Pomeranians with the «& Tan pattern» or «Tan Pointed» come in three base colors – black, brown and blue. All three base colors share the same tan marking pattern.
Pattern: The pattern is sharply defined with Tan points appearing above each eye, on both sides of the muzzle, cheeks, inside of ears, throat, fore chest which has either one very large tan spot or two tan spots called «rosettes» on each side of the chest above the front legs; on all legs and feet, there may be a distinct «pencil mark» line in the base color running lengthwise on the top of each toe on all four feet; the underside of the tail which is on top when the tail is carried over the back; and the pantaloons or skirt. The tan color ranges from a light cream (sometimes referred to as «silver») to a dark mahogany rust. Occasionally there is a lack of the & Tan pattern causing some of the markings to be lost or diminished.
Dogs with any white, other than age graying on the muzzle, with tan markings in areas other than those described here, or without tan markings in the required areas are more correctly referred to as black, brown or blue with tan markings parti color.
Black & Tan
Black & Tan poms are black poms with tan or rust. The undercoat of the base color should be a lighter shade of the base color and the points (eye rims, nose, lips and pads) should be black. In Black & Tan dogs of equal quality, darker rust markings are preferred over lighter tan markings.
Brown & Tan
Brown & Tan, referred to as Chocolate & Tan, include all shades from darkest chocolate to light beaver with tan or rust. They should have brown points, the darkness of the points should be in keeping with the darkness of the base coat color.
Blue & Tan
Blue & Tan poms are blue poms with tan or rust. They should have blue points, the darkness of the points should be in keeping with the darkness of the base coat color.