Do Pomeranians shed?

August 7, 2013

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.

Category: Grooming

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