The tiny foxy-faced Pomeranian is famous for her dense double coat, and while she comes in a wide variety of colors, she’s most commonly associated with red or orange fur. These adorable pint-sized Spitz dogs hail from Scandinavia, Russia, and eventually North America. But did you know that Queen Victoria was instrumental in decreasing the larger Spitz breed into Pomeranian size? One unfortunate health condition for the Spitz is that they are prone to the skin condition Alopecia X, or Black Skin Disease, so finding gentle shampoos for your Pom is paramount.
Grooming the Pomeranian isn’t too difficult thanks to their small stature, but that immensely thick coat of fur does entail extra brushing and, of course, the occasional bath. There is a multitude of different dog shampoos to choose from, so we’ve reviewed the 8 best shampoos for Pomeranians. We hope our dog shampoo reviews will help you find the right product for you and your Pomeranian.
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The 8 Best Shampoo for Pomeranians
1. PetAg Fresh ‘N Clean Scented Dog Shampoo – Best Overall
PetAg Fresh’s Fresh ‘N Clean Scented Dog Shampoo is reasonably priced and contains natural plant-based cleaners. It is pH-balanced and soap-free (meaning that it’s made without alkaline and the fats used for making soap), making for a gentle cleanser, which will benefit dogs with sensitive skin. Soap-free also means if you are using a flea or tick treatment, you can use this shampoo without washing the treatment off. It also contains conditioners as well as aloe vera and vitamin E that will help keep the coat shiny and tangle-free. It is a scented shampoo that many owners will find adds a pleasant scent that should linger for a few weeks, as long as your dog doesn’t roll in anything stinky.
This shampoo is meant for adult dogs only, and while many Pomeranian owners may appreciate the scent, it is an added fragrance that others might not enjoy. Overall, this was an excellent shampoo that lathered up nicely that will make your Pom’s fur clean and fluffy and won’t bother her eyes.
2. Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo – Best Value
Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo is the best shampoo for Pomeranians for the money. This is an excellent shampoo that contains oats, which are suitable for dogs with sensitive skin or have dry and itchy skin. It is pH balanced and uses plant-based cleansers as well as coconut, which will gently clean your Pom. The oatmeal, chamomile, and aloe vera in this shampoo will help to relieve and moisturize itchy dry skin, and it contains an almond fragrance designed to deal with that doggy smell. It is also suitable to use on cats if they let you.
The lather on this shampoo was suitable, but it didn’t lather quite as well as some of the other shampoos on our list. We also found that the fragrance wasn’t very strong and didn’t last long, which gave us more of a wet dog smell after the bath.
3. Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Dog Shampoo – Premium Choice
Douxo Chlorhexidine PS is our pick for premium choice because it is expensive but is quite effective at clearing up a dog’s skin problems. It is an antiseptic containing climbazole and chlorhexidine, which helps manage fungi and bacteria on the skin. It also includes salicyloyl phytosphingosine, which can alleviate your Pom’s chronic itchy skin, and lipacid, which will moisturize your dog’s skin and controls inflammation and seborrhea. If your Pom has skin allergies, atopic dermatitis, or a fungal infection, this is a beneficial shampoo that can alleviate many of these skin issues.
However, one of the problems with this shampoo is that you need to leave it on your dog for a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes, which is not the easiest thing to do when you have a squiggly dog who might not necessarily enjoy a bath. It also contains fragrance, which might not react well if you do have a Pom with sensitive skin.
4. Buddy Wash Original Lavender & Mint Dog Shampoo
The Buddy Wash is a shampoo and conditioner all in one that is soap-free and alcohol-free and will clean your Pom’s skin and coat beautifully. It only contains natural ingredients such as botanical extracts, including chamomile, green tea, sage, aloe vera, and rosemary, with no added fragrance. It has a coconut base with lavender and mint added for a natural scent and a, hopefully, soothing bath time experience.
While the scent is natural, some may find it strong or unappealing, and the shampoo should be shaken before use, or it may not work as it should. It also contains wheat and might not be recommended for any Pom’s with a wheat allergy.
5. Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Fragrance Free Shampoo
Earthbath shampoo is soap-free and contains aloe vera and oatmeal for itchy and dry skin. It is fragrance-free, which can be beneficial for Poms with allergies or sensitive skin and helps to neutralize that pungent doggy odor. It is biodegradable as well as phosphate and paraben-free, so it’s good for the environment as well as your Pom. You can use it on both cats and dogs, and it should help to hydrate and heal dry and itchy skin.
Earthbath is a little pricey, and while some might appreciate it being fragrance-free, others will not and would prefer their Pomeranian to smell a little sweeter after bath time.
6. Isle of Dogs Tearless Puppy Shampoo
The Isle of Dogs Tearless Puppy shampoo is well priced and doesn’t contain parabens or sulfates, which is helpful if your Pom has sensitive skin. This shampoo is good for dogs of all ages and is a tearless formula, so it should be safe if any gets in your dog’s eyes.
The Isle of Dogs does contain fragrance, which can be a good or bad thing depending on the individual. The scent will last a long time, making your Pom smell fresh and clean, but not everyone appreciates a scented shampoo. We also found it didn’t lather very well, and some dogs with sensitive skin may react to this shampoo with dry and flaky skin.
