POMERANIAN SHEDDING & GROOMING

If you are attracted to the idea of adopting a Pomeranian puppy, and letting it grow into your life and your heart, there is one thing you need to be crystal clear about before you begin. Pomeranians shed their hair. They shed quite a lot. They shed when they are puppies, and they shed when they are adults. They shed more at some times of year than they do at others, and females can tend to shed more than males, but they all shed, nearly all of the time.

Now that this less-than-surprising revelation is out of the way, it’s time to get down to practicalities: understanding why and how Pomeranians shed, and how best to handle it, as well as considering some of the problems associated with unusual shedding patterns.

WHY POMERANIANS SHED

Pomeranian shedding is influenced, to some extent at least, by fluctuations in natural light. In the summer months, when there are more daylight hours, Pomeranians lose more of their hair. This natural phenomenon is disrupted by the fact that Pomeranians  in modern times spend their lives in homes where artificial lighting is used. This causes them to continue their shedding throughout the year, but it is still more noticeable in spring and also in fall, when they are preparing to grow their winter coat.. This heavy seasonal shedding may last from two to four months, and then normal, lighter shedding will resume.

Female Pomeranians shed more hair during their season or heat cycle and for a short time after it has finished. They also shed a great deal immediately after delivering a litter of puppies, sometimes resulting in an almost bald appearance.

HOW POMERANIANS SHED

A Pomeranian actually has two coats, an undercoat which is shorter and thicker and an outer coat of coarser, thicker hair. Shedding comes from the undercoat, not the outer coat (except for a few hairs here and there) but you may not actually be able to spot the difference between the two coats.

The shedding pattern of Pomeranians varies depending on the stage they are at in their life cycle. When your pet is four to five months old, you will notice hair falling out along the ridge of his back, more or less in a straight line. The shedding spreads and continues until the puppy coat is gone, but the adult coat is growing at the same time, with stiffer bristles called ‘guard’ hair sticking out through the softer puppy coat. So, although there may be bare patches, your puppy should never be completely hairless.

This puppy coat shedding, often referred to as the ‘Puppy Uglies’, can be quite distressing for unprepared owners, who might worry that their pet has caught a disease, or that this scraggy-looking creature is not quite the purebred animal they were promised. Fear not. This is just a normal developmental stage for Pomeranians, and by the time they are nine or ten months old they have developed their fluffy adult appearance.

HOW TO HANDLE POMERANIAN SHEDDING

How much of a problem Pomeranian shedding is for you will depend on your housekeeping standards and your susceptibility to allergens. Enthusiastic pet lovers tend to be less fussy about having a few dog hairs decorating their floors, furniture and clothes, and are probably less prone to allergies, but Pomeranian shedding is at times so excessive that you really must do something about it.

It is possible to buy vacuum cleaners that claim to be able to pick up pet hair without becoming clogged, but before committing to a purchase it would be a good idea to get a true idea of how efficient they really are from someone who already owns one of these machines. Other people use a product called StickySheets, large sheets of transparent plastic with a light adhesive backing, to remove pet hair from the couch or car seat.

The need to take action is first and foremost for your pet’s sake. Sometimes the hair that has been shed does not fall, but gets tangled up and matted in your Pomeranian’s coat. During the most intense periods of shedding it’s best take your dog outside for twice-weekly grooming with a long-bristled brush and a wide-toothed comb. Using dog hair conditioner may help, but if matted hair forms into balls that just won’t brush out you may need to have your pet’s hair clipped before it gets any worse.

Regular shampooing and trimming can help to keep shedding in check as well as promoting healthy hair growth. When trimming, pay particular attention to hair around the anus and between the foot pads in order to discourage infections.

UNUSUAL SHEDDING PATTERNS

As already discussed, it is normal for a Pomeranian puppy to lose so much hair during the ‘Puppy Uglies’ stage that he has bare patches of skin showing, but such a degree of shedding is not normal in adult Pomeranians. If you can see patches of your adult Pomeranian’s skin, he should be taken to a vet immediately for a check-up and a series of health tests. These bare patches could be caused by thyroid imbalance, or a disease called Red Mange, or could just be the result of an allergy. Your vet will give you the advice you need.

