This article is for education purpose only, it is not an illustration of grooming for the show ring. Choice of shampoo, coat care and trimming differ substantially from this advice when preparing a Pomeranian for the show ring. There are several useful videos by professional Pomeranian Breeders that demonstrate techniques of show cuts. This article is for education purpose only.
I always start with the head ear tips first. This is possibly the hardest part as first of all you must make sure you do not cut the ear. Best way to protect it is by pinching the ear leather in between your forefinger and thumb so that you don't cut it by mistake. The excess hairs will protrude above your fingers and you want a horizontal angle across the top - not the best picture but basically scissors are parallel to the Pom's eyes. This is followed by a slightly tilted angle for your 2nd cut. This shapes the ears into a softer angle and prevents them from looking too pointy. After doing the ears - brush the hair around the head forward.
Now try and visualize a circle which frames their head and cut the excess hair away to reveal the circular shape. Take care round the ears. I often use my fingers as guides when the scissors are pointed in what could be a dangerous position if the Pomeranian suddenly leapt forward. Keep the circular shape in your mind and keep trimming it it. Brush the featherings out by the shoulder look at them straight on and trim them away - this will keep the circular shape when looking head on and the coat will look more buoyant and less heavy in that area.
Brush all the chest hair upwards then trim it in an angle aiming towards the knee this will keep it tidy as a trimmed chest is less likely to get chewsticks stuck in it! This will also keep the circular shape going when the Pom is viewed from the side. Turn the Pomeranian sideways and trim the underneath in a semi-circular shape. Start your line about 1/3 up back of front leg (behind the knee) then cut in a the semi circular shape with it ending in the same position about 1/3 way up back leg. This can be adjusted to suit the Pom’s leg length etc. Trim away any excess hairs sticking out in the midriff section.
Turn the Pomeranian sideways and trim the underneath in a semi-circular shape. Start your line about 1/3 up back of front leg then cut in a semi circular shape with it ending in the same position about 1/3 way up back leg. This can be adjusted to suit the Pomeranian leg length etc. Trim away any excess hairs sticking out in the midriff section. To tidy up the back legs I brush the hair upwards and outwards then cut away the hair sticking out which can look a like spurs. Now you'll have nice stovepipe legs. The far right photo shows the trousers being tidied up. They are cut level and at a height just below the back knee. shows the hair being trimmed away from behind the tail, about 1/2 inch or so, to help the tail lie flat you don't have to do this it's just my personal taste.
Trim away some of the hair around the base of the tail as it gives it a nice and tidy shape. Finish off the tail by twizzling the end - hold it straight up the back and then cut it the length where you think it will lay best. Next step is neat tidy feet - trim away the hair to stop the rabbit foot look - don't forget to trim underneath the foot too. I usually flip the Pomeranian on its back to do this - as I can control the Pomeranian and the scissors better.
Finishing Touch - Here's quick and easy way to clean their teeth. First put on a fabric plaster on the end of your forefinger. Duck it in some water then some Bicarbonate of Soda - then gently insert your finger and massage the teeth and gums. They don't seem to object to this as much and don't mind taste. Ideally you should do this once a week and then your Pom will have nice pearly whites like Fizz.
Below basic grooming kit which comprises of a rattle comb, scissors, thinning scissors (for softer edges - mine have 46 teeth), soft slicker brush, cat nail clippers and a dremmel. I also have water to spray onto the coat to dampen it when I'm shaping. Other products not in photo. I like to clean ears with Leo Ear cleaner, I wet down a cotton ball, then gently wipe the inside of their ear. You can get this product at your vets or order it online from Hub or Canine Chemist. I also like to clean under the eyes with a damp flannel water only. As you can see from the hairball left - not a lot of hair needs to come off to tidy up a Pom.
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