Pomeranian

Shaving a Pomeranian’s coat

Pomeranian’s are fur bearing dogs and not hair dogs.  Fur bearing dogs are those that shed and also their fur grows to a predetermined length and stops.  Hair bearing dogs, on the other hand, are those with coats that continuously grow in length.  Pomeranian’s have a double coat, and when the coat is clipped too close permanent damage is done.  Shaving a Pomeranian’s coat is BAD and should only be done if absolutely necessary for medical reasons (i.e. if the coat is heavily matted).  “Coat Funk” is often the result of shaving a fur bearing dog.  “Coat Funk”, “Alopecia”, or “Black Skin Disease” are often the results of a shaved fur bearing dog’s coat and result in a damaged coat that will not grow in properly (the coat grows back very uneven/stringy, has bold spots, or won’t grow at all).  Often owners want their fur bearing dog shaved for cosmetic reasons or they think saving will reduce shedding or owners think it will make the dog cooler in the heat.  These are unacceptable reasons for pet owners to shave their dog!  Often pet owners don’t know why these are wrong ideas because their groomer has not explained to them why, or worse the groomer was not educated and din’t know them self!  For those that don’t understand we will explain to you why these are wrong reasons to shave a fur bearing dog:

1. Shaving a fur bearing dog for only cosmetic reasons as stated above often causes permanent damage to the coat.

2. Shaving a fur bearing dog to reduce shedding will not only causes permanent damage to the coat but also it will not stop shedding as the dog will continue to shed its newly short shaved coat.

3.  Shaving your dog so it will be cooler in the heat will actually put your dog more at risk to heatstroke.  Dogs have a wonderful swamp cooler system that God designed right into their snout and a dog’s coat acts as an insulator.  A dog with no coat at all will have a hard time regulating its body temperature, the skin will also be exposed to the sun and easily sunburn and that can lead to skin cancer.

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Baby’s before & after photos 2013

This little guy came to us after his previous groomer ruined his coat by shaving him.

Before           After

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Baby the Pomeranian after grooming front view 2013

Baby the Pomeranian before grooming left side view 2013 Baby the Pomeranian after grooming left side view 2013

Baby the Pomeranian before grooming right side view 2013 Baby the Pomeranian after grooming right side view 2013

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Teddy’s before & after photos 2012

This little guy came to us after his previous groomer ruined his coat by shaving him into a “Lion Cut”.  Teddy’s coat is permanently damaged but now with proper grooming his coat has improved some over the last few years with us and filled in.

Before           After

Teddy the Pomeranian before grooming front view 2012 Teddy the Pomeranian after grooming front view 2012

Teddy the Pomeranian before grooming left side view 2012 Teddy the Pomeranian after grooming left side view 2012

Teddy the Pomeranian before grooming right side view 2012 Teddy the Pomeranian after grooming right side view 2012

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Teddy’s before & after photos 2014

His coat has now become much thicker but there is still permanent damage coat and it is not what it use to be before his previous groomer shaved him.

Before           After

Teddy the Pomeranian before grooming front view 2014 Teddy the Pomeranian after grooming front view 2014

Teddy the Pomeranian before grooming left side view 2014 Teddy the Pomeranian after grooming left side view 2014

Teddy the Pomeranian before grooming right side view 2014 Teddy the Pomeranian after grooming right side view 2014

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