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When playing or petting your Pomeranian puppy, do you sometimes notice a rather unpleasant odor? If so, then it’s time to give him a Pomeranian bath. However, you might have overlooked the question of whether he’s old enough to be bathed.

How Often to Bathe a Pomeranian Puppy?

The general rule is that a puppy shouldn’t be bathed if he’s under eight weeks old. The reason is that he’s unable to properly regulate his temperature and could catch a cold. After he hits the eight-week mark, Pomeranian bath frequency is once every month on average.

If you want to know how to bathe a Pomeranian puppy at home, and how often it’s recommended, keep reading and all your puppy bathing questions will be answered.

How To Bathe a Pomeranian Puppy

The positive fact is that bathing a Pomeranian puppy is much easier than kittens. However, once your puppy is wet, it’s only a little easier to keep him in the tub than any cat. I’ll give you the best Pomeranian bathing tips and explain the Pomeranian bathing process in detail.

Choose a Location

Before bathing a Pomeranian puppy, you need to select the best place to do it. The kitchen or bathroom sink is the most popular choice. Because a Pom is so small, filling a whole bath isn’t worthwhile. You won’t want to chase your wet pom around the bath, and bending over the bathtub can be tiring.

Get Out All Your Pomeranian Bath Supplies

Before turning on any taps, you need to get out everything needed for washing a Pomeranian puppy. You need the right Pomeranian shampoo and conditioner as some won’t do a good job and certain products could cause damage to your Pom puppy’s coat.

Pomeranians are known for their dry coats, so you need to use a shampoo that nourishes and moisturizes the skin. I recommend conditioners and shampoos that contain healthy ingredients such as aloe vera and oatmeal. If possible, never use shampoos with human or artificial ingredients.

Brushing Your Pomeranian Puppy

It’s essential to brush your Pomeranian puppy’s coat thoroughly before you put him in the water. His coat will often tangle and mat and, once his coat is saturated, it’s virtually impossible to get his hair untangled again. Brushing is also good for improving the blood flow to his hair follicles and removing dead hair.

Pomeranian Bathing Tips
Pomeranian Bathing Tips

Preparing His Bath

Before filling the sink with enough water, it’s a wise idea to put a rubber mat on the bottom of the sink. That will stop your puppy slipping. Also place a filter in the drain to prevent dog hair from clogging it.       

Fill the sink with enough water that it touches your Pomeranian puppy’s elbows. The water needs to be warm, not hot. Use your elbow to test it and adjust the warmth if needed. Put the towels, conditioner and shampoo near the sink so it’s east to grab them when needed.

Bathing a Pomeranian Puppy

Don’t call your puppy right before you want to give him a wash. Pick him up and wet his feet first. Then gently place him in the water, while talking in a soothing voice.

Lift him up and softly wet his paws. Then slowly ease him into the water.

Bathing a Pomeranian
Bathing a Pomeranian

Next is to wash his face, carefully his ears. Clean your Pomeranian puppy’s face with a sponge or wash clothe. Squeeze some of the shampoo in and rub it into your Pomeranian’s coat, beginning at his neck and slowly and thoroughly work your way down. I dilute the shampoo with warm water prior bathing a Pomeranian puppy.

Then you need to rinse the Pomeranian dog bath shampoo off him completely.

Then it’s time to put the conditioner on him and then gently wash him to get rid of it.                                                        

Lift your Pomeranian out of the water and wrap him in a soft, clean towel. He will shake all the water off, so be ready to get a little wet.

Caring for Your Puppy After Pomeranian Bath Time

After taking your Pom pup out of the sink, here are several tasks to do.

The number one task is to properly dry your puppy. If you don’t dry him sufficiently, he can catch a cold or a skin irritation may develop.

You may choose to dry your puppy with a towel, but it’s going to take a long time to ensure his coat is 100% dry. So, it’s better to pat him as dry as you can and then you can use a blow dryer for the final drying effort.

You don’t need the added expense of a dog dryer if you have a human one. However, you must be careful if you do use a human dryer and don’t turn it off from the top setting. Gradually lower the temperature and ensure you keep it as far as possible from your Pomeranian puppy so you don’t burn him accidentally.

Bathing a Pomeranian
Bathing a Pomeranian

Apart from making sure your Pom is dry, you also need to look after his ears. If any moisture is left, it can cause an infection. Inspect his ears and use a special ear cleaner to help remove all debris and dirt. Then thoroughly clean his ears with cotton wool.

Some owners of Pomeranians like putting cotton balls in the ears of their dogs prior to giving them a wash. However, it’s unnecessary if you don’t wet his ears and clean and dry them properly after you’re done.

If you observe your Pom pup shaking his head or scratching his ears a lot, it may be because you haven’t dried all the wetness from his ears. If you notice an odor or a redness, your puppy quite likely has a yeast or bacterial infection. Don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself. You would be much wiser to take him to the vet.

After a bath, a Pomeranian puppy would normally tremble and shake for a little while. The very first bath is an extremely stressful experience for nearly all puppies. If your Pomeranian won’t stop shaking, it’s essential that you speak to the vet for advice.

How Do You Wash a Very Young Pomeranian Puppy?

As I previously mentioned, the age of your puppy will govern when he should be bathed. However, even if he’s less than two months old, there might be times when he desperately needs a wash.

One example is when he’s being weaned. Pom puppies generally get food all over their coat and face. You shouldn’t leave it until it dries or it may irritate their skin.

There might be times when your Pom puppy gets something hazardous on his coat. Puppies have an innate curiosity and get into all sorts of mischief. In such scenarios, you must give your Pomeranian puppy a good wash as a matter of urgency, ensuring you’re extra gentle if it’s only his first wash.

A full bath is too big for one small puppy because they don’t yet have the ability to properly control regulate their body temperature. That’s why all the puppies snuggle up with their mother and each other as much as possible.

The best alternative is to wipe your Pom puppy with a wet wash cloth until you have achieved your goal of getting his coat clean. Ensure the cloth is soaked in lukewarm water and that he is thoroughly dried at the end.

Wet wipes are also useful because they’re easy to carry when you’re not at home, and they help keep your pet Pom as clean and presentable at all times. Always choose the wipes that don’t have alcohol or fragrances and are pet-friendly.

How Many Times Per Month Can You Wash a Pomeranian Puppy?

How often you need to wash your dog will depend largely on his type of skin. Dog breeds with coats that are oily need washes more often to control how they smell and get rid of that oily residue.

The skin of Pomeranian puppies is dry. Because of this, they don’t need to be bathed often. They do need grooming products suitable for dogs that do have skin that’s dry. If you wash your Pomeranian puppy too often, the body’s natural oils will get stripped from their coat, making it much drier and increasing the chances of it flaking.

Specialists usually suggest bathing a Pomeranian puppy at least once per month. However, if your dog isn’t dirty, you can get away with washing him 2-3 months during the winter months.

During the period of the puppy uglies (when the coats of Pomeranian puppies change), you may consider washing your puppy every to three weeks. The reason is that your puppy will be shedding his hair like crazy and when you wash him, you open his hair follicles and using a dog dryer removes dead fur.

Pomeranian Bath Closing Thoughts

Pomeranians are among a small number of breeds that are exceptionally clean, but they still need baths sometimes to keep their majestic coats in perfect condition. That’s why you must understand how to do it and how often you must ensure your Pomeranian is washed, dried and clean whenever necessary.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
[2] English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard, 2017.
[3] Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.
[4] Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
[5] Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
[6] William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
[7] E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
[8] Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.

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