Why Deep Pomeranian Hair Cuts are NOT a Good Idea
Aside from taking away the wonderful fur that the Pomeranian is famous for....when you cut the fur off of a Pom to a deep enough level that the inner layer is cut, the fur will NEVER grow back to the way that it was.... and if you do this at an early age the Pom pup will never have the adult coat that they would otherwise have.
You may hear "pro Pom cut people" tell you that it does not affect the coat. This is not true. It very much affects the coat. Think about how many people that you know...or perhaps it was yourself....who had long hair, cut it....and it never grew back the way that it was ever again.
If a Pom receives a Lion Cut, in which the fur is shaved down almost to the skin, an owner will also find that the fur will grow back in odd "patches"....and this can become quite a problem. Just like many other Spitz dogs that look similar to a Pomeranian, the inner coat should not be cut into. Lastly, a negative physical condition that can occur is that when a Pom is shaved. the elbows and other areas that are usually covered, are now exposed. This can cause sores when the dog lays down and does not have the extra "cushion" between him/her and the floor. Some dogs find that carpeting is irritating to the skin...(some are actually allergic to carpet or carpet cleaner) and this can cause allergies to develop since the dog is now exposing skin to the irritant.
The Emotional Impact
We are eye witnesses to Pomeranians that have been shaved down almost to the skin and then have behavioral issues. The Pom's fur is its coat...It can be a source of comfort for many Poms...When this is taken away it can be akin to a baby having their blanket taken away. The dog can become anxious, nervous and/or uncomfortable.
Shaving for Breeding
Some breeders will shave down their Pomeranians' coats. This normally occurs when a breeder has 10 or more adult dogs in their breeding program. Since the breeder is very busy taking care of puppies and all the needs of the Poms, they will shave down the adults....as time for grooming a large number of dogs is limited. There are pros and cons in this case....
When a breeder is busy taking care of all of the puppies' needs and the needs of the grownups....there is often not enough time for proper grooming to be done for all. This means that if the adult coats are left long, there is a very good chance that those Poms will develop tangles in the fur. Tangles, when not taken care of right away, will grow and grow.
Therefore, in this instance, the adult Poms that will be forever staying with the breeder may be shaved....DO keep in mind that these dogs may experience emotional issues at first, but when shaved on a regular basis many will become accustomed.
On the flip side of the coin, when potential puppy buyers come to look at puppies, they will want to see the parents (dam and sire) and it is not a great idea to show 2 dogs that are shaved. The potential puppy buyers will want to see the full coats of the parents to get a good idea of what their new pup will look like as an adult.
Therefore, we personally take the side of the "con" and do not suggest shaving down a Pomeranian even if you are a breeder.