If your adult dog’s tail hair starts to become very thin, and bare patches appear on his back legs, this also warrants a speedy visit to the vet, because he may be coming down with the dreaded Black Skin Disease (also known as BSD or Alopecia X). Fortunately this is a relatively rare condition, but those Pomeranians who suffer from it lose a great deal of their coat, and the exposed skin may turn black. It can happen to animals  at any stage of their life, from puppies to geriatrics.

Sadly, there is no known cure for BSD, but it appears that it is not accompanied by any discomfort or itching. Near-bald BSD sufferers will need some clothing though, to help regulate their body temperature and protect them from sunburn. A sunscreen can be used in the summer months. Your vet may recommend spaying or neutering to eliminate one possible cause, a sex hormone imbalance. Alternative treatments include more regular washing, a change of diet and melatonin supplement tablets.

If you have previously owned a shedding dog, this information about Pomeranian shedding will not have deterred you from your plan to welcome one of these gorgeous dogs into your life. But if you find the idea of dealing with shedding too off-putting, there are plenty of breeds who shed very little hair, such as a dachshund, poodle or miniature schnauzer. With or without shedding, somewhere there is a pet that is just right for you.

TOP FIVE FOODS FOR PUPPIES

Puppies are like children in a way. They both require someone to take care of them. They both need someone to provide them with a good home, love and stability and of course, good food. If you just added a little pup to your family and not sure of what food to get for him or her, check out our list below for some top-rated treats.

  1. Taste of the Wild Grain-Free High Prairie (Dry Dog Food for Puppies)Wild Grain-Free High Prairie
  • This top-rated brand for dog food has a grain-free formula that is extremely nutritious and provides a lot of energy for your growing pup.
  • It contains a mix of fish proteins, fruits and veggies which provide antioxidants to give your puppy a healthy lifestyle.
  • One customer said that after feeding his dog with this brand, he noticed her coat developed a “great, soft shine” after only a few weeks.
  • Taste of the Wild received a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
  • Pricing: Between $43 to $50 (with tax)

 

  1. Wellness Canned Dog Food (Just for Puppies)

Wellness Canned Dog Food

  • Created by Wellness Natural Food for Pets, this brand is considered to be “holistic nutrition for growing puppies,” because it contains no wheat, meat-by products, artificial coloring / flavoring or nasty preservatives.
  • It also contains “high-quality” protein sources as well as a mixed blend of fruits and vegetables filled with antioxidants.
  • Unlike Taste of the Wild, it contains sweet potatoes, which provides a huge source of vitamins, beta-carotene and minerals.
  • One customer said he fed the Wellness brand to his dog, who is elderly and has a sensitive stomach. He said the food was “high in calories and easily digested, so it’s good for an older dog.”
  • Wellness Canned Dog Food received a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
  • Pricing: Between $25 to $28 (with tax)

 

  1. Purina Pro Plan (Dry Food for Puppy, Large Breed dogs)Purina Pro Plan
  • This brand contains chicken as its main ingredient, as well as glucosamine for joint health and mobility.
  • This is ideal for puppies who weigh over 50 pounds and possibly for those at a “mature” age.
  • It also has milk proteins, which are easily digestible, and help support your puppy’s immune system.
  • One customer said she fed this to her two Irish wolfhound puppies and since doing so, the pyoderma (skin infection causing the development of pus) on one of her pups completely disappeared after consuming the dry dog food.
  • Received a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
  • Pricing: Between $43 and $49 (with tax)

 

  1. Holistic Select (Large and Giant Breed Puppy, 30 pounds)

Holistic Select For puppies

  • This brand has a lamb and oatmeal recipe for large and giant dog breeds.
  • According to Amazon, it has guaranteed levels of L-Carnitine to support a healthy body weight.
  • It also has Glucosamine to help maintain healthy hip and joint health.
  • Contains proteins, grains and healthy fat sources to support breeds’ larger build.
  • Customers rave about the ingredients, price and how easy it is for their dogs to eat.
  • Pricing: Between $44 and $53 (with tax)
  • Received a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.

