Pomeranians are famously known for their beautiful fluffy coats with vibrant personalities. They are intelligent, lively, curious, and small, making them one of the most popular tamed dogs. These dogs also make an ideal companion for many families.
But before adopting a Pomeranian or any other canine, you first have to learn about their shedding habits. This article has everything you need to know about Pomeranian shedding. So, without any further ado, let us dive right in!
Do Pomeranians Shed? Yes, they do. Pomeranians are generally moderate shedders. There are three types of Pomeranian shedding: puppy uglies, seasonal shedding, and female hormonal Pomeranian shedding. You can expect a lot of hairs in your house during these three periods of Pomeranian shedding. However, you can manage and reduce their shedding through a proper diet and grooming routine.
We all enjoy the joy and love dogs bring in our lives, from exercising and cuddling with you to loving and protecting you unconditionally. Pomeranians are known to be the best lap canines in the dog kingdom even though they are not suitable for allergy sufferers. They love to be the center of attention and will thrive in an energetic family that obliges.
Imagine having this bundle of fluff running around your home. But today, I’m here to talk about their shedding so you determine whether or not it’s the right breed for you and your family. This is especially important for allergy sufferers as a lot of shedding can cause a life-threatening situation.
How Much Do Pomeranians Shed
Pomeranians are considered moderate shedders despite their long, thick coats. They shed more twice a year, and you can expect to find a lot of fur in your home during these times. How much your Pomeranian sheds also depends on factors like:
- Time of the year: they will shed more during spring and fall
- Their age as puppies tend to shed more when they are developing their permanent adult fur
- The gender because females who just gave birth will also shed more
You can always manage and reduce your pup’s shedding by feeding them a proper diet and maintaining a proper grooming routine. I will discuss this more later in the article. So, stay with me so you don’t miss out on any vital information regarding Pomeranian shedding.
Why Do Pomeranians Shed
All dogs shed, and your Pomeranian is not exceptional. He will shed to remove dead, loose hair that no longer serves him and replace them with new ones. These dogs undergo a hair growth process that is continuous and leads to shedding.
The hair growth cycle involves three stages: the anagen (an active growth period where fur grows to its full length), catagen (the transitional stage), and lastly, telogen (the last stage of the hair growth cycle where hair falls out automatically and is replaced by a new one). Pomeranians are double-coated canines and, therefore, will shed to maintain an optimal body temperature during cold and hot weather conditions.
Shedding Seasons and Frequency
When do Pomeranians shed? Pomeranians will shed more in spring and fall to adjust to the weather changes. During summer, they will shed their thick winter coat and develop a light one to keep them cooler. Whereas come winter, they will shed their light summer coat and develop a thick one to keep them warm.
This is called the blowing of coat season. Another shedding season for Pomeranians is when they are shedding off their puppy coat (puppy uglies). This usually happens at about 4-6 months when they grow their permanent adult fur. This process takes about five months before all the baby fur is shed. You will also notice some patches during this season, not to worry, because it is normal and won’t last long.
The last season of Pomeranian shedding is when Pomeranian females have whelped babies. This is usually when their babies are about 6-8 weeks of age. And it will last for about six months before the Pomeranian mother goes back to the normal shedding.
Needless to say, during these three seasons of shedding, you can expect an increase in the amount of fur that falls in your house. Be sure to up your game to manage their shedding and not have a house full of dog fur. And proper grooming during these three Pomeranian shedding seasons is vital.
Due to the Pomeranian shedding, it will be pretty hard to notice if the shedding is unhealthy. You will have to be very keen and master your pup’s shedding tendencies to differentiate between unhealthy and normal shedding. You can look out for other signs and symptoms of unhealthy shedding, such as:
- Skin irritation (rashes, bumps, redness, and scrabs)
- Dry and dull fur
- Open sores
- Excessive scratching
- Constant face scrubbing and foot licking
If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your vet immediately to help you identify what could be causing your Pomeranian to shed unhealthily. The vet should also recommend possible remedies to solve the issue. Some of the common causes of excessive shedding include a poor diet, stress, allergies, infections, and other underlying health issues.
What Type of Coat Does Pomeranians Have?
