The Only Type of Shaving/ Clipping/Trimming/Plucking That is Necessary and Recommended
In order to keep your Pom properly groomed, there are some areas on the dog that should be shaved/ clipped for hygiene and health reasons:
Fur around the anus
For hygiene reasons, one should carefully shave this area....not down to the skin, but to a length of approximately 1/2 inch. When done, any feces will not stick to the fur and will allow your Pom to stay clean, smell good and not bring feces into the home.
This is not technically shaving or clipping, however any long hairs that are found growing inside of the ears should be plucked out. This is for health reasons, so that the ears dry out faster after bath time and so that the inside of the ear is not appealing to mites and/or fleas. Keeping long hairs out of the ears will also help prevent ear infections.
Any hairs that are growing UNDER the paws should be clipped. Fur should not hang down below the paw pads....This is a health issue and an appearance issue. When a dog has to walk on fur that is under the paw / growing out from the bottom of the paw pads, it can be very irritating and the long hairs can become caught on different elements.
Stray hairs/ rounding things off
The coat can be rounded off, with longer, stray hairs carefully cut so that the coat doesn't have long, heavier hairs weighing it down. Fur that grows too long will make the coat lay flat, so by allowing for a slight trim where needed, the coat can have that "ball" appearance and attain the fluffy look that this breed is known for. Some layering on the ruff and trimming on the legs and keep a Pomeranian looking neat & tidy, with the coat looking full and thick.