 

  1. Hill’s Science Diet (Large Breed Dogs, Dry Dog Food)Hill’s Science Diet
  • Makers of the brand guarantee your puppy will have a healthy immune system within 90 days.
  • Promotes healthy bone development, joint development and enhanced mobility by 30 percent.
  • Customers rave about their pups’ improved mobility and strength after feeding them this.
  • Received a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon’s website.
  • Pricing: Between $37 and $45

Pomeranian Yorkie Mix

The mixed breed Pomeranian Yorkie dog is what is known as a ‘designer dog’, a kinder term than ‘mutt’ or ‘mongrel’ . One might ask why a designer dog is necessary, given the enormous variety of purebred dogs available.  In fact, all dogs have a common ancestor, the wolf, first becoming domesticated more than 15,000 years ago. This means that so-called ‘purebred’ dogs are relative newcomers, the designer dogs of either evolution or more recent selective breeding.

Choosing to own or create a designer dog is not inherently wrong, as long as you know what you are letting yourself in for. So it will be useful to have some knowledge about this mixed breed before you welcome one into your family.

Other names for the Pomeranian Yorkie mix

As the full name implies, this particular crossbreed is normally a combination of a purebred Pomeranian and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier. The Yorkshire Terrier breed is also known as ‘Yorkie’. Breeders and owners have exercised their imagination in order to come up with novel names for the new mix. As well as ‘Pom Yorkie’ (with or without a space between the two words), you will also hear the mixed breed referred to as ‘Yorkie Pom’, ‘Porkie’, ‘Yorian’ and ‘Yoranian’.

Whatever you choose to call it, you will not be able to register your mixed breed animal with the American Kennel Club, but there are several other organizations who recognize the Pom Yorkie, including the American Canine Hybrid Club (Yoranian), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Yoranian Terrier), International Designer Canine Registry (Yoranian/Porkie), Designer Breed Registry (Yoranian) and Dog Registry of America.

The role of genetics in selective breeding

While the offspring of two purebred animals of the same breed will have a reasonably predictable size, temperament and  appearance, the outcome of mixing two breeds is something of a lottery. This is because the puppies’ genes, while they are certainly supplied in equal proportions by two parents whose genetic history is known and documented, will be a combination of dominant and recessive genes. Where both breeds have a trait which is similar, such as a small body size, it is most likely that the resulting puppies will demonstrate that same characteristic. But where dissimilarities exist, a dominant gene in one breed will prevail over the recessive gene in another.

It is also possible for a Pom Yorkie or Yoranian to be something other than a 50/50 mix of the two single breeds. This is because some breeders may create multi-generation crosses. For example, a Pom Yorkie mated with a Pomeranian would produce puppies that were 75% Pomeranian, 25% Yorkshire Terrier. A Pom Yorkie mated with a Yorkie would produce offspring with 75% Yorkie genes and only 25% Pomeranian genes.Porkie_Pomeranian_Yorkie_for_sale

Comparing the traits of Pomeranians and Yorkies

  • Breed type Pomeranians and Yorkies are both classified as Toy breeds.
  • Height A Pomeranian can measure anywhere between 7 and 12 inches. Yorkies typically reach an adult height of only 6 to 7 inches.
  • Weight Pomeranians tip the scales at only 3 to 7 pounds, while the slightly stockier Yorkie ranges from 4 to 7 pounds in weight.
  • Appearance A Pom’s coat color may be orange or red, or variegated white, brown, black and gray. Yorkies are two-tone dogs, appearing in black/tan, black/gold, blue/tan and blue/gold combinations, very occasionally overlaid with white star shapes. Additionally, Yorkies have distinctive puppy markings which fade as they grow.
  • Coat type Pomeranians have two coats: a long, wiry outer coat and a soft dense undercoat. Yorkshire Terriers have only a single coat of very long, silky hair which may trail on the ground.
  • Shedding Pomeranians are prone to extensive hair shedding. Yorkies are only light shedders and are suitable pets for people who suffer from allergies. They are sometimes described as having a hypoallergenic coat.
  • Life expectancy Both Poms and Yorkies are small breeds, who tend to live much longer than large dogs. So, like both its parents, a Pom Yorkie can expect to live for 12 to 16 years.
  • Health weaknesses Pomeranians have few health problems but their teeth need regular cleaning to avoid plaque formation. Yorkies can be picky eaters as a result of their sensitive digestive system, and may be susceptible to cataracts and bronchitis.
  • Original purpose of breed Pomeranians were bred in eastern Europe from the larger German Spitz, and were intended for show purposes. The Yorkie, on the other hand, had lowly origins as a working dog, a rat catcher in northern England’s 19th century mills and factories.
  • Temperament While playful and inquisitive, Poms can also be assertive and stubborn, and wary of strangers and inclined to bark. The Yorkie has a more even temperament and is known for its good nature. Both breeds thrive on love and attention, and are highly active, affectionate and intelligent, responding well to firm training. Neither breed has a reputation of being good with young children.

