The Pomeranian is strictly a type rather than a colour. This breed is standardised in Germany, as Pommerngans, in white, whole grey and greyback. In the UK, Greyback is the popular colour, but the grey is equally popular on the continent.
The greyback Pomeranian differs from the UK Greyback in that the undercarriage has a single, central lobe in the Pomeranian. The German birds also have a distinctive, bold head, and an orange-pink bill – rather than just plain orange.
In the Greyback, both sexes show patches of their wild Greylag ancestor’s colour in their plumage, the markings being the result of the spot gene.
The stong-chested appearance of the modern Pomeranian has been arrived at by careful selection to provide breast meat and fat, and this has given it the distictive shape.
At an average weight of 7-8 kgs, Pomeranian Geese make excellent guard geese. Good strains may lay more than 70 eggs in a year.