Pomeranian's Coat Not Growing Back?

June 17, 2017

Will Cutting a Pomeranian's Fur Damage His Coat? Pom with short haircutI got my Pom puppy (14 weeks old) cut short, but not shaved. I was not aware of the dangers in cutting them and am terrified that I ruined his coat. If it is just a one time thing, is it pretty likely that I have no damage my poor baby permanently?



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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

I have always heard that you could trim/cut some dog's fur with no after affects but this is not the case with the Pomeranian. It seems their fur is different and may never grow back to the original condition. I'm surprised that your groomer did not inform you of this as most groomers should know this. Maybe you are lucky and only the outer layer was trimmed.

Here are a couple of sites that explain what happens and what you can do (but I do not believe there is any true remedy).


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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

I was also surprised to learn that the hair may not grow back at all, or grow back wiry or fuzzy. The coat is hard to maintain, but keeps the dog cool in summer and warm weather in winter.


I'm not sure what your recourse is against the groomer. I'm sure you could go to small claims court if you want to go that route.


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June 19, 20170 found this helpful

I did a little research and I hope that you will be ok. It sounds like shaving down can cause damage to the hair follicles. Since it was just a clip, it probably didn't go deep enough to cause a problem.

I have a Chow Chow and we have given her a lion cut often over the years. It has always grown back entirely. I would have never known it was different for Pomeranians.

May 7, 20201 found this helpful

This is a perfect summer cut for a Pomeranian, ignore the previous posters with no knowledge. Your Poms undercoat is still in tact, thats the part you dont want to shave off.


But cutting off the overcoat like you did isnt an issue at all, and it will grow back quickly.

June 7, 20210 found this helpful

Im upset and having the same problem with my beautiful cream colored Pomeranian. I took her to the groomer like 8 months ago and she cut her coat so short that its not been growing back her beautiful Pomeranian fur. Im very upset her hair is all fuzzy and not beautiful fluffy and smooth. Im su very angry. Poms arent cheap!

March 9, 20220 found this helpful

It is indeed an old falsehood that a long fur coat insulates your dog from the heat in summer and helps them stay cool. How would you feel in a big thick for coat on a 90° day? How would you feel in that same fur coat in a sub zero temp day? It's only common sense.


If I had a Pomeranian I would keep his/her coat short for comfort. I'd rather have a happy dog who feels loved and is best able to help stabilize his/her temp on their own than otherwise. Even if they did look a little funny. What's the point of continuing to breed a dog that stands a good chance of being uncomfortable most of his/her life.

May 31, 20220 found this helpful

Both of those articles defy biology and other sciences. Hair grows from inside out. To change growth of hair would be damage hair follicle or problem internally ie thyroid etc. Cutting a hair does not in any way effect a new hair growing in. Many hairs fall out everyday and new hair grows in everyday.


The fuzzy undercoat can serve as a protection against heat and cold but not if it isn't brushed out. If not brushed it forms a solid mass as actually causes skin problems and over heating . Unbelievable that people out out this misinformation.

May 1, 20230 found this helpful

The difference is humans cool through their skin, dogs do not. Their cooling system is through their tongues and pads of feet. So the reference of wearing a fur coat does not apply. Dogs need a certain length of hair to protect their skin from the elements and if they have undercoat, it needs to be kept brushed out for proper skin health. 41 years of grooming experience, 7 years vet assistant.

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August 7, 2007

When I adopted my two Poms in June, I had to have them shaved completely because they were terribly matted and there was no way around it. My female is starting to get her wonderful coat again, but the male is just getting hair on his back ; his legs and part of his rump have hair. Is this the way it sometimes grows back? Can someone help me ease my mind? I am terribly worried that my "Rusty" will not have all his lovely coat as before. Thanks.

Kathy from VA


By pikka (Guest Post)
August 7, 20072 found this helpful
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I knew a woman 2-3 years ago who had a pom with a ratty looking coat; the dog was old, had been checked by a vet, nothing wrong. She looked at skin closely, thought she saw slight inflamation around hair follicles, started to use emu oil shampoo, and then emu oil.


I came by to visit after some months and thought she had bought a new pup (figuring old dog had passed). Not only was it the same dog, but she had done same for husband (bald, nearing 80) and he had fuzz all over his head. They showed me....

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October 5, 2020

My Pom got massacred by a groomer today. They completely cut off fur on his back legs (from paws up) so they now look so skinny. Also, severely cut back the fur around his bum. How can I make his fur on the legs grow back? Will the fur around his bum grow back?

Thank you.


