEREOF MUST BE JUDGE EQUALLY. (You can
see the full description at: www.americanpomeranianclub.org)
Just enjoy the wonderful variety this breed offers, and try to
understand without fear, that everyone of us also has very