Do Pomeranians Shed? [During Summer & Winter]

Pomeranians are cute, fluffy little dogs. They were originally called Dwarf Spitz, Zwergspitz, LouLou, and Pom. They only weigh between three to seven pounds and have a personality the size of the Lonestar State. 

Since they’re so fluffy and cuddly, a common question asked about them is whether or not they shed. Since a Pomeranian has two coats, they definitely shed. Puppies will begin to shed around 4-6 months, females shed after giving birth, and in general, both males and females will shed once to twice per year.  If you’re thinking of acquiring a Pomeranian, there are some characteristics about them that you should know about, aside from the shedding.

Do Pomeranians Shed In The Summer and Winter?

During the spring and fall, Pomeranians will shed excessively. When winter is approaching, the Pom will shed its light summer coat to allow for winter fur growth. Pomeranians do not tend to shed in the summer, only if the female has a litter of pups. Additionally, they will shed if they are under stress or have other health issues. 

Winter Coats

A Pomeranian is a small dog with a lot of meat on its bones. This is why they need to have a fluffy coat on them during the colder months. If they didn’t have this fluffy coat, they wouldn’t survive.  Pomeranians originated from a cold region and are built to withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit with their thick coat intact. They were originally bred to pull sleds, much like Huskies, which means they used to be three to four times their size today. 

Malnutrition & Their Coats

Poor nutrition can lead to excessive shedding. As with humans, a poor diet can lead to different types of issues in Pomeranians. Shedding is one of these issues. This is the number one cause of excessive shedding in Pomeranians. It’s best to ensure your Pom has a diet that meets their nutritional requirements, not just the cheapest stuff you can find. 

When choosing food for your Pom, you should look at the highest quality foods. The general price range is $4 per pound. Additionally, you can add minerals and omega-6 to their diet to give them a healthier coat. Not only that, but it helps replace the oils in the dog’s skin. 

Behavior

Pomeranians are tiny little dogs with a lot of bark. They are highly suspicious of strangers and when they see one, they’re going to bark, a lot. Since they are so small, they aren’t a good match for homes with small children. This is especially true for children who are highly active. Poms and small children should never be left unattended as the dog could be easily hurt.

Additionally, Poms are also smaller than they think they are, which means their bark is bigger than their bite. They don’t realize they’re small and they may choose to tussle with a bigger dog that they think may be invading their territory. Lastly, they’re unbelievably difficult to housetrain. It’s been advised to crate train them. 

Crate training

When you crate train a dog, it makes housetraining simple. The dog won’t usually pee or poop where they sleep and eat. They will hold it until they are released from their crate. When you are not with the dog, put them in their crate so they won’t have accidents in the house. This also prevents any bad habits from forming. As long as you let the dog out for frequent bathroom breaks if you’re home, they’ll become more likely to do their business outside. 

Additionally, crates will help prevent them from becoming bored and having separation anxiety. If you put toys in the crate with the dog, especially toys they can chew on that are stuffed with a few treats, they’ll learn to chew on toys and not personal items and how to entertain themselves. 

Personality

Poms are extroverts and unbelievably smart. They enjoy getting to know new people and get along great with other animals even though they tend to show dominance to larger dogs. They are fantastic watchdogs due to their alertness and curiosity. Anything that seems out of the ordinary, they will bark at it. You can teach them to not bark if you don’t want to listen to it all day.   

Health

Pomeranians are just like any other dog, prone to certain illnesses depending on the breed. They are generally very healthy, but they can develop hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease.  They can also develop allergies, epilepsy, eye problems, Legg-Perthes disease, patellar luxation, collapsed trachea, and dental issues. There are a variety of foundations for each issue that can give you more information regarding what to look for and how to care for it. 

Grooming

The Pomeranian has a thick double coat with a soft, fluffy, thick undercoat. Their topcoat is long, shiny, and straight that forms a frill around the neck and chest. Their tail curls up to their back and lies flat upon it.

Their tails don’t look like this when they’re born and it can take months to form that way. Since Poms do shed moderately, you should brush them once or twice per week with a metal comb and wire slicker brush. Males will shed their undercoats once per year and females that aren’t spayed will shed their undercoats when they are in season, stressed, or after they deliver a litter. Brushing the dog with a brush and comb will distribute their natural oils that come from the skin. It keeps the skin and coat healthy and prevents the dog fur from forming mats or tangles. 

How To Properly Groom Your Pomeranian

Grooming yoru Pom the right way is fairly easy. You should start at their head and part the coat and brush forward so it falls back into place when you’re done. You can trim the dog occasionally to keep their fur neat, especially around their feet, face, ears, and behind.

s you’re grooming, you should check for rashes, sores, and signs of infection such as inflammation of the skin, tenderness, and redness. You may find it on the nose, mount, ears, eyes, and feet. The ears shouldn’t have a stench to them, shouldn’t have wax in them, and their eyes should be clear with no redness or discharge.  

Bathing

You can bathe them as often as you would like, whether monthly or every day. Make sure you use a mild dog shampoo and conditioner and if they start to smell between baths, sprinkle some baby powder on their coat, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and brush it out. 

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene and nail care are a grooming necessity. They are prone to dental issues, so you should be extremely watchful. Brush their teeth once per week at a minimum. It’s better to do it daily if they’ll let you. 

Nail Trimming

If your Pom doesn’t wear their nails down naturally, you should trim them. If you can hear clicking while they’re walking, they’re too long. Keeping their nails trimmed will also keep you or your little ones from being scratched when your Pom jumps to greet you. 

Additional Reasons For Shedding

You can tell a lot by how a dog’s skin and coat feel. Excessive shedding can be a sign of illness, whether they are heavy shedders or not. If you think that your Pom is shedding more than itthey are supposed to, it can be caused by certain factors such as: 

  • Poor quality shampoo
  • Skin problems
  • Stress
  • Poorly balanced diet
  • Poor grooming practices
  • Not brushing enough
  • Bathing too often or too little

Haircuts For Your Pomeranian

Now that you know how much a Pom can shed and how frequently, next is figuring out what kind of haircut is best for keeping the maintenance of your dog to a minimum. One haircut that should be avoided at all costs is the “shaved lion”. This haircut involves shaving their bottom half while leaving their top half full. It is supposed to resemble a lion. However, even though it’s cute and trendy, it can leave your Poms fur to grow back uneven and patchy. Additionally, it can leave them susceptible to hypothermia during the colder months. In the summertime, it can make them susceptible to sunburn and heatstroke. 

If you are looking for some cuter haircuts, here are some that are highly recommended by groomers all over the world: 

  • The Fox Cut
  • The Teddy Bear
  • The Paw Cut
  • The Half and Half Cut

Final Thoughts

Pomeranians are certainly cute and fluffy, but they do shed quite a bit. Males should only shed their coats once per year, but females will shed during certain situations.  As mentioned above, there are plenty of methods that can keep the shedding to a minimum.

Bathe them frequently, groom them, don’t use low-quality shampoo and conditioner, and make sure you are keeping them trimmed and well-fed on a proper diet. Be sure to keep a lint roller handy as their fur will take over your clothing if not kept up with. 

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