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Pomeranian Haircuts and the Pomeranian Lion Cut

 Pomeranian Haircut

I strongly recommend NOT cutting or shaving a Pomeranian’s coat. There’s a major reason why the Pomeranian dog has earned the nickname, “the ball of fluff.” It’s because this adorable breed possesses an incredible double fur coat. By ensuring he’s properly groomed and never has any tangles, the Pomeranian’s unique appearance is that of a walking “ball of fluff”. A vision quickly quashed if he has a Pomeranian haircut.

Many breeds of dogs look good after they have had haircuts. For example, the poodle is an obvious breed when it comes to discussing varying styles of haircut. However, the Pomeranian isn’t on this list. He’s an arctic Spitz dog breed and is well known for his dense double coat and the lengthy guard hairs.

If you give your Pom a lion cut (this is where you shave his fur as close to the skin as possible, but leave enough hair for a mane and fur on the tail) you’ll might see that his fur will still grow back but in “patches” and this could be a significant problem.

Pomeranian Trim

Because Pomeranians have a lot of fur, somebody, at some point in time, thought it would be a “brilliant idea” to give this dog a haircut. Pomeranians have always been trimmed for the show ring. The tips of their ears trimmed to show the Judges to size of the ear. Feet have been trimmed and the anus has always had excess fur trimmed for cleanliness. Trimming for neatness in the show ring became the norm. What started as just taking off any scraggly hairs has now evolved in some cases to actually trimming the Pom’s coat extremely short. 

Shocked Pet Pomeranian owners taking their Pomeranians to a groomer are often presented with a completely shaved Pomeranian on collection.

The reason for Groomers shaving Pomeranians are varied:  
  • Pom coat mats and even felting of the Pomeranian’s fur.
  • Communication issues between the owner and groomer.
  • Lack of Pomeranian grooming skills.
  • Time constraints. 

Always ask important questions: If you do not want to collect a Shaved Pomeranian, ALWAYS ask does your Pomeranian groomer scissor trim?

Unofficial Pomeranian haircut styles have been given their own names. A very popular one is the Pomeranian Lion Cut. Another is the Pomeranian teddy bear cut and also the Boo Pomeranian haircut.

A Pomeranian Lion Cut

Pomeranian Lion Cut
Pomeranian Lion Cut

With the Pomeranian lion haircut, most of the Pom’s fur is shaved until it’s nearly at the skin. However, long fur will be left on his chest and neck, forming a “lion’s mane” and a small amount is also left on his tail.

Lots of people might believe this is an interesting look or it’s “cool” but consider the explanation about why it’s unwise. Apart from all other considerations, a Pomeranian lion cut won’t retain its shape unless further cutting and trimming happens every 2-3 weeks.

Boo Pomeranian Haircut

The Famous Pomeranian Boo has a huge following and many of his fans don’t realise that Boo’s coat is trimmed very short as he suffers from Alopecia. This is yet another hair cut some Pomeranian owners choose, despite the fact that I don’t recommend it.

Pomeranian Haircuts Teddy Bear Style

To carry out the pom teddy bear cut or pomeranian puppy cut, you shave the entire dog’s hair to a standard length of 1/2 to 1 inch.

Some breeders choose this Pomeranian teddy bear haircut for adult Pomeranians because they don’t have sufficient time to correctly groom every puppy and dog in their kennels. It does provide a cute appearance but, because the renowned “ball of fluff” no longer exists, it can be hard to recognise and correctly identify this dog as a Pomeranian because his hair is similar in length to a Labrador.

The Pomeranian Show Cut

Pomeranian Show Cut
Pomeranian Show Cut

The Pomeranian show cut is a necessity for show Pomeranians. All loose straggly hairs are trimmed to the same length, with a view to creating a visual circle shape and making the coat appear to be thicker than it is.

Often the show Pomeranian trim may be modified to enhance the dog’s assets and disguise any faults. An example of this is trimming the ruff and pants short to help make the Pomeranian look shorter than he is. The hair on the tips of the ears is trimmed to the length of the ear to show the judge how small the Pom’s ears are. This trimming habit goes back to the start of Pomeranians in the show ring.

Please refer to the Pomeranian Grooming Guide for further details on Show Pomeranian Trimming.

Shaving A Pomeranian

Shaved Pomeranian
Shaved Pomeranian

Show Pomeranian Breeder

Many breeders choose to shave the coats of their Pomeranians. It usually happens once a breeder has 10+ adult Poms in the program for breeding. Because he’ll be incredibly busy looking after all the puppies and dogs and everything they need, he’ll shave the adults to reduce the overall average grooming time on every puppy and dog in his care. Naturally, there are numerous pros and cons to doing this.

If the breeder is showing, the Pomeranians he shows will require grooming on a daily basis, so shaving the other Poms frees up his time to concentrate on the show dogs. If adult coats remain long, it’s highly likely that tangles will develop and, if they’re not eliminated quickly, they’ll keep growing and getting more tangled.

So the breeder who has adult Poms that he doesn’t show, will often shave them. Bathing and drying a shaved Pomeranian is a quick job in comparison to an adult Pomeranian dog in full coat.

Shaved Pomeranian Prior to Whelping

Pomeranian mothers that have litters generally shed their coat because of hormonal changes that happen when her litter is about 8 weeks old. Before whelping, mothers must get shaved for the safety and cleanliness of her litter. Puppies can get tangled in her long hair and choke until they die.

If potential buyers come to view puppies, they’ll naturally want to see the sire and dam. However, it’s not wise to let them see 2 shaved Pomeranians. The buyers want to view the full fluffy coats the parents have, to give them a picture of how the puppies will appear as adults. They need to understand that the pup’s mother will look a little worse for wear.

Most prospective Pomeranian parents should understand that new mothers don’t usually look like film stars, including Pom Mums who may have had a C-Section and are busy with 2 or 3 Pomeranian puppies to feed.

For more Information refer to the Pomeranian Grooming Book.

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

Pomeranian Haircuts
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