Ever wondered what it is like to own a real-life snowball? A white Pomeranian is just that.
White is one of the rarest colors of Poms. Their bright eyes and black nose make a big impact contrasting against their icy white fur.
All Pomeranians are considered a toy breed. The white Pom is no exception – despite their mountains of fur making them seem bigger. These tiny pups are as fun as they are fluffy.
Keep on reading to find out the history of this white fluffy Pomeranian. We share how they are bred, how much a puppy will cost you and more about this adorable snowball dog.
|Size||6 to 7 inches|
|Weight||3 to 7 pounds|
|Coat||Double layered, thick, and fluffy coat|
|Temperament||Inquisitive, lively and playful|
|Family Friendly||Yes, but best in families with older children as their size makes them more fragile than larger breeds|
|Barking||Can be vocal when startled|
|Training||Persistence and consistency from a young age is key.|
|Lifespan||12 to 16 years|
|Health Issues||Prone to luxating patellas, coat loss syndrome, cataracts, and tracheal collapse|
|Price||$1,000 to $2,000|
White Pomeranian Breed Overview
White Pomeranians are rare and unique from other Poms because they are pure white with no other markings or colors. Apart from their fluffy white coats they are just the same, exactly as friendly, playful and energetic.
Pomeranian dogs come from the historical region of Pomerania in Europe, now part of Poland and Germany. They became popularized by Queen Victoria in the late 1800s when she bought four Poms back from Italy, one of which was white.
Her preference for keeping only orange Pomeranians led to the decline and relative rarity of white pups nowadays.
Prior to Queen Victoria white Pomeranians were much more popular.
All Pomeranian dogs have a thick, double-layered coat originally intended to keep them warm in the arctic climates. For the white Pomeranian this makes them look a lot like a snowball with their pure white fur covering them from top to toe.
Although their white fluff may be adorable it makes them prone to heavy shedding all year round. They shed heavily and even more so in their twice-yearly shedding seasons. In spring and autumn you can expect your clothes to be covered in white fur!
The white Pom does have a love for mischief and is an inquisitive dog. They require around 30 minutes a day of walking, but also need plenty of play and games in the house alongside this. They love to explore and might just find themselves in every muddy puddle and patch of grass they can. It is common for them to start a walk white as snow, but they will certainly not end one quite so white.
Although they are friendly and playful Pomeranians in general can be wary of new people, dogs and other small pets at first. They make this clear with plenty of yapping, but once they know that their new friend is safe, they love to play, chase, tumble and run with them.
With their tendency to yap and be vocal they might not be the best choice of dog for someone with neighbors who are likely to get frustrated with the noise.
Is The White Pomeranian Rare?
The white Pomeranian is one of the rarest and it is very hard to find a Pom with entirely snow-white fur.
This fluffy white breed is rare due to the genetics required to produce a white coat.
A puppy must inherit two copies of the “white” gene to be truly white. Much like brown eyes are dominant over blue eyes in humans, other colors are dominant over the color white in Pomeranians. This means white is a much less common coat when compared to the more famous orange, black, or brown colors.
Genetics are not the only reason white Pomeranians are rare.
In order to be called white a pup must be pure white without any markings or shading. Any slight cream, or flecks of orange means they will not be classified as white. This is why truly white Poms are so hard to find.
Normally two cream sable Pomeranians are bred together to produce a white Pom puppy. Breeding two creams sometimes dilutes their dominant cream genes to white. This is the only way to ethically breed them, but it doesn’t guarantee a whole litter of pure white Pomeranians.
You might ask why don’t two white pups produce a white puppy? The problem with this is that the puppies seem to grow up to have poor quality coats so this method is best avoided.
A white Pomeranian is also not the same as an albino. Albinos will also have totally white fur, but will also lack pigment in their nose, eyes, lips and everywhere else. This means they have a pink nose, eyes and lips, not black.
