How to Comb a Pomeranian

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When combed out, a Pomeranian's coat can make her look twice her size.

The Pomeranian, a lively breed of toy-sized dog, is known for its long and fluffy coat -- when fully groomed, most of these dogs appear double or triple their actual size, thanks to their characteristic double coat. Keeping this coat in top condition generally requires a lot of owner attention. The outer coat is long, straight and harsh in texture, while the undercoat is soft, thick and short. Pomeranians are constant shedders, and lose and re-grow their undercoat completely about twice a year. Daily brushing is recommended to help prevent tangles and matting. At the very least, 2 full brushings should be given every week to help maintain the Pomeranian's coat.

Instructions

    • 1

      Choose a section of your Pomeranian on which to start, and spray that section with a dog conditioner solution. If you're starting with the hind legs, then, spray both of them. Chose a conditioner containing mink oil, which dampens the dog's coat and makes it easier to remove tangles and matting.

    • 2

      Part the hair in this first section with your fingers. Use a curved-bristle slicker brush to comb away from the skin. Don't brush downwards, and be careful of getting to close to your pet. Pomeranians tend to have very sensitive skin, which means that you should be very careful of hos close your brush bristles get to the dog's body.

    • 3

      Move methodically to your chosen second section, and repeat the spraying, parting and brushing technique. Always stroke away from the skin. Be sure that you cover the whole dog, too: it's easy to focus on the back, but it's just as important to brush the chest, the face-framing frill, the fur behind the ears and the tail.

    • 4

      Pay attention to tangles and matting. Try to work through them with the brush, but if they cannot be removed through brushing, take a small pair of scissors and delicately cut it out. Be extremely careful not to cut the dog, only the hair.

    • 5

      Gently use a double-sided stainless steel comb to check your work and make sure you have not left any packed pockets of hair. Give a quick final brushing. If you've done a good job, little or no hair should show up on your brush.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different sections when first brushing your dog. You might want to save the most difficult section -- one your Pomeranian doesn't seem to enjoy, for instance -- first.

  • Once you figure out the easiest place to start, begin with that same section each time you brush your Pomeranian. This will give him a routine, which will make future brushings easier.

  • If the long, full coat creates too much work, have your groomer thin and trim the dog's hair.

  • Never bathe your Pomeranian until all matting and tangles have been brushed out or removed.

  • Brushing dry, without conditioner, can make it difficult to remove tangles, which can be painful for your dog, and can also cause split-ends.

  • Pin brushes with knobs on the ends of the pins may damage a Pomeranian's coat, and are likely to irritate the dog's skin, as well. These should be avoided.

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