Do you have a new Pomeranian puppy and want to know how much they shed? Maybe you have allergies to dog fur and need a breed that doesn’t shed so much. Here’s everything you need to know about Pomeranians and shedding.
Do Pomeranians Shed? Yes, Pomeranians are classed as ‘moderate shedders’ meaning they lose a fair amount of hair all year round, but not as much as some other breeds. They shed most of all when transitioning from their puppy to adult coat, and then seasonally in spring and autumn when they’re adults.
Read on to find out how much Pomeranians shed, how to minimise all the dog the hair around your home, and what you can do to stop your Pomeranian shedding so much.
Never use the advice in this article as a substitute for professional veterinary advice or treatment. I am NOT a Vet, qualified dog trainer or dog behaviourist. This article is based on research, personal opinion and experience of owning dogs over the last 12+ years.
Why Do Pomeranians Shed?
Pomeranians are a double-coated breed, meaning they have a short, soft, fluffy under coat with a courser layer of longer guard hairs over the top. They’re well known for their fluffy, thick, long-haired coats which makes them look like little teddy bears!
All dogs shed to remove any loose, damaged or dead hair from their coat, helping to keep their skin and fur healthy. This can then make way for their new coats to come through.
Adult Pomeranians are also seasonal shedders, so they tend to lose more of their coat twice a year, to prepare them for the changing seasons.
Female Pomeranians also tend to lose more hair after they’ve been in season, or if they’ve recently had a litter of puppies. This is caused by the sudden changes to their hormone levels and should improve once their hormones settle down.
How Much Do Pomeranians Shed?
Pomeranians are classed as ‘moderate shedders’ meaning they lose quite a lot of hair all year round, but not as much as some other dog breeds. They shed most when they’re puppies and in Spring and Autumn when they’re adults.
They’ve got a short, soft layer of hair known as the undercoat, and this makes up the majority of dog hair they lose.
Some of this will fall out by itself, but most will be trapped underneath their top coat, so needs to be brushed regularly to help remove it.
Pomeranians also lose their longer haired top coat gradually throughout the year. This is a natural cycle of hair loss and regrowth, just like our own human hair sheds.
Do Pomeranian Puppies Shed?
Yes, all Pomeranian puppies shed their soft single layer of puppy coat to make way for their double adult coat. During this shedding stage, their coats can be patchy, thin and uneven, which is why it’s given the nickname of the ‘Puppy Uglies.’
The ‘Puppy Uglies’ can be a shock to some owners who might get concerned their Pomeranian puppy has some sort of skin condition.
However, this stage is completely normal for Pomeranians, although some puppies do seem to be more affected than others.
This shedding process starts at around 4-6 months old and can continue for several months. It should be completed by the time your Pomeranian is around 10 months old.
After this, their adult coat will continue to grow until it’s fully developed when they’re around 12-18 months of age.
Do Pomeranians Shed All The Time?
Yes, Pomeranians shed hair all year round, but it’s usually worse during the spring and autumn months. In spring, Pomeranians tend to lose more hair, which is known as blowing their coats. This is to thin their coats down to help keep them cooler during the warmer months.
Equally, in autumn, they blow their coats again so they can grow a thicker coat ready for winter.
Pomeranians were originally bred in Germany and they’re the smallest of the 16 Spitz breeds recognised by the American Kennel Club. Because of this, they’re designed to be ready for the harsh winters they can experience there.
Although many Pomeranians don’t need to be ready for living in extremely cold weather now, thanks to them living in our homes, their coats will still adapt to the weather and season they’re in.
Why Is My Pomeranian Shedding Excessively?
If your Pomeranian seems to be shedding excessively, then it could be caused by a medical condition, food or environmental allergies, medications, stress or dietary changes.
Even though adult Pomeranians may shed more than usual in spring and autumn, they don’t shed their hair excessively. In fact, it’s unusual for them to shed large clumps of fur all at once or to the point that you can see their skin.
If this is happening, then you should take some advice from your vet.
Medical conditions that could cause severe hair loss for Pomeranians could include mange, allergies, malnutrition, skin conditions, fleas or thyroid problems.
All of these should be diagnosed and treated by your vet as soon as you notice them.
How To Manage Your Pomeranian’s Shedding
This is how to help keep on top of your Pomeranian’s shedding:
Brush Your Pomeranian Regularly
All Pomeranians need regular brushing, at least 2-3 times per week. Their long hair can quickly become tangled and matted if you don’t keep on top of their grooming schedule.
The brush you use should only be removing any dead or loose undercoat from your Pomeranian and shouldn’t be damaging their top coat.
A good quality slicker brush is usually the best option. By brushing them regularly, it can help to reduce the amount of hair they shed around your home.
Making yourself a schedule for grooming your Pomeranian at home can help to give you more control of their shedding. Decide on the days and times that you’ll brush your Pomeranian each week and stick to them.
Many owners choose to do their grooming sessions in an evening, once their Pomeranian is calm and settled.
Feed Your Pomeranian A High Quality Diet
Feeding your Pomeranian the best food that your budget allows for, can help to keep their shedding under control.
Dogs that are fed low quality food tend to lose even more hair than they usually would because their skin and coat isn’t as healthy.
Ideally, their food and treats should be made with high quality, fresh ingredients, to provide your Pomeranian with all the nutrients they need to keep their skin and coat in the best condition.
Try to avoid any foods that contain artificial colours, flavours or preservatives – and any other fillers or nasties!
Don’t Shave Your Pomeranian’s Coat
It may be tempting to shave your Pomeranians coat to try and reduce their shedding. However, this can actually be detrimental to their skin and coat health.
Because Pomeranians are double coated, they rely on the combination of their longer outer layer of guard hairs and their soft undercoat. This helps to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer.
If their long coat is shaved, it can make it more difficult for them to regulate their body temperature effectively.
Double coated dog breeds, like Pomeranians, should never have their coats shaved.
Get Your Pomeranian Professionally Groomed
Getting your Pomeranian professionally groomed is usually the most effective way to keep on top of shedding. Groomers are experienced and have all the right tools for the job.
However, it’s important that you don’t solely rely on professional grooming appointments alone, you need to play your part in-between too!
So speak to your dog groomer to find out how often your Pomeranian needs to visit them, and what you can do to help between visits.
Bath Your Pomeranian Regularly
Bathing your Pomeranian every 6-8 weeks, using high quality shampoos and conditioners, can help to remove any build-up of loose hair.
This can be reduced to monthly during winter months if they’re getting muddy or dirty.
Bathing them too often can potentially cause skin conditions, so it’s important not to wash them too frequently.
Use A Blaster Dryer To Dry Your Pomeranian
Blaster dryers are high-powered hair dryers that professional dog groomers often use to dry Pomeranians after they’ve been bathed and groomed.
They help to blow out any extra dead coat that’s left, after being brushed.
Blaster dryers are available to buy from Amazon for you to use at home too.
Provided your Pomeranian is comfortable with being blow dried, they can be a helpful way to keep on top of shedding.
So there you have it! Pomeranians do shed moderately all year round, but not as much as some other dog breeds do. They shed most of all when they lose their puppy coat and start getting their adult coat come through. Most shedding can be managed with regular brushing, grooming and bathing to keep it under control!
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