Do Pomeranians Shed? In-fur-iating Facts About These Cute Canines

Nidhi Sahai
Mar 20, 2023 By Nidhi Sahai
Originally Published on Mar 20, 2023
Fact-checked by Spandana Kantam
Three cute Pomeranian dogs sitting on white fur blanket

The Pomeranian (often referred to as a Pom) is a spitz-type dog breed named after the Pomerania region in northwestern Poland and northeastern Germany of central Europe.

Due to its small size, the Pom puppy is categorized as a toy dog breed, and its ancestors were larger spitz-type dogs, notably the German spitz. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale has ruled that it belongs to the German spitz breed; in several nations, it is called the Zwergspitz ('dwarf spitz').

Since the 18th century, the breed has gained popularity thanks to several royal owners. The smaller variety of Pomeranians gained popularity because Queen Victoria had one. Only in Queen Victoria's lifetime did the breed's size drop by half. The Pomeranian is a strong, robust dog and isn't hypoallergenic.

Pomeranians are outgoing, active, and playful. To assert themselves, they may become hostile against humans and other dogs. They are perceptive and aware of their surroundings; therefore, reacting to new stimuli by barking excessively can become a habit.

They tend to defend their territory; therefore, they may bark when they hear disturbances outside. Pomeranians are incredibly intelligent, train efficiently, and have a great deal of success in achieving what they want from their owners.

They are outgoing and enjoy being the center of attention. Still, they can develop authoritarian, stubborn, and willful traits if they are not properly socialized and trained. Toys can be a helpful training aid for teaching them to be alone.

The time from when Pom puppies lose their puppy coat and when they begin to develop their adult fur is known as the puppy uglies. Adult Pomeranians shed throughout the year or shed heavily twice a year as they have a double coat.

Their shedding is called seasonal shedding. Due to hormonal changes, female dogs often go through a complete shed after weaning a litter.

During this time, your Pom's fur color may vary significantly. For instance, a baby Pomeranian with a lot of sable may develop an orange adult coat, or a white Pomeranian puppy may go through the shedding stage and become a cream-colored Pomeranian.

When the puppy starts shedding its puppy coat, your pet may appear odd. This is because there are hair patches at specific points throughout the procedure.

Poms are not particularly heavy-shedding dogs. Pomeranian hair loss can also sometimes occur due to a widespread genetic disease called Alopecia X.

Keep reading to learn more about these dogs and their shedding patterns. Also, read about the smelling patterns and the barking intensity of these dogs and what to do in case you face an issue with your Pomeranian.

Do Pomeranians smell?

Only a few people associate Pomeranians with bad smells. All dogs, including Pomeranians, smell, but it is not a hypoallergenic dog, which might smell in reaction to any allergy. The scent's intensity might vary from mild, typical canine odors to overpowering ones.

The first thing to do if you notice that your Pomeranian dog has started to smell is to determine the underlying reasons. Examine your dog carefully to see if you can identify any clear causes for the scent.

Your dog could only have a quick wash of its toys and blankets, brushing, and a bath. On the other side, you might discover a medical issue that requires veterinary attention, such as an ear or skin infection.

Do Pomeranians shed all year?

Adult Pomeranians are not heavy shedders. They shed twice a year. Despite having a thick double coat of fur, Pom's fur isn't recognized for having a lot of puppy hair.

When the seasons change, hormones alter after weaning puppies, and puppies go through the puppy uglies. This is when your dog sheds its puppy fur and grows its adult coat. You can easily anticipate some pomeranian puppy shedding with varying seasons.

Like all dogs, Pomeranians shed all year, but they mostly have seasonal sheds. The time of year will affect how much shedding takes place. A Pomeranian sheds very little throughout the year as a natural process. But if your dog is blowing the coat, it can come under the category of heavy shedder.

Pomeranians undergo seasonal shedding with gradual hair loss in the spring to get ready for summer and in the fall to get prepared for winter. But if you have a proper Pomeranian care routine, you can control the Pom's shedding. Using coconut oil for the Pomeranian's skin can do wonders for its health.

Adult Pomeranian Dog Shedding: Some Poms will go through a full shed once when they are 12-18 months old. These periods of dog shedding are typical. If your puppy turns 12 months old during the summer, there is a greater probability of this happening. Your Pomeranian could start to shed seasonally after 18 months.

Female Hormonal Pomeranian Shedding Stage: This form of shedding in Pomeranians is shedding that occurs after an adult female has given birth to a litter of pups. When the puppy is six to eight weeks old, mothers often shed their whole coat.

A mother must generally wait at least six months after giving birth to regain her former full-coated attractiveness.

Young Pomeranian dog sitting on white background

Are there different types of Pomeranian dogs?

Although there is only one recognized type of Pomeranian, teddy bear, fox-face, and baby doll Pomeranians are frequently mentioned. Pomeranians of various types include teacup varieties, throwback dogs, and blends. Let's learn about these various Pomeranian breeds and discover some fascinating facts about them.

Normal or Fox-Like Pomeranians: The American Kennel Club's breeding standards are particular about the appearance Pomeranians should have. Those who meet that requirement are fox-like or regular Pomeranians.

These dogs are expected to have a round skull, short, erect ears, deep almond-shaped eyes, and a thickly plumed tail that hangs down. A square body with an equal height-to-length ratio should be used.

