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Do Pomeranians shed?

Many people ask: “Do Pomeranians shed?”

The teacup Pomeranian, as mentioned on the homepage, traces its roots to a Nordic heritage.  Nordic refers to Northern Europe in simplistic terms and as such, you can imagine how cold it can get when temperatures plunge below freezing.

The double-coated Pomeranian insulates itself from these ultra-cold temperatures in the winter.  It also keeps him from getting sunburned and overheated in warmer times of year.  Even during the summer temperatures can rise into the 70s and 80s in northern climates and thus animals need to be flexible and capable of adapting to weather changes.

dopomeraniansshedDouble-coated dog breeds like the Pomeranian generally shed twice a year.  Known as “blowing their coat” they will shed their entire undercoat over a 3-6 week timeframe on average.  On a best case scenario you can expect to have your dog shedding 6-12 weeks (or a month and a half to three months) each year.  Generally speaking, shedding is usually more pronounced in the spring and in areas where climate can change rather dramatically between the seasons.

However, prospective Pomeranian puppy purchasers should go into this buying decision with their “eyes wide open” so to speak because, these dogs are capable of shedding throughout the year if they are kept indoors.  Since most Pomeranians are generally house dogs, you do face the potential reality of ongoing shedding and this can be particularly troublesome for some owners.

The fur coat is one of the signature calling cards of the Pomeranian and is often prized by their owners.  Unfortunately, these lovely little dogs require some hands-on care and can be classified as a little high maintenance.  Their delicate fur can get matted, dirty and filled with debris of various kinds quite easily and it takes some work to keep them looking pretty, including lots of bathing.

You should expect to brush your dog’s coat at least two to three times a week to remove any debris, remove loose strands and stimulate hair growth.  During periods of shedding you will want to brush more often to expedite the process, remove the hair that is being shed and to help keep your home free from this annoying fur. Find out if the shaved Pomeranian lion cut is an appropriate solution to shedding.

Do-it Yourself Grooming of Your Pomeranian

Use a slicker for the Poms shorter hair and a pin brush for the outer coat.  Failure to be diligent with the grooming of your Pomeranian may result in the dead undercoat remaining trapped under the outer coat.  This may cause skin problems and also matting.

Pomeranians and Children

Pomeranians and children do not mix.  You should avoid purchasing a teacup Pomeranian for a variety of reasons if you currently have children under the age of 13 or are planning on having children.  Additionally, if you frequently have children in your home for whatever reason, we strongly encourage you to seek an alternate breed.

First and foremost, Poms are small dogs with relatively brittle bones and a body structure that is susceptible to serious injury with any sort of rough play.  Many children are incapable of fully understanding or comprehending how vigorous their level of play or interaction is with a tiny animal.  And frankly, Children can be oblivious to their surroundings and consequently step, jump or sit on a tiny Pom and gravely injure it.

If you have children, then you are fully aware of the above arguments.

Also, children are loud, disruptive and filled with quick movements.  This can often result in elevated stress levels within your dog and this combination of fear and stress may result in the biting of a child.  Given the propensity for children to be rather tactile and hands-on with dogs, your dog will be repeatedly picked-up and handled, maybe even fought over in a tug-of-war between two sparring siblings.  All of this handling can easily lead to the dropping of your dog or in the dog leaping out of the arms of one of your children with the resulting landing causing broken bones and internal bleeding.

If you have your heart set on the Pomeranian and have children/or are planning on having children, it can be quite difficult to heed this advice.  Your heart is kind of set on this particular dog.  But, you have to do what is in the best interest of your dog and family and introducing a Pomeranian to this sort of environment is simply not wise.

In the event that you choose to ignore this advice (which, I am sure some of you will), then it is incumbent upon you to ensure that your children are thoroughly trained and given strict rules on how they should interact with the family puppy.

But, let me caution you one more time.  Imagine a situation where one of your children accidentally causes your dog to get injured, perhaps fatally.  Do you really want that on your conscience?  Do you really want your child to suffer through the guilt of knowing that their actions resulted in the death of the family dog?