Pomeranians have a thick, fluffy, double coat that sheds seasonally. They are possibly one of the hairiest of the small breeds. We have the outercoat, which is long and acts typically as guarding hairs, and an undercoat that is dense and thick to keep them warm and snuggly.
Their fur is prone to matting and tangles and should, therefore, be brushed daily to remove the debris and dirt it collects. If you don’t remove the dead fur quickly, it will lead to skin irritation and other fur ailments, thus leading to excessive shedding. Later, we will discuss how to maintain your pup’s fur and reduce their shedding.
How to manage and reduce Pomeranians’ shedding
We all know shedding can be annoying when you find your dog’s hair everywhere. But no matter how hard you try, you can never stop your Pomeranian from shedding completely. It would be best to accept that shedding is natural for every canine unless you go for a hairless one.
That being said, there are ways to manage and reduce your pup’s shedding so you don’t end up with a house full of fur. Enjoying a fur-free home involves a proper grooming routine and an optimal diet.
Grooming your Pomeranian is an area you can never neglect if you want to minimize their shedding. It is part of caring for your pet. Their dense undercoat and long outercoat need regular brushing, especially during the seasonal shedding, to prevent matting and reduce shedding.
Brushing helps to remove all the dead loose fur from their coats before they fall inside your house. It also helps to re-distribute the natural oils found on the skin evenly, thus promoting healthy fur that sheds when necessary. Other Pomeranian owners recommend a de-shedding tool, such as the FURminator, to help you during seasonal shedding. You can also take your Pomeranian to a professional groomer once in a while so they trim their hair and minimize shedding.
Your pup’s diet is essential when you want to minimize their shedding. Like human beings, a poor diet can cause many health problems to your fluffy friend, including causing them to shed excessively. Do not buy cheap canine food for your Pomeranian that will barely meet his nutritional requirements. Ensure you feed your dog high-quality canine food rich in Omega fatty acids to help maintain their coat’s health. Remember, healthy fur will only shed when necessary.
Bathing your Pomeranian can also help to reduce and manage their shedding. This beautiful canine breed requires regular baths to help detangle any mats and prevent their skin from becoming sore. As I mentioned earlier, open sores signify excessive shedding, so you should prevent that from happening.
Like brushing, bathing also helps to remove the dead loose hair from their coat, thus minimizing shedding. Still, you don’t want to give them baths more often, lest you wash away all the natural oils found in their coat and leave their skin dry and irritated. Remember, irritated skin can lead to excessive shedding.
Maybe your Pomeranian isn’t getting all the necessary nutrients from their diet and, as such, they need some dietary supplements. You can consult your vet to recommend the best dietary supplement to help maintain healthy fur for your Pomeranian.
Are Pomeranians Hypoallergenic
Before I answer this question, let’s first start by understanding the term hypoallergenic. Many people assume that hypoallergenic dogs do not cause any allergies, which isn’t the case. The true definition of a hypoallergenic dog is that which is less likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
Many people are probably wondering, so what triggers dog allergies? Dogs have a certain protein they secrete in their saliva, urine, and dander that allergy sufferers react to. Therefore, hypoallergenic dogs are characterized by their ability to shed less, drool less, and produce less dander. Keep in mind that no dog can be 100% hypoallergenic because they all produce the protein that triggers an allergic reaction.
So, do Pomeranians shed enough to cause allergies? Unfortunately, these dogs are not considered hypoallergenic. Due to their thick fluffy fur, they shed and produce a lot of dander that can cause an allergic reaction. But if you already have a Pomeranian and want some tips on minimizing the chances of your allergies flaring up, worry less because I got you. Here are a few measures you can take to reduce the amount of dander:
- Get a HEPA air filter to help catch all the airborne allergens
- Vacuum your house daily to reduce the number of allergens present
- Avoid touching your eyes and mouth after petting your dog, better yet, wash them thoroughly
- Regularly brush your Pomeranian to minimize shedding and do it outside to keep fur from spreading all over your house
- Train your Pomeranian to pee in a designated area
- Keep your dog off your bed and couch
- Do not allow your Pomeranian to lick you
For those with severe allergies, I wouldn’t recommend this breed. No matter how cute they are or even their great personality, it’s not worth risking your life. There are so many breeds out there that are classified as allergy-friendly, including the Poodle, Maltese, Basenji, Bichon Frise, and Irish Water Spaniel, to name a few.