As descendants of larger cold-weather dogs, Pomeranians have special two-layer coats that are designed to keep them warm and cozy. With a short, dense first layer, and a long outer layer, the coat is fluffy—and super fun to style.
There are a variety of things you can do with your Pomeranian’s coat, but remember the purpose of the coat is to protect their skin—so make sure you’re gentle with it. You also need to prepare yourself for a lot of grooming. This breed’s coat can get easily matted, so it’s recommended that you brush them out at least once a week.
To help you decide what hairstyle your pom should sport this season, we’ve gathered up a bevy of adorable options for you—pick the one that you think complements your unique, wonderful dog.
Top Pomeranian Hairstyles
1. Traditional Cut
This is the simplest cut you can give your Pomeranian, considering you’re basically just giving the occasional quick trim to keep the proper shape of the coat. Couldn’t be easier—but also couldn’t be cuter!
Aside from trimming with shears, the only other advice for this cut is…don’t forget to brush. Otherwise, you (and your pup) will be in a world of pain with so many tangles. Try brushing once a day to keep mats and tangly fur at bay.
2. Teddy Bear Cut
We all know how cute the Teddy Bear Cut is on a Pomeranian (Boo, anyone?), so why not give your pup this adorable style? For this cut, the body hair is trimmed to two to three inches, while the face and ear hair are left longer and cut in a circular design.
The Teddy Bear clip is also versatile because the coat can be as long or short as you want, so long as the rounded head stands out. Take your dog to a trusted groomer to ensure you truly get the right look! For this cut, you’ll also want to brush your dog’s coat on a regular basis to keep it looking fresh.
3. The Lion Cut
As its name suggests, this cut is a little more adventurous. For this style, the fur is shaved close to the skin on the body, belly, back, tail, and hind legs. In contrast, the fur on the head, chest, front legs and neck are left long to give that unmistakable lion look. You can even leave a tuft of fur on the tail!
This is a super fun cut, but it’s high maintenance and it’s one of the styles where skin sensitivity is a consideration. You need to ensure that the hair isn’t so short that their skin will burn in the sun, or get too cold in the winter. If you live in an extremely cold or hot environment, this may not be the best cut for your pup.
If you do go for the lion cut, don’t forget to give the mane some regular love (brushing), so it doesn’t get tangled up and slow your King of the Jungle down.
4. The Show Cut
This is an extremely high-maintenance cut that’s generally reserved for show dogs. You also want to do your research when finding a groomer for this style—it’s expensive to keep up, so you’ll want someone who does an excellent job every time.
Involving a ton of little trims all over their body, this cut requires a super-patient pooch. But the end result is gorgeous—a ball of lovely, fluffy fur with a delicate face, ears and little feet poking out. Doesn’t get much more elegant than that.
5. Puppy Cut
This cut is similar to the Teddy Bear Cut from up above, but for this style, the hair is left the same all over (so the head isn’t made into a round shape). Still adorable, this style is perfect for playful, active dogs—and is ideal for warm weather.
Easy to maintain, this may be one style that you can stay on top of on your own. Just make sure to invest in a solid pair of puppy clippers that’ll give your dog a reliable, even cut.
Regardless of the cut you choose for your Pomeranian, we know that their incredible coif is part of what makes this breed so much fun. It’s up to you to decide what style best suits their personality, and what’s the best match for your lifestyle, family, and wallet.
Does your dog dislike being brushed?
Many dogs love to be brushed, but not all do. And unless they got a lot of practice with it as puppies, they may be suspicious when you first introduce them to the brush. Approaching brushing slowly, with positive, non-threatening interactions, is more likely to result in a smoother grooming routine. Here’s how to get your dog to accept—and perhaps even enjoy—brushing:
- Before you even set brush to fur, let your pup make friends with the tool. Start by placing the brush on the ground and throwing high-value treats around and on top of it, encouraging your dog to investigate the funny new object at their speed.
- The simple act of reaching for your dog with the brush can be scary for some dogs. Next, work on reaching out with the brush to very lightly touch your dog’s body with the edge of the bristles. Each time you reach out with the brush, immediately follow it with a high-value treat. Be sure to take extra care (and time, if needed) when brushing around the ears, legs, and genitals.
- When your dog is comfortable with step 2, move on to brushing the fur. Start lightly, alternating each stroke with a reward. Over time, work your way up to pressing more firmly and brushing for several strokes in a row.
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