It is important to note that a Pomeranian hair growth will go through a phase of hair loss when it is time for them to have a change over from puppy coat to adult coat… This is normal and you can read about it here: Puppy Uglies.
This page is dedicated to Pomeranian hair growth in instances that the dog has already been diagnosed and treated for a fur loss issue…
This can be a case of patches or it can be an all over thinning. It can be the result of an illness or another medical condition such as a strong allergic reaction. For some, the coat will fall out after surgery… Once the health issue is resolved, owners wonder what they can do to restore their Pom’s appearance…
In the case of shaved Pomeranians (a huge No-No is if you actually shave down as opposed to just a trim to round out appearance)… And the owner is desperately trying to help promote fur growth.
If a coat has been destroyed from shaving, it is not easy to bring it back to what it once was… or what it could have been. However, this does not mean that you should not try. It will take patience and dedication from you… And by following all of the up-coming advice of a health Pomeranian hair growth, you may find great success.
So, let’s get going and see what we can do about this issue.
Hello, I had my Pomeranian shaved down to a Lion Cut and it was only afterward that I saw and read your information that this should never be done. Now, her coat looks terrible. It is not growing in properly. It looks all patchy in many places. Is there anything that I can do to help the fur grow in better? Thanks in advance!
Yes, cutting down to a lion cut is not good and we are not happy with “professional” groomers who dare say yes when people asked to shave a Pomeranian.
Since Poms have a double coat of fur, having that inner layer shaved is not natural for this breed.
Pomeranian’s inner layer is made up of thick, dense, short hairs… And the outer layer is made up of long, thinner hairs that create that fluff appearance. Longer hairs can be slightly trimmed to create a neater appearance and in certain places such as under the tail for hygiene reasons and under the paws so that there are no hairs that the dog walks on.
Natural length of Pomeranian hair growth ranges from 1 inch (on puppies) to 4 inches (adults, varying lengths, but longer ones found on the saddle and/or chest). It will be normal for an adult to have shorter hairs on the legs and top of head and longer ones on the saddle (back and sides) and the chest. Your Pomeranian’s stomach may seem patchy and it is normal for skin to show.
If that top layer is shaved off and one goes even further than this and the clipper goes down and shaves into that thick, protective inner layer… This is when problems occur. Doing that, in most cases, will affect how and even if the outer layer ever properly grows back again.
With this being said, there are some things that you can do to help a shaved Pomeranian hair growth. These methods can also help for anyone who is looking for help to stimulate the coat to grow in thicker (after the reason for the loss has been diagnosed and treated).
The 7 elements that will help with Pomeranian hair growth are:
1. You need to massage the skin when grooming.
2. You have to take care of any matt immediately.
3. As a Pomy parent, use a high quality and proper canine shampoo and condition (We have a list of recommendations under “Grooming” in the Pomeranian Specialty Shoppe).
4. Don’t forget to use a leave-in conditioner.
5. Use the proper grooming tool to help with any extra fur loss that could occur otherwise.
6. Provide baths a bit more often than normal (extra baths are a good thing if the right products are used).
7. Eliminate elements that may interfere with growth.
Details on Bathing and Products to Aid in Pomeranian Hair Growth
During this time of waiting for Pomeranian hair growth, we would suggest that you give him a bath every 2 weeks as opposed to the recommended every 3 weeks.
The reason that every 3 weeks is usually recommended is to prevent any potential dry skin issues. However, during this time when all other elements are brought in, this will be beneficial.
One of the important keys to this is that when you are bathing your Pomeranian, you will want to make sure to set aside enough time so that you do not need to rush through the process.
It’s super important to use a super high quality shampoo and conditioner; really good products can make a coat look great and inferior products can really ruin one.
Kayla Marie Diva, 4 years old
Photo courtesy of owner: Jessi B.
You will want to give his body a good massage when shampooing your Pom. This will stimulate the follicles. Most dogs enjoy this when done in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Be sure that there is not a lot of foot traffic or distracting noise.
You need to ensure that the water is not hot nor cold… It should be luke warm and you should test the water with the inside of your wrist before placing him or her in the bath. Also, depending on his size, he may feel more comfortable and safer if this is done in a clean kitchen sink, as opposed to a bath tub which may seem intimidating.