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October 5, 20200 found this helpful
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I am so sorry this has happened. With the Pomeranian breed of dog, you should not really shave the dog's hair at all. it should be cut down and not shaved. It will grow back eventually and could take time for this one to happen. When it does grow back it usually isn't the same as it was before the dog was shaved. it does change the texture of the dog's hair when the dog is shaved and not cut. One thing you can do to help promote hair growth for the dog is to get a good hypoallergenic dog shampoo and give the dog a bath once a week making sure you rub the dog down and get down to the skin. This will remove some of the dead skin cells on the dog to help promote hair growth again. I would not shave one of these dogs because the hair never seems to grow back the same and before. It can grow back patchy or not be as silky as before. This dog should only be trimmed and not shaved. I know a lot of people say this is no big deal but for this dog breed, it is a big deal. If the hair around the bum was just cut this will grow back normally as long as it was not shaved down to the skin.

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August 10, 2017

My Pom got all his hair cut and now it won't come back. Help!


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August 10, 20170 found this helpful

How long ago did you shave your dog? If it's only been a few weeks this is normal. I have 4 Bichon Frise dogs and when I shave them it can take up to 4 months before their hair grows back.

The dog's hair will grow back, but it might take a few months. My female Bichon's hair takes longer to grow than the males. His hair grows rather fast and is very thick. Just give it time. It is hard to see the hair growth when you are with the dog daily.


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August 10, 20172 found this helpful

Pomeranians should not be shaved. If the inner layer was cut into, the hair should grow back. If it was cut into, the hair may grow back coarse, or not at all. You may have legal recourse against the groomer, if you choose to go that route.


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August 10, 20172 found this helpful

Pom's should not be shaved and your groomer should have informed you of the problems with cutting his fur too short. it is possible that it may never look like it did in the past but it will take a long time to regrow to any length.
This was a gross negligence on your groomer's part as this is common knowledge with experienced/professional groomers.

All you can do now is take good care of him as his fur slowly grows and hope for the best.
Here is a link that might help with daily care.


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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

Generally it won't grow back like it was.. It will come back in patches. Here is a success story of someone's whose hair did grow back. Good luck!


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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

Try sulfer and lard on the spot where the hair is not growing,this works for mange.


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August 11, 20171 found this helpful

aside from the obvious (visit the vet) then I would say that some dog breeds (such as Poms) do have tendency towards an alopecia condition that is harmless though not particularly beauteous.

some vets and others advocate supplementing his diet with omega 3, specifically fish oils. Some ppl have reported the hair growing back after that


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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

i want to amend that i did not know that the breed itself would be harmed by shaving, though certain of these dogs DO get Alopecia X or Black Skin Disease (and I found out bc our neighbor's dog has this and I saw it firsthand so looked it up bc i found it interesting)

.. and that condition CAN be cured by fish oil, it sounds like what's happening here is different and caused by the groomer.

May 19, 20192 found this helpful

I am devastated! same happened to my beautiful Pom. At least I will make sure the groomer gets fired

October 17, 20190 found this helpful

I guess you have to blame someone for the owners mistake

Owner - booked a clip
I'm a groomer and own a Pomeranian I clip my pom but not to skin and yes she grows back
Yes you shouldn't clip a pom due to changing the dynamic of the coat
Double coats have a job to do and when shaved it changes this
However owners choice and if a owner asks I clip

February 28, 20202 found this helpful

Your response is completely inaccurate! A Bichon is NOT a Pom which is a double-coated breed! Any owner who decides to have their Pom or other double-coated breed shaved takes the risk of forever ruining their pets beautiful coat. I speak as a small-brews groomer and owner of 5 Pomeranians.

April 20, 20220 found this helpful

My Pomeranian "Juju" shouldn't have been shaved. I give her 3 mg melatonin daily and slowly it is working. If any other suggestions let us know.

April 27, 20220 found this helpful

Thank you that's what happened to me at Petco's Groomer. He says he had to shave my Poms hair and it's been a year with no growth. (Says he had no choice it was matted and this is my first dog). My Vet advised me to give 5 mg melatonin daily. No obvious change.
If any suggestions I appreciate you. Aloha and God bless!

April 27, 20220 found this helpful

Thanks so much

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March 22, 2006

I have a purebred Pomeranian that seems to have problems growing her hair. I have confirmed that she is a purebred pomeranian. Are they any ways that i can encourage her hair to grow? The attached picture is not of my dog but that exactly what she looks like but with shorter hair.

Sam from Rockhampton QLD


By Pamm (Guest Post)
March 22, 20060 found this helpful

have you talked to your vet? maybe the groomer is using the wrong shampoo. There may be an under lying skin condition. one of my doxies had to have allergy testing and had her entire left side shaved. that was the middle of january. i started using a diet supplement called Missing Link. I also use a product Vitacoat. Both of these I get through a catalog & online
Litlle Pudge's hair is about 90% back to normal.

