It seems that there are some types of Pomeranians always available for sale or in rescues. The domestic dog has incredibly flexible genes, and some types are proof of this. The original Pomeranian is probably extinct. They were sturdy sled pullers and sheep herders. Two centuries ago, they weighed about thirty pounds. When they went to England, the trend began to keep them smaller and smaller. There are now toy dogs, teacup Pomeranians and exotic puppies today on both sides of the Atlantic.
The only thing that sets exotic Pomeranian puppies apart from standard puppies is their color. That is all. If you have an exotic dog, be prepared for many know-it-alls to say, “That’s not a real Pomeranian because the color isn’t right.” If you want to show your dogs then exotic types are not for you as they may be disqualified even if you can prove that your exotic Pomeranian puppies are all purebreds.
Exotic Pomeranian puppies will still have the build of standard puppies, regardless of their coat color. Since the Humane League of the United States says that a quarter of all abandoned pets are purebreds, there’s a good chance your so-called exotic Pomeranian puppy is a purebred. This will help you determine what your potential puppy’s strengths and weaknesses are. He will also be better prepared for medical problems later on.
Exotic Pomeranians are most likely to be abandoned through no fault of their own. Due to their small size, (like most toy dogs) they are difficult to housebreak. The small bladders mean they can’t hold as much. Some have had success training exotic dogs to use a litter box. Their coats shed a lot and they shed twice a year. At four to five months of age, exotic Pomeranian puppies can look quite bedraggled. These coats need daily grooming, or else they quickly become unhygienic.
Some puppies come in blue, multicolor (a few patches of solid color on a mostly white body), chocolate (dark brown), beaver (another shade of brown), lavender (a shade of light gray), and merle blue (must be seen to be believed). With the exception of merle blue, none of these colors are dramatic enough to grab the attention of the average person. And yet, exotic Pomeranian puppies cost many hundreds of dollars, even if they are responsible breeders.
Why do people care what color a Pomeranian is? Because some colors are in fashion and others are not. Some people want to have a “special edition” that is hard to come by and brag about it. But exotic puppies act like standard Pomeranians. And they are becoming more brittle and less healthy with each passing color fad. There seems to be more emphasis on color and small size than health in these dogs. Pomeranians are believed to have the weakest teeth in the dog world.