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If you are fortunate enough to share your world with a Pomeranian, you already know how spectacularly beautiful these creatures can be! You might, however, not be so familiar with the different Pomeranian haircut styles that have become so popular. And this is probably invaluable knowledge for you if you have decided to do your own Pomeranian grooming at home.
The natural beauty of the Pomeranian made the breed a favorite in Queen Victoria’s court and this is due in no small part to their lustrous signature, two-layered coat:
There is the undercoat, a dense thicket of softest fur. And then this undercoat is protected by an outer layer of long, straight coarse hair. It’s that combo platter that creates their trademark puffiness and dimension. That puffy foundation gives owners and groomers a number of styling options to work with.
Keep it Real: Basic Pomeranian Haircut Styles
Two popular Pomeranian grooming styles, that you are possibly already familiar with, are the traditional Pomeranian hair styles and the Pomeranian show cuts.
Both styles stick with the designs of the original ‘factory-installed equipment’, keeping the coat long and fluffy.
The Traditional Pomeranian Hair Styles
With the traditional style, all that’s needed is just the occasional trim to keep the shape. The secret to managing the au naturale style is daily maintenance.
There’s no magic when it comes to how to groom a Pomeranian dog: brush, comb, brush, brush, brush.
Once a day, brushing with a slicker brush should be enough to keep the mats away, and tidy the snarls and tangles.
The Pomeranian Show Cut
A variation of the au naturale style is the Show Cut.
Here the groomer focuses on creating as much roundness and fluff as possible.
A groomer can work magic, directing and magnifying volume, while creating definition at the ears, face and feet.
Go Wild with the Teddy Bear Cut or the Lion Cut
Other fun and popular Pomeranian grooming styles include the Pomeranian teddy bear cut and the Pomeranian lion cut.
Pomeranian Lion Cut Grooming
There are actually 2 variations of the lion cut; one leaves more hair down the back than the other.
The original Lion Cut creates the ‘mane’ and then extends about two inches past the shoulders and hangs down from the body like a lion’s mane. From 2 inches past the shoulder, the coat is clipped closer to the body.
A sleeker, more defined mountain lion or tiger look is created by clipping the coat all the way up to the shoulders, leaving just the pronounced mane area.
Both haircuts begin the same way, by defining that mane and chest area. Picture an imaginary V across the dog’s chest. The point of the bottom part of the ‘V’ should land right at the breast bone and extend and widen up. The hair below the designated V is clipped short.
This youtube video does a nice job of demonstrating one version of the lion cut:
See how the mane is defined? Note how nicely the “cat feet” are created using thinning shears.
The video generally shows a good range of Pomeranian grooming tools. You’ll see a good demonstration of clipping around the toes with thinning shears, as already mentioned, and the groomer explains why these are so much better than straight scissors.
Both groomers use a good quality grooming clippers brand:
You will also have noticed, in the video, that this particular Pomeranian may be suffering from some type of food allergy. This is not uncommon, especially for long-haired breeds. If you are battling with such dog allergies, then this article on dog nutrition and dog food allergies might be of some interest to you.
But back to the Pomeranian Lion Cut. With some artful scissoring and clipping it’s relatively easy to transform your tame little pom into a seemingly ferocious king of the jungle.
The Pomeranian Teddy Bear Cut
The Teddy Bear cut is often referred to as being more practical because the hair is kept quite short, often as short as about 1/2 an inch. This is a cut you can consider if you don’t have a lot of time up your sleeve for styling. However, it is not a cut that you should entertain if you want to show your Pomeranian.
Before starting this clip, it is best to wash your little Pom and then dry him thoroughly.
You can use a no. 10 blade with your clippers. Clip to the preferred length but leave the tail with its usual length. You can trim the nail for neatness using some grooming shears and blunt-end scissors to clip around the feet and face.
The cut around the head resembles that of a teddy bear.
This is not the usual Pomeranian haircut. And because of the Pom’s double coat, it is often debated as to whether you should shave down to the undercoat. If you are happy to continue with this type of cut, then it would probably not be such an issue but if you once want to try one of the other cuts, it could be very difficult to achieve. So you need to think hard about this choice of Pomeranian hairstyle before commencing.
Exploring other Pomeranian Grooming Styles
Your groomer may have other fun, inventive styles to try.
Whether you decide to opt for a less-is-more approach and just take your pet in for regular trims and maintenance or go all-out on a transformational cut, remember to invest the time and energy to brush and comb every day. The only good mats and tangles are the ones that never develop.
Other Dog Breed Hairstyles
If you have other dog breeds at home, or are working with different length dog coats, you might find the following useful as well:
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