Hope this helps.

By Jan (Guest Post)
March 22, 20060 found this helpful

How old is your pom?Their full coats don't come in until they are over a year old.I had and pom and he didn't have a full coat until he was over a year old

By tedsmom (Guest Post)
March 22, 20060 found this helpful

It's possible that you are keeping your dog too warm. My pom has gobs of hair and I blame it on the fact that I keep my house fairly cool all winter and very cool in the summertime. In fact, he has so much hair that I have to use a thinning comb on him quite often!

March 23, 20060 found this helpful

I second having her checked out by a vet. Also, lowering the temperature may help as well.

It may also be that she just isn't going to get a huge coat. Our pom (pure-bred) has a nice thick coat, but I see tinier poms with just as much fur as our larger dog! If you live in a warm environment, having a shorter coat may be a blessing in disguise. We've had to trim our pom's coat down to an inch every summer or she refuses to MOVE and is obviously miserable.

By Jill (Guest Post)
September 20, 20070 found this helpful

My Pom is having the same problem. I keep the house cool (my husband is from Canada). I have had her checked by the vet, Her hair was fine but I noticed that the hair was not growing back after grooming. She has tufts right now. Spice is 7 years old. Please help if you know anything that will help my Spice.

Editor's Note: Here is a link to a site that has information on Alopecia which is a possible cause of this:

By Skyla (Guest Post)
March 21, 20080 found this helpful

I have a Pomeranian as well and he has the same problem. I was just wondering have you ever had her hair cut? My dogs hair was cut and after that his hair has not been growing back, I took my dog to a groomer and she said i should try a treat/food that is for the skin and coat. Also using spry when grooming his hair. Talk to your groomer about any of these products.
Tip: Don`t get your dogs hair shaved. Even if there are knots. Instead use spray to help keep knots out.

May 26, 20080 found this helpful



Doggone Funny Where That Dog lol


By veverly shell (Guest Post)
June 5, 20080 found this helpful

I have a pom and her hair is coming out in patches on her back. The vet give her an allergy shot but it did not help.This has been going on since winter.

By zoe (Guest Post)
August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Hi. If any of you want to email me directly with your problems I will do all I can to help you with possible answers and things to try.
zoe xxx

September 9, 20080 found this helpful

i had my pom groomed about 3 months ago and it is not growing back on his back. i am going to try the omega 3 oil in his food but i see that a lot of you had this problem but didnt state as to whether it was after a cut or not. he has been neutered for about 4 years now. the last haircut i noticed it didnt grow back as fast as the rest of his hair but this time it is just not growing out at all. any help would be appreciated.

By Amber (Guest Post)
September 10, 20082 found this helpful

I am having the same problem with my pomeranian. I shaved her, and now her hair is growing back in patches. I found some information on the internet. Apparently, sled dogs (close relation to poms) are prone to post-clipping alopecia. I took my dog to the vet, as well as this theory to the vet, and she told me this was correct. It is counter-intuitive, because apparently it is the skin's exposure to colder temperatures that slows/stops the hair growth....when you would think the cold temperature would make them grow more hair. My vet said the hair will eventually grow back, but in the mean time I can give my dog some Melatonin vitamins (you can get these at any natural food store). I have attached the information from the website....see below:

Post-clipping alopecia is a common condition found primarily in sled dogs (Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes), Keeshonds and Chow Chows. After the hair is shaved closely, like when shaving the hair for venapuncture, surgery or wound management, regrowth is delayed for up to 6 to 12 months. Two theories are proposed as to why this occurs in sled dogs:
The hair no longer insulates the skin and the blood vessels constrict causing loss of blood flow to the hair follicles. This may be an adaptive mechanism to reduce the loss of heat from the exposed skin area in harshly cold climates.
Loss of the hair may cause a drop in temperature in the area that adversely affects the blood supply to the area.
Hair that eventually grows back in may be darker in color.


Mordecai Siegal (Ed.) The UC Davis Book of Dogs. 1995, HarperCollins Publishers.

July 23, 20180 found this helpful

My ppm was shaved very short as it trying to grow it has become wirey will the softness come back or is there is something I can put on him to help him have nice coat

February 10, 20190 found this helpful

Our 2 yr old pom had a cut and the groomer almost shaved her coat off. We were so angry because we told the groomer she needed a trim only. It has been 5 months now and it has not grown a bit. Anyone had the same experience? Any advice fir hair growth?

February 24, 20210 found this helpful

I was told by a vet that melatonin given to a dog will help the hair to grow back. I had tried it and it works really good. My pom had no hair on his back but everywhere else from being shaved short. I gave liquid melatonin that came with a dropper and it started growing like a weed really quickly lol

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