The coat's two layers include a short, thick undercoat and a long, guard-haired topcoat. All Pomeranian coat colors, patterns, and variants are permissible, except in self-colored Poms, whose eyes are dark with black eye rims. These dogs have a muzzle length of one-third or two-thirds of the size of the skull, and their expression is attentive and intelligent.

Teddy Bear Pomeranians: Although breeders have long followed the Pomeranian breeder standard, teddy bear Pomeranians have become more well-known in recent years. Because of this, some breeders have concentrated on producing Poms that resemble tiny teddy bears. But what distinguishes a Pomeranian that resembles a fox from one that resembles a teddy bear is the muzzle's length.

As you may recall, according to the breeding standards, the muzzle for the fox type would be around one-third or two-thirds the length of the skull. The muzzle of a teddy bear Pomeranian is roughly one-fourth the size of its head.

Teddy bear Pomeranians, as a result, have shorter muzzles than regular ones. Additionally, their cheekbones are more prominent, their body is shorter, and their eyes are closer to the nose.

Despite how adorable these Pomeranians are, the teddy bear face has a price. The majority of these Poms will experience the same problems as brachycephalic breeds. This is because the facial structure of the Pom must fit in a smaller-than-normal space.

Due to their large palates, which block some of the tracheae, and their pinched nostrils, these Pomeranians may have respiratory issues. Because of their compact bodies, the Pom is more likely to experience joint and bone issues like patella luxation or hip dysplasia. Most little dog breeds are predisposed to these issues.

Baby Doll Pomeranians: Baby doll Pomeranians fall between fox-type and teddy bear-like breeds. In other words, they have baby-like features and a short, but not sufficiently short, muzzle.

It will help if you remain aware that these are merely informal face variations. Breeders frequently disagree about which Pomeranian is a baby doll and which is a teddy bear because of this.

The two terms are also sometimes used interchangeably. Furthermore, while Pomeranian puppies are small, it might be challenging to predict how long their muzzle would be. It is possible to order a baby doll Pomeranian and receive a teddy bear or fox-shaped pet instead.

Teacup Pomeranians: The tiny or teacup Pomeranian is another kind of breed. These Poms are smaller than usual and weigh around 3-7 lb (1.4-3.2 kg).

The appeal of canines resembling plush animals has progressively increased in recent times. However, respectable breeders disapprove of the practice of purposefully mating two Pomeranians smaller than the breeding standard to create teacups or miniature Pomeranians.

Pomeranian crosses frequently result in puppies with underdeveloped organs, diabetes, thyroid difficulties, and numerous other health problems. They are vulnerable to harm even with a simple jump because of their small size. Therefore, shrinking the Pomeranian even more won't help the breed. As cute as these are, it is not good to ignore these pups' health risks.

Throwback Pomeranians: It is hard to imagine that Pomeranians used to be considerably bigger when you see your adorable Pomeranian puppy. Large to medium-sized spitz dogs, which once roamed the Arctic and pulled sleds, are the forebears of the Pomeranian breed.

These spitz dogs are double-coated, with an outer coat and an inner coat, to keep them warm and protected from the weather. They mostly weigh around 30-40 lb (13.6-18.1 kg).

Throwback Pomeranians are at least 14 lb (6.4 kg) in weight and free of obesity or overweight. The bloodline must be pure for at least five generations on either side.

Pomeranians and other spitz breeds, such as the keeshond, Japanese spitz, and American Eskimo dog, share a similar appearance. But because they are larger, people can mistake them for an older breed of Pomeranian.

Pomeranian Mixes: The most fascinating Pomeranian varieties are the mixes created through cross-breeding. Designer breeds, known when two dogs of different breeds are crossed, are contentious subjects. Because these mixed dogs don't strengthen the bloodline or advance the breed, respectable breeders won't accept them.

Pomeranians that are a mix of two breeds might have a very distinctive appearance. But that is what makes them so well-liked and sought-after. More than 30 Pomeranian mix breeds exist, which might surprise many. Among the most well-liked ones are:

  • Pomchi: Pomeranian and Chihuahua
  • Pomapoo: Pomeranian and Poodle
  • Dameranian: Pomeranian and Dachshund
  • Bichonaranian: Pomeranian and Bichon Frise
  • Pomsky: Pomeranian and Husky
  • Maltipom: Pomeranian and Maltese
  • Shiranian: Pomeranian and Shih Tzu

Do Pomeranians bark a lot?

Pomeranians have a nature of being loud. A Pomeranian can communicate itself through happy barking to welcome the family and defensive barking at indicators of threats. They frequently develop strong attachments to their owners. Despite their propensity for barking, they are highly bright and trainable.

Pomeranians tend to have larger-than-life personalities and are naturally suspicious, which makes them bark. However, they can be educated to be a bit less loud because they are highly intelligent and obedient.

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Written by Nidhi Sahai

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

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Nidhi SahaiBachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

Dedicated and experienced, Nidhi is a professional content writer with a strong reputation for delivering high-quality work. She has contributed her expertise to esteemed organizations, including Network 18 Media and Investment Ltd. Driven by her insatiable curiosity and love for journalism and mass communication, Nidhi pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, graduating with distinction in 2021. During her college years, she discovered her passion for Video Journalism, showcasing her skills as a videographer for her institution. Nidhi's commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond her professional pursuits. Actively engaging in volunteer work, she has contributed to various events and initiatives throughout her academic career.

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