|This Pom is red, but the breed comes in many other colors. The AKC breed standard states "All colors, patterns, and variations there-of are allowed and must be judged on an equal basis." However, this is not the whole story. Image is from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license.|
- Blue eyes, either in part or in whole
- Common in merle and piebald dogs
- Improper pigmentation
- A liver or blue nose in a red, orange, or cream dog. A pink nose in piebalds
- Improper sable
- Overlay on a sable cannot be liver or blue
- White feet
- On otherwise solidly colored dogs
|This Pomeranian has a white paw|
|This Pomeranian has a liver nose|
In addition to the above dilemma, red-based Pomeranians cannot have liver or blue pigment in any form, be it in the coat as sabling or when it is only confined to the skin. As such, reds, oranges, creams and the sable variations of the same colors are generally never bred to diluted dogs so as to prevent the production of an undesirably pigmented puppy. Again, the standard's statement of allowance for all colors is a flat out lie when such a simple thing as the wrong color of nose can kick a dog out of a dog show.
|This Pomeranian has a blue eye|
Again, the Pomeranian standard states, verbatim, "All colors, patterns, and variations there-of are allowed and must be judged on an equal basis." Despite this statement, not all variations of all colors are considered acceptable. For one thing, this is a poor way to state a standard if it does not represent the truth of the matter. Also, there is nothing wrong with the dogs who are the unacceptable colors. If they happen to be superior to their fellows in every other way, especially health and temperament, color is a pointless barrier to have be in the way. In addition, as with all dog breeds, Pomeranians are part of a closed registry system and as such genetic diversity is a concern. By splitting a breed into color classes, the already limited genetic diversity from the closed population is narrowed even more. If the Pomeranian is to continue to exist as a breed, genetic diversity is of great importance. As such, ignoring color altogether when the standard already says that color shouldn't matter only makes sense.