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Do Pomeranians Shed? – 4 Reasons For Heavy Shedding & Owner Tips

Written by Tiffany Jeng

Pomeranians are famously known for their radiant fluffy coats and having equally bright personalities. Though they’re some of the best lap dogs, they may not be ideal for allergy sufferers. So, do Pomeranians shed? How much?

Pomeranians are moderate to heavy-shedding dogs. Because of their double coats, Poms typically experience excessive shedding twice a year. Otherwise, expect plenty of consistent year-round shedding.

Let’s further explore why Pomeranians shed so much more than other dog breeds. Also, well discuss effective ways to deal with Pomeranian shedding.

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Why Pomeranians Shed

Unless you own a rare hairless dog breed, chances are your dog will shed to a certain degree no matter what breed. But why do Pomeranians shed so much more than say a Poodle?

Pomeranians have a unique coat that less than 80 recognized dog breeds have – a double coat. In addition, there are other external factors that may influence shedding, such as malnutrition.

Let’s examine what makes these dogs such prolific shedding machines.

Pomeranian Origins

Nearly all dog breeds that sport a big fluffy coat originate from a cold region, and the Pomeranian is no exception.

Pomeranians are German dog breeds (and Polish), developed for the harsh winter climates of northeastern Germany. In this region of Central Europe, temperatures can reach as low as negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

In order to combat the brutal winters, Pomeranians needed to have a coat that could keep them warm while outdoors. And sure enough, Pom breeders did just that.

But unlike the Siberian Husky, the Pomeranian was bred for companionship. They didn’t need to partake in outdoor work, such as sled-pulling.

So, it makes sense that their coat isn’t as thick as breeds meant to work in the snow. Still, Pomeranians have a thick coat necessary to protect them from the winter cold streaks and snowing.

But with more hair, there’s usually more shedding that follows.

Pom’s Double Coat

The double coat is a type of coat the Pomeranian has. As mentioned, double-coated dogs are definitely the minority, but the coats help protect the dog from cold temperatures and environmental elements.

The Pom’s coat is made up of two layers: the topcoat and undercoat. Both of which, serves a purpose in protection of the dog’s skin.

A Pomeranian’s undercoat has a wool-like feel that’s short and dense. It’s primary purpose is to keep your Pom warm. As a matter of fact, it acts as an excellent insulator and is quite effective.

On the other hand, the topcoat is made up of longer hairs, also known as “guard hairs.” As given by the name, these hairs guard the Pomeranian’s skin from potential hazards in the environment.

And according to Pet 4 Homes, there are just 78 recognized dog breeds with double coats. Even so, some of the most popular dog breeds sport this coat.

With two layers of fur, you can expect double the opportunities to shed their coats. However, what truly make double-coated dogs excessive shedders is when there’s a change in season.

Pom’s Seasonal Shedding

Most dog breeds will shed more during a change in season. However, seasonal shedding is especially bad for Pomeranians and other double-coated dogs.

Twice a year, around spring and fall, Poms may experience heavy to excessive shedding. These smart dogs are highly adaptable, but so are their coats.

When winter is around the corner, Pomeranians will start to shed their lighter summer coats to make room for their thicker, winter coats.

Similarly, Poms will shed their warm winter coats during spring time in preparation for their lighter summer coats. It all depends on the season.

While a double-coated dog is shedding its coats, you can expect plenty of fur around the house. And given that Poms are indoor dogs, you’ll need to be prepared.

If you’re allergic to dogs, then this time will be especially bad for you. Humans are allergic to dog dander (dandruff), which is released into the air as a dog shed its fur.

Malnutrition & Shedding

Believe it or not, poor nutrition can cause excessive shedding in your Pomeranian. Just like with humans, a poor diet can potentially lead to health problems in dog.

According to Dr. Roy Cruzen (DVM), “the number one reason for excessive shedding is a poor diet.” He adds that many owners buy cheap dog food that barely meet the nutritional quality requirements.

An imbalanced diet will almost always lead to excessive shedding. But Dr. Pete Lands (DVM) says that gluten-free diets can cause the same health issue in your dog.

When picking out dog food for your dog, it’s always best to look into the highest quality products. Though it may cost a bit more, your Pomeranian (and their fluffy coats) will thank you for it.

How Much do Pomeranians Shed?

We asked real owners if they thought their Pomeranians were smart and why?

According to Chewy, Pomeranians are one of the 31 heaviest shedding dog breeds. In fact, they’re in the same category as notorious shedders, such as Huskies, Corgis, Chow Chows, Aussies and Golden Retrievers.