So, your goal will be to massage him as you are soaping him up. This massage should last 3-4 minutes. Next, you need to massage the skin for a much longer time while the canine conditioner is in his fur. Talking in a happy, soothing voice to keep him still and calm, massage the conditioned fur and skin for a good 10 minutes. This will stimulate blood flow, which in turn helps feed the hair follicles. Be sure to rinse very well when washing off both the shampoo and the conditioner.
It is vital to pat him dry as opposed to rubbing the fur. If you have a thin towel, you can gently squeeze water out of various sections… Rubbing the coat however and potentially cause split ends and that would be detrimental to Pomeranian hair growth.
For Poms that have major issues such as patchy fur, we recommend using rescue lotions typically used for BSD. There’s no need to use this if you are simply waiting for the coat to grow, but it will be helpful for issues such as severe thinning, patchy odd growth, etc.
In addition, a quality leave-in conditioner is needed on a daily basis. This will also aid in preventing split ends and keep the Pomeranian fur healthy. It will protect the strands from the sun, wind, cold (during the winter) and dry air; all elements that can impede Pomeranian hair growth.
Brushing and Grooming
Brushing and combing will be of great importance. You will want to mainly stick with a wide toothed comb for now. It is important to go over each section of the coat without missing a spot. Go slow. As you go through each section, you will want to be ready for any tangles or mats.
Pomeranian grooming in this way should be done every single day. This issue began with a matting problem and the goal will be to never reach that point again and also to fix any tangles when they are small and controllable… And this will release that previously tangled fur, allowing it to grow longer and help fill in the coat.
Any tangle found should be spritzed with a mixture of ½ water and ½ conditioner. Comb aside any surrounding fur so that you can clearly see what you are dealing with. With your hands covered in the water/conditioner mixture, slowly, by hand, untangle the mat. This is not a job to be rushed. It takes time. Simply gently pull through each strand, one at a time, until all are free.
Pooh Bear, 4 years old
“Has a big smile because he just had a bit of ice cream”
Photo courtesy of owners: John & Wendy Traynor
Make sure to check the entire body… the belly, the legs and so forth. Ensure that you keep the coat tangle free is a key element in promoting Pomeranian hair growth.
While you are in this process of trying to help the coat grow, you will not want to use a blow dryer. Allow the coat to air dry.
Keep the Coat Free from Friction
If your dog likes to lie down on the floor, whether it is carpeted or is hardwood, you will want to place a soft, clean baby blanket down first. Be sure that it has been washed with hypoallergenic laundry detergent first.
If your Pom has several areas in the house that he generally sets down to rest, have a blanket there already in place for him. This will provide him with a soft, gentle surface that will not irritate the skin (particularly the elbows) and stop contact static issues and carpet friction that can get in the way of a coat growing in.
One last thing that may, and we emphasize the word may, help with Pomeranian hair growth is to make sure that the vitamin and supplement that you are giving to him each day contains Omega 3. If not, you can obtain Omega 3 by itself. It can be found in powder form, which can be sprinkled on his food each day. This has proven to work with some Pomeranians.
Give it Time
Finally, time is what your dog needs right now. It may take months, even up to a year for the fur to grow back in. There is a chance that it will never look as it once did. Only time will tell. If you keep up with the above suggestions and are consistent in your efforts, you will have the best chance of success.
Age Related Thinning
We have many owners asking if it is normal for a Pomeranian’s coat to thin out as the dog grows older, into the senior years. The answer is yes. As a Pom matures and reaches 8 or 9 years old and officially becoming a senior the coat will not be as thick and shiny as it once was when the dog was younger. Follow all of the steps above to help give life to a dull, dry and thinning coat; but do know that many older Poms will look their age and the main element in all of that is the coat.
Moderate to Severe Thinning Over the Entire Coat
For any skin issues that are leading to a thinning of the coat, you will want to read: Skin Conditions, where we talk about good grooming practices and steps that you can take to keep the skin healthy, which is the foundation for a thick, healthy coat.
If you believe that your pom may have BSD (Black Skin Disease) or Alopecia X, be sure to read the Black Skin Disease page.