7. TropiClean Luxury 2 in 1 Papaya & Coconut Pet Shampoo
TropiClean Luxury is a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner that contains papaya and kiwi that will moisturize dry skin and leave your Pom’s fur soft. It also includes mango and coconut that will contribute to a healthy coat and make brushing your Pom a little easier. It is soap-free and a gentle shampoo that can be used safely on both dogs and cats and will build up the moisture on your dog’s skin and in the coat.
Like with many of the shampoos on this list, this one contains a fragrance that could be thought of as a pro or a con, all depending on the individual. The TropiClean Luxury shampoo will leave your Pom smelling lovely, but the added fragrance might cause issues for your Pom’s sensitive skin. The bottle arrived with a leak, which seems to be an issue with this particular brand of shampoo.
8. Burt’s Bees Oatmeal Shampoo
Burt’s Bees shampoo for dogs is a gentle shampoo made with honey and colloidal oat flour (oat flour that is ground up with bran, which has soothing properties for the skin). The oat flour is good for the skin, and the honey will make your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. It is 97% natural, pH balanced, and does not contain chemicals, fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and other ingredients commonly found in shampoos. If your Pom suffers from eczema or red, itchy, flaky skin, Burt’s Bees dog shampoo might help relieve some of these skin issues.
We found that this shampoo did not lather up very well, and the consistency was a bit on the watery side. It also does not have any real fragrance to it, so if you’re looking for a shampoo that makes your Pom smell nice, this won’t be the shampoo for you.
Buyer’s Guide – Choosing the Best Shampoo for Pomeranians
Pomeranians can be prone to sensitive skin. With their eye-catching double coat, the dog shampoo should both cater to both. The double coat consists of a thick and soft insulating undercoat, and the outer coat is longer and rougher in texture and is quite profuse. Getting the shampoo onto your Pom’s skin can be a challenge considering how thick the fur is. When shopping for a shampoo for your Pomeranian, there are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration.
Pomeranians will benefit from using a conditioner on their coats, but you want to be sure to use a light one, or it could weigh the coat down. Two of the shampoos on our list are 2-in-1, which means they are a shampoo mixed with conditioner, so it could cut down on the time your Pom spends in the bath. This could prove convenient and less stressful for the dog that doesn’t enjoy the bath as well as for puppies and senior dogs.
In some cases, you might have to try different combinations of shampoos and conditioners as well as 2-in-1s until you find the right products that will work best for your Pom.
You’ll need to ensure that the shampoo you purchase for your Pom will be gentle on her skin and coat. Every dog has natural oils on their skin, which are distributed throughout the coat every time you brush them, which keeps the skin and coat healthy. You want your shampoo to remove any excess dirt and leave as much of the natural oils alone as possible. If your Pom’s skin has the right balance of oils, the coat will accordingly grow healthy and shiny.
Another consideration is soap-free shampoos, which will come in handy if you’re currently using flea or tick treatments. Soap-free will not wash these treatments off, so you can give your Pom a bath without the need for another treatment.
The more all-natural ingredients your dog shampoo has, the gentler it will be for your Pom’s skin and coat. Many of the shampoos on our list contain ingredients such as oatmeal, aloe vera, and coconut, which all help skin that is irritated and itchy. The Buddy Wash Shampoo & Conditioner found in the number 4 spot on our list is the only one that is completely natural (have a look at the ingredients; you can pronounce all of them) and might work wonders for your Pom, but it won’t necessarily work for all dogs.
If your Pom already has skin issues, you’ll want to start by trying all-natural dog shampoos as the chemicals found in many shampoos might further damage the skin. However, you should speak to your vet about changing your dog shampoo if your Pom does have skin problems.
Adding fragrance to a dog shampoo is pretty standard practice as a method to battle doggy odor. Nothing is better than burying your face into your dog’s sweet-smelling and soft fur after a bath. However, some dogs might have a reaction to the added fragrance if they have allergies or sensitive skin. If your Pom does have an adverse reaction to shampoo with an added fragrance, you’ll have to find other ways to deodorize your pup.
A little trial and error might be in order until you find the right dog shampoo for your Pom. A shampoo that has rave reviews online will not necessarily work well for your Pomeranian. Additionally, the cheapest shampoo is more likely to have harsher ingredients, but this also doesn’t mean to go for the most expensive. Do your research, read the ingredients and try out a shampoo.
PetAg’s Fresh ‘N Clean Scented Dog Shampoo is our pick for the best shampoo for Pomeranians overall. It has a nice lather and scent, is soap-free and moisturizing for your pup’s skin and coat, and it’s quite reasonably priced. Our pick for the best shampoo for Pomeranians for the money goes to Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo for its great price, as well as the multitude of special ingredients that will help alleviate any skin problems your Pom may be experiencing. It can also be used on cats, which is an added bonus. If your Pomeranian is experiencing skin issues, definitely talk to your vet about treatment before trying out a new shampoo. The last thing you want to do is to make the problem worse.
We hope these reviews of the best dog shampoos will help you find the one that will be the most effective for you and your Pom. Once you’ve settled on the right shampoo, we hope your Pom will be happy, comfortable and will smell as lovely as a bed of roses.
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