Looking at the above list, it is fairly easy to predict that your Pom Yorkie will be a small, affectionate, active, intelligent, long-lived dog with a variegated coat which could include the colors black, brown, white, blue and orange, and that it will not be particularly suited to households with small children. But exactly how much shedding and barking it will do, and whether it responds to strangers with suspicion or acceptance, is very much left to chance and the dominant genes of its parents.

Whether you regard a designer dog like the Pomeranian Yorkie mix as a good or bad idea depends largely on your position in the debate about hybrid vigor versus established bloodlines. Designer dogs enthusiasts insist that breeding from the same bloodlines, generation after generation, results in inbreeding and physical and mental weaknesses. Purebred devotees call designer dogs ‘mutts’ and accuse their breeders of running puppy mills and turning out animals that will end up in rescue centers. If you are not sure whether a designer dog in general, and a Pomeranian Yorkie mix in particular, is right for you, why not call a local breeder and arrange to meet one? Be warned, however. You may fall in love at first sight.

HOW TO DEAL WITH COAT SHEDDING OF SIBERIAN HUSKIES

A Siberian Husky sheds profusely! Sometimes it can shed continuously over a period of time and more often it happens periodically all year round. How will you know the signs and what can you do about it? Consider our tips below.


What to Anticipate

Blowing coat or molting is another term for undercoat shedding. While the growing top coat is coming out it pushes out the undercoat, which is deposited in a place where the Husky stays. The undercoat remains in the yard, on furniture, on the floor or even on your hands while you stroke your pet when it is shedding. Normally, your Husky is expected to shed 2x a year, that is, once between the month of September and the month of February, and it sheds again between the month of March and the month of August. This however is not true for all Huskies as some might shed constantly especially in warmer temperatures all year round while others might only shed once.

Shedding can last from 2 to 6 weeks, normally somewhere in between. In this period of time, you will constantly need to vacuum up all the fluff and hair around your house. As suggested by many Husky owners, using a quality vacuum like Dyson Vacuum will make your job easier.

Primary Shedding

A Siberian Husky when still a puppy already starts shedding early on. That begins from the time you take it from its breeder, that is, around eight weeks from the time it was born. This however might only be considered as the odd hair. When it gets a tad older, that is, around six months, it might start to have its first shedding. Of course as the dog increases in size, its coat grows more and this becomes more difficult.

As much as possible start grooming the Husky while it is still young so that it gets used to it early on. Although its coat does not shed yet, it is still a good idea to start combing your Husky puppy so that it gets accustomed to being stroked and combed. You can start using a brush with softer bristles and groom it for around 5 minutes from time to time. It is best to have it stand as you groom it, and reward it after with some treats to encourage such behavior.

Constant Grooming

After the puppy gets used to the feel of a soft brush, it is good to use the kind of brush that specifically extracts dead hair. The most popular one is the furminator. It is cost effective since it is not only effective but also lasts for a longer period of time. However, there are lots of brushes to choose from and it is basically helpful to ask advice from the local pet shop if you are unsure.

Making the Work Easier

Who says owning a Siberian Husky is no sweat? In addition to playing and exercising, grooming is also necessary. It is definitely not a good idea to shave your Husky even if the climate is warm. Its coat primarily protects it against the harmful rays of the sun and helps in regulating its temperature. Shaving its coat off will make it look ridiculous and make it feel cold or hot very quickly.

Dog owners can hire the services of professional dog groomers, but they cannot do this for 24 hours daily. You can simply accept the fact that it is inevitable for the fur to build up all over your house and just try to handle the matter the best way you can.

Smaller Husky dogs are not that difficult to manage since they are smaller in size. Examples of smaller Huskies are the Alaskan Klee Kai and Minis.

When you own a Husky it requires some responsibility in terms of grooming it. Just be positive and tell yourself that after the stress of the shedding season is gone, you will enjoy the company of your dog who will stay clean and look good for the next 6 months. Watch this video on YouTube for you to know what it is like to have a Husky dog.