But to really understand just how much these dogs shed, the owners know best. And sure enough, we surveyed the Pomeranian Subreddit to ask real owners this question.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. Shinadoll says: “Our all-white Pomeranian boy is made up of 65% floof. The solution – we just stopped wearing black and learned to love his fur tumbleweeds.”

2. Dooter says: “To be honest, I don’t really think that my Pom sheds that much. They do shed but it seems like the fur gets trapped in the undercoat. Just make sure you brush or matting will be a problem.”

3. Richpom76 says: “Oh yeah, they shed and there’s really not much you can do about it but clean up after them.”

4. Cutername says: “Our pomeranian will be one year at the end of December. This fall, he started shedding like crazy and it is getting worse as the weather gets colder.”

5. Lilianbeebee says: “My pom doesn’t really shed that much, but I’ve heard that others do quite a lot. Regular grooming is a must when it comes to maintaining a healthy coat.”

6. Rcjeng says: “Our Pomeranian mostly lived on our patio and depending on the month, we would see large tumbleweeds of fur. Brushing is the best way to avoid this!”

7. Annasutra says: “I’m a little worried my pom isn’t shedding as much as a lot of other poms. Melo is just experiencing a little messy fur, slight shedding, but a huge change in coat color.”

8. Brilliantg710 says: “If you’re not willing to do the grooming, don’t get a pom! My dog is a little shedding machine and there’s no stopping it.”

Dealing With Pom Shedding

Many dog owners make the mistake of thinking they have no control over the shedding of their dog. However, this is simply not true.

There are plenty of ways you can help your Pomeranian minimize shedding, all while helping them maintain a healthy coat.

Here are our favorite tips to dealing with Pomeranian shedding.

Brushing

One of the best ways to minimize Pom shedding is to brush their coats. Not all owners enjoy this tedious task, but it helps a lot – especially for these dogs.

Dummies recommends that you brush your Pomeranian at least every day. Three times a week seems reasonable, but consider doing it every day during shedding season.

For double-coated dogs, such as the Pomeranian, I highly recommend the Furminator De-shedding Tool. It’s not just me – there’s a huge community of Pom owners that absolutely love this brush.

This amazing brush was pretty much made for double coated dogs. We don’t recommend this for single-coated dogs because it’s a tough and strong brush.

If you plan to try out the Furminator, make sure you’re very gentle, especially if you plan to brush them every day. As long as you’re careful, it’s unlikely they’ll get cut.

Also, you’ll want to get a small size and long hair model for a Pomeranian. I highly recommend checking it out here.

Bathing a Pom

Giving Pomeranians baths is something that’s necessarily, as you don’t want the dirt build-up to cause matted fur. It can potentially be painful for them.

Still, you don’t want to give them baths too often either. The coat of your Pomeranian contains essential oils that help protect their skin. Frequent baths will wash these oils away before allowing time to recover.

With that said, Pomeranians should be bathed once every 2 to 3 months. Because they’re mostly indoor dogs, they’ll probably stay relatively clean.

Shampoo Recommendations

The best and most popular options are oatmeal-based dog shampoos. Here are just a few of my favorite ones:

  1. Pro Pet Works All Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo – Made from all natural oatmeal, this shampoo is also made in the USA too! I use this, my dog loves it and so will your Pomeranian!
  2. Earthbath All Natural Dog Shampoo – The Earthbath is truly a time-tested shampoo. It’s been on the market for a long time and people in the dog community love it.
  3. Paws and Pals Dog Shampoo – Used with my sister’s corgi, Paws and Pals Shampoo comes from a very reputable brand. They aren’t the most popular, but it works great! Her corgi is always soft and fluffy.

As for dog shampoo, you’ll want to go as natural as possible, which make these shampoos perfect for all dogs.

Never use human shampoo with your Pomeranian, as their skin is sensitive.

So Is a Pomeranian For Me?

Pomeranians are the perfect lap dogs. And if you’re okay with having some fur on your lap, then they’re a fantastic dog breed to bring home.

They have cheerful and bright personalities, making them suitable playmates for older children. However, they’re also great dogs for the elderly because they’re easy to deal with.

On the other hand, they do bark quite a lot. They may not make the best apartment dogs (sorry neighbors), but they’re highly adaptable and can make it work if needed.

If this sounds like the companion dog for you, then I urge you to consider the Pomeranian. Dealing with their shedding can be a bit difficult, but with consistency, you’ll get used to it quickly.

But if the shedding is too much for you (or your sinuses), I would consider looking into one of the many fantastic hypoallergenic dogs on the market. There’s plenty to choose from!

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About the author

Tiffany Jeng

Tiffany is a product of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine (class of 2022). Combined with over 5 years of veterinary technician experience, she's dedicated her life and career to dogs. When she's not studying or working, she's taking care of her Mini Australian Shepherd - Olympus!

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