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How to Cut a Pomeranian’s Hair. How to Properly Trim a Pomeranian

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Last Updated on 09/02/2024 by Dochlaggie. Post first published on April 15, 2023.

How do you cut a Pomeranian’s hair? Trimming a Pomeranian dog for show purposes takes time and much practice. Trimming Pomeranian dogs and puppies is explained here with a short Pomeranian grooming video.

Learning to correctly trim a pet or show Pomeranian takes time and much practice. Pomeranian trimming is done firstly for neatness and, in the show ring, to enhance a Pom’s attributes and to minimize any faults.

Trimming can provide a stylish look and outline when done the right way. However, you can’t compare a trimmed Pomeranian to a clipped hedge or a trimmed Bichon or Poodle. Incorrect trimming, a puppy cut, or shaving can result in permanent hair loss issues.

How to Trim a Pomeranian’s Coat for Show

Pomeranian owners wishing to learn how to trim a Pomeranian at home will benefit from my many decades spent grooming Pomeranian hair. Most Pom owners want to learn how to trim a Pomeranian with scissors correctly.

Trimming is done firstly for neatness and, in the show ring, to enhance a Pomeranian’s attributes and to minimize any faults.

Great care must be taken when trimming any of the sables for the show ring. So much beauty can easily be lost if the color in the coat tips is heavily trimmed.

Prior to commencing a full show trim, watch your Pomeranian running around and observe his faults and attributes. Think of ways to make the faults less obvious and, most importantly, ways to make the most of his attributes. Only trim a little at a time.

Pomeranian Trimming Guide
Trimmed Pomeranian Guide

Put your Pomeranian down on the floor and again watch him as he runs around. Checking the areas with more or less hair would be an advantage.

There isn’t a trimmed Pomeranian chart. They shouldn’t be trimmed the same way as a Poodle, nor is this a guide to Pomeranian haircut styles or the lion or teddy bear cut. This is a guide to show Pomeranian haircut styles that look great on pets and show Pomeranians.

Show Pomeranian Scissor Cut Details

How to trim Pomeranian Ears
How to trim Pomeranian Ears

How to Trim Pomeranian Ears

The objective is to make the ears look tiny. Position the ear leather between your finger and thumb. Find the end of the ear leather with your fingertips.

Use your fingers to protect the ear leather. Brush the entire Pomeranian’s coat on the front and back of the ears upwards and trim this hair to the tips of the ears.

Pomeranian Scissor Cut For Ears
Pomeranian Scissor Cut For Ears
Geib Shears

Always keep the length of the inside cuts shorter than the outside cuts. Try not to make the cuts to the tips of the ears too long.

Trimming excessive hair from the ears will merely create the illusion of a Pomeranian with very large ears.

How to trim Pomeranian ears
How to trim Pomeranian ears

Try not to make the cuts to the tips of the ears too long. Properly trimmed, the Pomeranian’s ears and ruff will present the image of tiny ears poking out from a halo of hair encircling the head.

How to trim Pomeranian ears
How to trim Pomeranian ears
How to Trim Pomeranian Ears
How to Trim Pomeranian Ears

How to Properly Trim a Pomeranian Dog – Feet

Toenails need to be trimmed short before you start trimming the feet. Begin trimming excess hair from between the pads. Show Pomeranians should display cleanly trimmed feet and pads when moving away from the Judge.

Trimmed Pomeranian the feet
Trimmed Pomeranian the feet

Place the Pom on his back. Then, using small straight scissors, trim the hair between the pads and just the underside of the foot.

Stand the Pom again and, using small straight scissors, trim around the dog’s feet, removing any hair protruding beyond his toes.

Trim the hair shorter near the toenail, leaving the hair longer near the top of the foot. Blend this hair directly into the lower-leg coat. It can be neatened with thinning shears.

How to Properly Trim a Pomeranian Dog - Feet
How to Properly Trim a Pomeranian Dog – Feet

Pomeranian Haircut Trimming – Legs

Commencing with the front legs, use an imaginary line straight down each side of the Pom as a guide. Using straight scissors, trim any excess hair sticking out from this line. Then switch to the side and brush the hair upwards with the slicker. Again, trim away excess hair.

You’re striving for straight legs with the appearance of no toes. Excessive hair on the front of the legs, in the knee region, should be trimmed; otherwise, your Pomeranian may possibly appear to have “knobby knees.”

Trim the hair on the back of the hocks. Place the Pom on the table and the front of the back legs are trimmed in a similar manner to the front legs.

