A RAINBOW OF COLORS
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Many people have asked what color a pup will be as an adult, or for the proper name of a certain color. This page is meant to help those who may be new to poms, or new to exotic colors. I am no authority on all the colors myself, so I have enlisted the help of those that have expertise in this area, many of whom have been breeding poms for decades. Those who have allowed me to use pictures of their dogs are listed on each picture. I have tried to organize this page by color, so scroll down if you want to see something in particular. All pictures have been used by permission and have links that will take you to the owners individual websites, just click on the pictures.
ORANGE & RED
Oranges don't always look orange as pups, many times they have alot of gray and white on them and are sold as wolf sables or blues. Here are some pictures of pups and adults.
This is our boy Harpo as a 4 mo old pup and as a 1.5 yr old adult. Many people have seen his puppy picture and asked about the "wolf sable" or "blue" pup. Harpo is considered orange.
This is Piece of Eden's Painted Lady (aka MiMi), the first picture is of her at 8 wks, and the second at 5.5 months in the uglies (head and face coat gone). She was very dark as a pup and, although she is getting lighter, will probably still end up orange sable as an adult.
This is one of the only truly red dogs I have seen in person. She has a gorgeous glow to her coat. Once you've seen it you'll want one of your own. Sabling is the incorporation of black guard hairs in the coat. The black hairs on Lil Red's back make her a sable, her basic color being red. If the sabling is a color other than black it is described in the name of the color; example: Chocolate Sable is a dog with chocolate colored sabling. Pigment should be the same color as the sabling; a Blue Sable dog would have a blue nose, eye rims and pads of the feet, in addition to blue guard hairs.
BLACK & BLUE
Many people mistakenly call black puppies "blue". The reason for this is that as puppy fuzz dies on a black puppy and gets ready to fall out, it lightens to a gray/white. Overall the puppy may look blue, but as the adult coat comes in , the puppies true color appears. To determine if a puppy is truly blue or not, look at the nose, pads of the feet and eye rims. On a blue puppy, the pigment in these areas should be blue (actually gray). Looking at a puppies faces will usually tell you the true color. When they go into the puppy uglies, the face coat is the first to fall out( called the monkey face) and so it is normally the first area to grow back in, so it is a good place to look for true color.
Notice how the dying puppy coat looks gray on the black puppy above, though its face is black. On the adult black dog, below, her coat is in good condition and no gray remains.
Parti's come in as many colors as solids. Although all colors are now accepted by AKC, the markings on parti's, as well as black and tans, still play a major roll in their success in the show ring. The perfectly marked parti would have a blaze down the center of its face and a predominantly white body.
Exhibitors/breeders have been perfecting the oranges and reds for years, so the quickest way to breed the quality into the colors was to cross exotics with oranges/reds. This sometimes produces what is called a "mismark". A mismark is not a parti, although is parti factored. Being that all colors are accepted by AKC now, even the mismarks are showable, placing even more emphasis on quality, rather than color.
The following are mismarks:
The white feet on an otherwise solid colored dog is all it takes to be a mismark. Similarly, the white on the chest of this blue girl would still make her a mismark even if her
feet weren't white.