Albinism is caused by a genetic mutation. This genetic defect not only causes a loss of pigment all over their body, but also puts them at high risk of health issues such as skin cancer or blindness.
For this reason if a white Pomeranian is the dog you want it is best to find a true pure white, rather than an albino.
At first glance the white Pomeranian might just look like a tiny ball of pure white fluff! But look closely and you will notice their foxlike features, plumed tails and black feet.
The most striking feature of the white Pomeranian is of course their double-layer of thick, fluffy white fur. They look like they have a lion’s mane thanks to their fur being especially thick around their chest and neck. Their super-soft fluff gives them the appearance of being much bigger than they are.
A full grown white Pomeranian is only 6 inches tall and weighs in at between 3 and 7 pounds.
Pomeranians are sturdy and well-proportioned dogs. The white Pom is often described as having a foxlike face.
Their foxlike features include dark brown almond-shaped eyes, small and upright triangular ears and a delicate pointed snout buttoned with a black nose. Like their nose and eyes, they have black lips but their tongues are bright pink. Some might even have small regions of black on their tongue in unique, cow-print patterns!
White Pomeranians also have the characteristic plumed tails that all of these dogs are known for. They hold their tails high with pride and it can sometimes lie forward against their backs like they are carrying a backpack.
Do They Stay White?
Many Pomeranian puppies are born white but grow up to be cream, lavender or even orange.
You can only tell if a puppy will stay truly ice-white at the age of 12 weeks. This is often after you might have brought home your puppy. Even up to six months old there is a chance that a white Pomeranian might turn out to be cream after all.
Many puppies are registered as white when they are in fact cream or lavender. This means it is likely that white Pomeranians might be even rarer than the records show.
There is however a trick to telling if a puppy is likely to stay white. Look for the area of extra soft fur just behind their ears. If a puppy has no indication of any shading or discoloration in this area then it is more likely that your puppy will grow up to be snow-white.
White Pomeranians are not only born with white fur. They will also have a pink nose and feet which will start to darken at around six weeks of age and will be entirely black by the time you bring your puppy home. Albinos will keep their pink nose and lips for life.
The only way to know for certain if you have a white pup is to wait until at least six months of age.
Full Grown Size
White Pomeranians are considered a toy breed and measure 6 to 7 inches tall and 3 to 7 pounds in weight. People often think they are a bigger breed as their fur makes them seem a lot bigger than they are, but underneath all the fluff they are tiny.
Teacup white Pomeranians are even smaller. They weigh less than 3 pounds and measure at most 5 inches in height. Their name comes from the fact that they could fit in a teacup.
When you get your white Pomeranian puppy at just eight weeks old they will likely weigh just one pound. Like all small dog breeds they will grow quickly and reach their full adult size by just under a year of age.
A good gauge for how big your Pom will grow is to double their weight at 6 months. This calculation will be very close to how much they will weigh when fully grown.
This breed is unusual in the dog world because females tend to be larger than the males. This is only by a single pound, but it is still a bizarre curiosity. Males weigh 4 to 4.5 pounds on average and females are 4.5 to 5.5 pounds.
What Are White Pomeranians Called?
Most breeders will use the name white Pomeranian, but you will also notice that some call them a “white fluffy Pomeranian” or “all white”. Other breeders might pick out their toy-sized cuteness and call them a “small white Pomeranian” or “white pom puppies”.
These dogs can go by many names which might be confusing for first time owners. Don’t panic as all of the names above are the same dog breed.
White Pomeranian Dog Price
A white Pomeranian puppy will cost between $1,000 and $2,000. They cost more than the other colors because they are so much rarer and harder to breed. More common colors such as orange will only cost around $1,000. A non-solid color such as a parti might cost you as little as $800.
The variation in price normally comes from demand and breeders. For example if there are just a few breeders in your area, but lots of people want a white pup you can expect to pay closer to $2,000.
