The Pomeranian is a small dog with a thick coat that is fluffy. But which are the best pomeranian grooming styles?
Their coat is actually a double coat; the undercoat is thick soft fur which supports the plain coarse-textured hair of the topcoat.
Home grooming or use a professional groomer?
Should you groom your pomeranian at home or take the dog to a professional groomer?
That depends on the amount of time you have; also on whether you have physical disabilities that prevent you from doing it.
What you will need to groom your Pomeranian at home
If you choose to groom your Pomeranian at home there are a few things you will need;
- Good dog shampoo
- Nail clippers, nail Dremel, or both
- A good wire (pin) slicker brush; these brushes look like this
- Clippers or barber scissors to trim the feet, ears, face, and bottom to keep it clean
- Towels or blanket to dry
How to properly brush your Pom
Your Pomeranian requires you to brush him/her a minimum of twice a week.
Every day is actually best due to the thick double layer of the coat it tangles and mats easily.
Before you start to brush, wet the coat with a leave in conditioner. Never brush your Pomeranian’s coat when it is dry.
Then brush out from the skin instead of along the body.
If you come across tangles, use a splitter to get rid of the mat or tangle that you cannot brush or comb out.
Then use a double edge comb to come out the rest of the dead shedding hair and tangle.
Bathing your Pom
When you bathe your Pomeranian you can either put the dog in your bathtub or a scrub sink.
Wet the dog, and apply a good dog shampoo then work into a lather from the head to the tip of the tail. Make sure to do the belly as well as the butt.
Rinse the dog well so that the skin does not become dry and itchy.
After you have rinsed the dog; there are leave in conditioners for dogs that you can apply.
A conditioner can help with brushing out tangles.
Right after a bath is the optimal time to brush the dog.
Trimming your Pomeranians nails
Now that you have dried and brushed your Pom it is time to trim the nails.
You can use dog nail clippers or a Dremel.
You clip the nails like any other dogs. Do not clip back to far or you will make the toenail bleed.
Dog nails can be tough to know exactly where to trim, especially those that are black. Clear nails you can see the quick and know not to cut that far back.
It is a good idea to set up a grooming schedule even if you use a professional groomer a schedule can help you maintain the grooming in between appointments.
According to “Pomeranians for Dummies” the following schedule will help keep your dog healthy and looking good;
- Clean around the eyes daily.
- Brush the dog daily or a minimum of twice a week.
- Brush the dog’s teeth daily or at least once a week.
- Check the ears once a week, for any trimming they need as well as dirt, wax, or odor that could be an infection.
- Clip nails every other week unless your dog does a lot of walking on concrete or asphalt.
- Bathe the dog monthly.
- Trim the dog monthly.
- Professional grooming needs to done every 6 weeks.
Grooming styles for Pomeranians
There are 3 main styles for Pomeranians. The best pomeranian grooming styles are as follows;
The show cut
If you plan to enter your dog into a dog show you must maintain the show cut. To do this you do very little trimming or cutting of the hair. There are no alterations done to the coat other than trimming around the face, ears, paws, and backside all to keep the dog healthy.
Teddy bear cut
An absolutely adorable cut for the Pomeranian is the teddy bear cut.
When done properly your Pomeranian will look like a cute cuddly teddy bear.
The cut is low maintenance compared to the show cut.
In this cut, the hair around the head and neck, as well as the shoulder and chest area is longer than the rest of the body giving the appearance of a lion mane. The end of the tail also remains longer to look like a lion tail.
This style will require regular grooming around the “mane” area to prevent tangles and matting of the hair in that area.
When should you start grooming your Pomeranian?
Like all dogs, it is important to start grooming early.
When you bring home your Pomeranian puppy you should begin introducing him or her to grooming including bathing, nail clipping, and brushing of the teeth.
At 8 weeks old the Pomeranian puppy is ready for regularly scheduled bathing and grooming.
As you do this task consistently with them they will even begin to enjoy the brushing and pampering of bathing and brushing time.
Remember to start slowly and be gentle. It is better to allow the dog to become familiar with the process slowly so as not to scare or traumatize the dog.
Using a professional groomer
If you choose to use a professional groomer there are a few things to do in order to find one that will be right for you and your little friend.
Here are some tips on what to look for when it comes to professional groomers.
- Make sure they are licensed.
- Inquire as to what immunizations are required for the customer’s dogs.
- Ask to see a portfolio of animals they groom.
- Look around the grooming shop to make sure it is clean.
- Request to see how the process is done.
- You also want to ask if they air dry or use blowers; if blowers what type of blowers.
- Speak to clients to see if they are satisfied with the grooming that their animal receives.
Following the tips above will help you find the groomer that is right for you and your four-legged friend.
Pomeranians require diligent grooming in order to keep them tangle and mat free.
You can choose from at least 3 different grooming styles.
The 3 most popular styles for Pomeranians are lion cut, teddy bear cut, and show.
Teddy bear cut is the lowest maintenance of the 3 styles.
Before you run to cut your pooch hair, take a look at this funny video: