To my surprise, my blog post on cutting my Pomeranian’s fur continues to be one of the most clicked on posts at “Untying My Hands” (See the May 9, 2012 post “Never Shave a Pomeranian: Learning the Hard Way Hurts“). Some readers have asked for an update with pictures of Molly, so here goes.
I’m happy to report that Molly’s fur has almost completely grown back, and without my even noticing. It’s still not as full and fluffy as it was before the lion cut, but it’s fuller and fluffier than the lion cut (a tragic decision for which I may never forgive myself) and her fur is definitely more manageable. Now she doesn’t get bath mats on her hind parts, because I’m quick to dry her off after her bath (her previous owner didn’t do this, and I inherited the tangled problem).
I bathe her in “Perfect Coat Tearless Protein Shampoo,” and when her fur dries, it feels very silky and smooth to the touch, making for enjoyable petting. I also brush her with a flexible wire brush to get any tiny tangles or remove any loose strands. At the beginning of brushing, she doesn’t like the it much — often turning around to snap at it — but with lots of praise and a calm, soothing voice, she relaxes back into the brushing, so I can finish. Then I pet her a lot to comfort her before we leave to strut around the neighborhood, dog park, or open-air market of our choosing.
My advice is this: trim your Pomeranian if it’s necessary (especially near the anus as the droppings can sometimes get caught there), but avoid Lion Cuts, because a Pom’s charm really is in his or her fur. And care for the fur with a quality shampoo, quick drying, and after it’s dry, a nice brushing and luxurious petting. Your Pom’s fur will be so fluffy and shiny and it’ll make you feel so proud. Then hit the streets and show off your Pom! Poms are fabulous and we know it.
If you’ve decided to cut your Pom’s fur for whatever reason, but want to know if your Pom’s precious fur will grow back or not, I hope the following photos give you some hope. Believe me, I, too, panicked when I saw Molly reduced to a tiny lion, but I remain hopeful that my Molly’s fur will grow back to look as full as it did when I first adopted her last summer. Best wishes, Pom-lovers! And be thankful that we have such adorable creatures to love and adore that love and adore us in sweet return.