Short and sporty, thick and fluffy, and everything in between. Pom’s thick malleable coat offers us a whole world of fashionable styles.
Katlin Primrose VOA, an advanced professional groomer through IPG, walks us through the main Pomeranian hairstyles.
Standard vs Exotic Grooms
This article explains the main Pom styles that any good dog groomer will know and understand.
But the internet has a way of creating new styles and terminology that us groomers haven’t heard of. Asking your groomer for a “fox” or “lamb” style may not translate well. Some of these new terms don’t exist in our day-to-day work / training.
That doesn’t mean we can’t do it, we just need to better understand what you want. The best thing you can do is bring in a picture and ask us to replicate it.
For most groomers this actually adds a little excitement to our day. So don’t be afraid to challenge us a little.
Two Important Notes About Pom Coats:
There’s two important things to remember when grooming a Pom coat:
1. Pom’s need regular brushing
Your Pom is a double-coated breed that is prone to matting. Deep brushing will keep them from developing painful tangles, and will make grooming much easier.
2. Clipping will damage their coat over time.
Haircuts such as teddy bears, kennel cuts, or shave downs can cause permanent coat damage overtime. Usually leading to ‘clumpy’ hair texture. The only way to completely avoid this is with longer haircuts.
Yes, ‘ungroomed’ can be certainly be a style. Some owners just prefer long, thick coats. However this style requires the most amount of care and maintenance.
Pomeranian’s are prone to matting. Overtime matting will continue to pull tighter and tighter, bruising the skin and causing severe discomfort.
If you prefer a longer coat then a daily brushing routine is required. But remember, you must brush all the way down to the skin. We recommend a long pinned brush to reach deep tangles.
Note the paws, belly, ears, and bum are overgrown.
Remember: if matting becomes severe then a Vet may recommend a complete shave down. Shaving a Pom has several negative side effects. We certainly want to avoid this, and we can with proper daily maintenance.
2. Show Trim
For those who love a longer, more natural coats, but cleaned up to give a ‘polished’ finish. The show trim is the standard groom for Pom’s appearing in dog shows. Although it’s very popular among everyday Pomeranian owners.
- Show trims are achieved using scissoring techniques.
- The bum hair is thinned down and a small area is trimmed so it doesn’t collect poop.
- The tail is trimmed to look like a fan (in the show ring it’s hair-sprayed up).
- The chest is trimmed to a natural smooth bulb shape and the feet are trimmed to be cute and cat-like.
- Ears are trimmed close in the Pomeranian pattern.
3. Hand Scissor
A hand scissor (like the title describes) is a custom trim using scissoring techniques. You can achieve a much tighter and shorter trim without shaving. Shaving can leave long term damage to their coat, which is why scissoring is often favored.
- The bum and chest are trimmed up and nicely rounded.
- Paws are scissored short.
- Ears rounded.
- The belly is also trimmed a bit shorter.
- Length is left on the tail and rounded.
- Our goal is to achieve a shorter trim while keeping the Pomeranian look, and without damaging the hair.
4. Teddy Bear
The Teddy Bear (sometimes referred to as ‘Fox’) is a very popular groom among several different breeds,
It’s an excellent low maintenance trim. Some clipping is involved, however it will not cause as much damage as shorter grooms. Overtime it may still cause permanent coat damage.
The ideas is to mimic a stuffed teddy bear:
- Approx 1/2″ to 1″ long throughout the body, and shaped to look foxy and cute.
- Soft rounded ears.
- Head is spherical with shortened neckline to accentuate the head.
- Tail is trimmed to look like a brush.
- Legs are same length throughout so they have a thick ‘tube’ look.
5. Kennel Cut / Boo Cut
Next to a shave down, this is the most damaging cut you can do to Pomeranian hair. Kennel Cuts are recommended for people who are not physically able to brush their Pom, or their dog is old and needs to stay sanitary.
- Short all over with a rounded head and classic pom ears.
- A small amount of length is left on the tail, with a brush look.
This clip is very short. In fact, your groomer may ask you to sign a form understanding this cut will damage their coat.
6. Shaved / Partly Shaved / Lion Cut
Generally we don’t recommend shaving (partly or in full) your doubled-coated dog unless advised by your vet. There are a few reasons for this:
It can impact your dog's health and happiness
A dogs coat is their natural barrier against the elements. It provides UV protection, provides warmth in the winter, and insulates them from excessive heat in the summer.
Some owners mistakenly believe that shaving their shedding (double coated) dog will not only relieve their own allergies, but help their dog in hot weather. In reality this practice is a determinate to the health of your dog.
Their Coat Will never be the same
Shaving doubled-coated breeds will eventually cause permanent coat damage. Hair will grow in with an unsightly ‘clumpy’ texture. There’s no going back to their soft, fluffy coat.