How to Trim Pomeranian Hair on the Tail

How to Trim Pomeranian Hair on the Tail
How to Trim Pomeranian Hair on the Tail

Commence tail trimming by finding the base of the tail with your thumb.

The area on the Pomeranian’s back, under the tail, is cut shorter in a fan shape. I use ordinary shears; this takes years of practice, so if unsure, be safe and use thinning shears in this area.

Blend this trimmed area gradually into the rest of the coat.

When trimming the tail area, be aware that no amount of trimming will disguise a poor tail set.

Too much trimming of a Pomeranian tail can make a poor tail set look lower than it actually is.

Pomeranian Trimming The Tail
Pomeranian Trimming-The Tail
How to trim a Pomeranian tail
How to trim a Pomeranian tail

Sanitary Trim Pomeranian Style

Trimming hair around the Pomeranian’s anus for cleanliness is recommended. Hair should be trimmed around the anus in a circle shape.

How to Trim a Pomeranian’s Hair – The Dog’s Body

How to Trim a Pomeranian's Hair - The Dog's Body
How to Trim a Pomeranian’s Hair – The Dog’s Body

The Pomeranian could be trimmed to the actual shape designated in purple.

 To shorten the overall appearance of the Pomeranian:

1. The bib would be shortened to not protrude past the nose.

2. Pants that stick out or trail behind a Pomeranian tend to make any dog look longer. The pants would be thinned and trimmed to fit within the purple line.

3. The Pomeranian pictured possesses a high tail set; this requires appropriate trimming and shaping in order to display correctly. An adequately trimmed tail area completes the illusion of a circle appearance.

4. The underneath region. Leg furnishings could eventually be grown into the shape designated in purple & the underneath would be trimmed to an inverted “V” shape. This shape gives the appearance of a shorter body.

Trimming the Pomeranian’s Ruff

Trimming Pomeranian Body Coat
Trimming Pomeranian Body Coat

Always working to create a circle effect. Use the tips of the ears as our guide to the height of the ruff. Trim the top of the ruff level with ear tips using thinning shears.

Brush hair downwards and raise a layer at a time with your pin brush. Trim in a semi-circle with your thinning shears—repeat layer by layer.

Trimming in the direction of the arrows and again using thinning shears shorten the bib.

Trimming The Bib

How to Trim a Pomeranian- trimming the Bib.
How to Trim a Pomeranian- trimming the Bib

Pomeranian Trimming-The Body

Using thinning shears, trim in a downward direction. Pointing your shears towards the Pomeranian’s knees, trim and shape excess hair from your Pomeranian’s bib area.

Trimming Pomeranian Body Coat
Trimming Pomeranian Body Coat
Trimmed Pomeranian
Trimmed Pomeranian

Trimming any untidy hairs on the body of your Pomeranian, Retain the required outline foremost in your thoughts. Use the tips of the ears as your guide to the height of the ruff. Trim the top of the ruff level with the ear tips with thinning shears.

Pomeranian Hair Trim
Pomeranian Hair Trim

Brush hair downwards and raise a layer at a time with your pin brush, then trim any straggly hairs in a semi-circle with your thinning shears—repeat layer by layer. Brush the hair outwards and into ridges on the sides of his body.

Trim any excess along each side of the body using thinning or straight shears. Laying your Pomeranian on his back, the underneath can also be trimmed in a similar manner.

Always be working towards your goal of a circle effect. During trimming, take a short break and have someone move the Pomeranian so you can evaluate what’s required to keep the desired shape. 

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Complete show Pomeranian grooming information is the subject of a book dedicated to the subject. Please refer to the Pomeranian grooming eBook.

Pomeranian Trimming Guide Conclusion

I hope this article has given you enough information on how to cut a Pomeranian’s hair, show Pomeranian haircut styles, Pom puppy cuts, and the best Pomeranian hair trim for your Pom.

If in doubt, contact a professional groomer in your area for advice on Pomeranian haircuts and before a puppy cut.

For full Pomeranian haircuts and Pomeranian grooming advice and tips, obtain a copy of my Pomeranian grooming book. Good luck to all Pomeranian owners.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo “ Pomeranian Grooming Guide.”

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About

Denise Leo

Pomeranians are my passion, and I have shared my life with these darling little dogs for many decades. The creator and face behind this website is published author and Pomeranian breed authority Denise Leo of Dochlaggie Pomeranians.

Denise Leo
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