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Trimming a Pomeranian

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A relative of mine has a Pomeranian that she has trimmed to keep the coat lower maintenance. She's also under the impression that it makes the dog cooler, though I'm skeptical of that. I was just curious if this was advisable or not. I would think since she's trimmed and not actually shaved, that her under coat would be left intact, so it'd be no problem, right? Aside from being lower maintenance I think it's incredibly cute. I'd be inclined to trim my own dog this way if I ever ended up with a pom.

Freakin' adorable, right??

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Oh, this dog doesn't spend a whole lot of time outside in bad whether, so the "heat issue" is more the owner anthropomorphizing. This dog is owned by an elderly woman and is pretty much attached to her at the hip. I was afraid you'd say that about it still ruining the coat and making matts easier, though. I assume by "ruining a dog's coat" you just mean that if allowed to grow out again it wouldn't look the same as before she was shaved? It's too bad because it looks nicer than a normal pom coat IMO, but of course there are more important things than looks. Anyway, I was mostly just curious. Thanks for weighing in, guys.
When a dog pants and is hot all the time, then is shaved and stops panting and acts more comfortable at home, it works. Regardless of all the supposed science. I think that science refers to a bald dog, not one cut down with a 7 or longer. Sorry for the rant. Just so sick of this debate. They are pets.
I think that's probably the case, because I can't see how a dog like Katie (the one pictured above) would have any more trouble regulating her body temp than a dog with naturally short fur. But maybe I'm wrong. *shrug*

I guess I was also kind of wondering if keeping the shave longer could prevent "ruining the coat" but it sounds like that is not the case? Regardless of how short the fur is cut it will grow back funny (because the guard hairs aren't growing back as they should)?
Yeah, I really have no idea what he coat was like originally. Honestly, I didn't even realize until recently that she was shaved...I guess I thought there was such a thing as a short-haired pom or didn't really realize how much coat the breed is supposed to have. I can see how it appears damaged though, kind of like frizzy split ends. I know she was a "rescue" of some sort, so probably came from a mill or byb. I doubt she'll ever have her full coat again since her owner really likes it this way. I'm not really into the super tiny dogs but I have to say she's one of the nicest, calmest, most absolutely adorable dogs I've ever met irl. She's a really nice match for her owner and is doted on constantly. ;p
I have a Pom mix. He has long fur. I always shave him in the winter. It does not keep him cooler but he drys off really fast with short hair. We go hiking and to the beach a lot so the short cut keeps him clean and dry.
Sounds like a shaved dog who gets to do all that stuff would be happier than one with a perfect coat that had to stay home. :) I wouldn't envy anyone who had to regularly clean mud and sand out of a full pom coat.
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