You can also expect to pay more for a female than a male. Females are in greater demand due to the misconception that males have a habit of cocking their leg and peeing all around the house. This is generally not true and proper housebreaking will prevent this being an issue.
A teacup white Pomeranian just about takes the biscuit for the most expensive puppy costing as much as $4,000! Ethically bred teacup puppies are the result of natural variation in a small litter and happen by chance. This means that the chances of getting a teacup puppy that is also pure white are very small.
White Pomeranians pack a whole lot of personality into just six inches of body! What they lack in size they make up for in their oodles of personality. They are known to be mischievous and animated, loving to play games both with toys and their owners.
The white Pomeranian should not just be known for their soft and fluffy, snow-white coat. They are also adorable, spunky and out-going pets who love to play and get up to mischief. There is never a dull moment with this dog – whether it be playing a game of tug of war, solving a puzzle to find the treat, or getting their pure white fur dirty in the mud and grass.
A quirk of this breed is that they are often reported to mimic their owners in personality. If their owner is a social and confident person they are more likely to be extroverted and self-assured too. However if you are a quieter, more introverted individual, your dog might just be that little bit more shy too.
White Pomeranians are generally tolerant of children and other pets in the house, including other dogs. This is especially true when bought up from a young puppy with them. This makes them great in a household with other pets for whom they will make a great playmate. Just make sure they know these pets are a friend, and not a threat.
The Pomeranian is easily injured by rough handling so they are better suited to a household with older teenagers who are less likely to accidentally hurt them.
While a Pomeranian can be friendly and sociable with people and dogs in their family they can be wary of strangers.
They sometimes forget their size and can bite off more than they can chew by picking an argument with larger dogs or people they are nervous of. Your puppy will need proper socialization and training from a young age to ensure their barking habits don’t get out of hand.
Training is often easy as they are clever dogs who are happy to bond over training.
As a white dog breed they are prone to getting red or brown tear stains around their eyes and sometimes their muzzle too.
You will need to wipe their face daily with a soft cloth soaked in room temperature water to remove this staining and prevent it from building up. Alternatively you can use a tear stain remover or pet-friendly wet wipe. Wipes can also double up as mud-remover from their paws after a walk.
Pomeranians have double-layered, thick coats which constantly shed. Daily grooming with a slicker brush is needed to prevent matting. Focus on the areas under the legs, the chest and their bottom which are prone to knotting.
You can also bath your white pup with a pet-safe shampoo once a month to keep their coat in tip-top condition.
Their nails will grow very quickly and may become overgrown and uncomfortable if not kept short. The easiest way to keep their nails short is to walk them on pavements which will naturally file them down. If you decide to cut their nails be careful to not cut down to the quick. If this is cut it will cause bleeding.
Because they have black nails the quick in white Pomeranians is especially hard to see. The best option if their nails are too long is to take them to a groomer who can safely cut their nails for you.
Pomeranians are active and energetic, but as a small breed they will only need short walks of 30 minutes a day. They will use the rest of their energy to play in the house in short bursts throughout the day. This breed is ideal for city dwellers who might not have the time to dedicate to walking a more demanding dog every day.
- White Pomeranians used to be the most popular color. This was before Queen Victoria popularized the orange color in the 1800s. It is also believed that they were up to 30 pounds heavier than the toy breed they are today. Queen Victoria bred them down to a smaller dog we know and love nowadays.
- The white Pomeranian was first seen in the US in 1892 and was accepted into the American Kennel Club as an official registered breed just 8 years later in 1900.
- The first champion of the Pomeranian Club was a white Pom called Rob of Rozelle!
- There are actually two types of white Pomeranian which both look identical. The first is a parti-white which appears as pure white because the colors of their patterning are white. The second is the solid-colored pure white.
- White Pomeranians are considered a toy breed and measure 6 to 7 inches tall and 3 to 7 pounds in weight. People often think they are a bigger breed as their fur makes them seem a lot bigger than they are, but underneath all the fluff they are tiny.