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Do Pomeranians Shed a Lot? Be Prepared Before You Get One!

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Pomeranians are known to be one of the cutest and most adorable dog breeds around, but they come with the potential of shedding quite a bit. So, if you don’t want to vacuum every day, another breed might be better suited for you.

But just how much fur do these pups leave behind compared to other breeds? Let’s look at the amount of shedding Pomeranians produce and how they compare with other dogs.

Why Do Pomeranians Shed So Much?

Like other breeds, the main cause of shedding in Pomeranians is due to seasonal changes. As temperatures heat up and cool down, dogs’ hairs go through cycles of growth and rest.

During the spring and summer months, their fur will start to shed more as they prepare for warmer temperatures ahead. In addition to this, Pomeranians have double the layers of fur as other breeds, which means more fur to leave behind—and for you to clean up.

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Do They Shed More Than Other Breeds?

When it comes to shedding, Pomeranians are in the higher range compared to other breeds. On average, they shed more than a lot of other dogs—particularly those with shorter hair.

However, some breeds still tend to shed more than Pomeranians, such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Labradors.

So, when looking for a pup that won’t leave too much fur behind, Pomeranians are still a great option—but certainly not the absolute best one out there.

What Dog Sheds the Most?

The breed that sheds the most—by a long shot—is the Akita. These unique-looking pups have a thick, double-layer coat and are known to heavily shed year-round—three times more than Pomeranians!

That said, Akitas are still lovable and can be an excellent addition to any home, but just make sure you’re prepared for the frequent vacuuming that comes with them!

Another breed that’s known to shed a lot is the Chow Chow. These majestic dogs have thick, fluffy coats and can be prone to shedding large amounts of fur, especially during the hotter months.

But even with their heavy-duty shedding capabilities, they’re still an excellent addition to any family—just make sure you have plenty of lint rollers on hand!

Alaskan Malamutes deserve mention, too, as they’re known to shed a lot, and their dense coats require frequent brushing. These amazing dogs are loyal, resilient, and full of energy—but they come with the responsibility of being a very frequent shedder.

If we were to show you a top 10 list of breeds that shed the most, the Pomeranian wouldn’t even make the list, if that helps to give you some perspective on how much they shed compared to other breeds.

How Often Should a Pomeranian Be Bathed?

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Bathing your Pomeranian too often isn’t always necessary—in fact, it could end up damaging their fur.

The general rule of thumb is that you should only bathe them once every three weeks or so, depending on how dirty they get in between baths.

It’s also important to note that when bathing a Pomeranian, you should always use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for dogs. This will help make sure their coats remain healthy and soft each time they’re washed.

Another thing to consider is that when you bathe your dog, it’s important not to overdo it. Too much bathing can strip them of natural oils that help keep their coats healthy, which can lead to dry, brittle fur.

Make sure you’re not bathing them too often—once every three weeks should do the trick!

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The Bottom Line

Despite what you might have heard, Pomeranians don’t necessarily shed more than other breeds—but they do still require a fair amount of maintenance and brushing to keep their fur healthy and clean.

And as always, make sure you do your research ahead of time so that you can prepare yourself for the grooming demands of any breed you choose.

Lastly, know that while Pomeranians may shed more than other breeds, they are nowhere near the worst of the worst, making them amazing companions that could be the perfect addition to your home!

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