How Often Should I Bathe My Pomeranian Dog?

Last Updated on June 11, 2024 by Denise Leo

Discover how often you should bathe your Pomeranian dog to keep their coat healthy and clean. Expert tips on grooming frequency for happy, well-groomed Poms.

The Pomeranian is a breed that requires regular bathing and grooming. This small and energetic dog has a short, thick undercoat double coat and a thick, harsh-textured outer coat. A distinctive feature of the breed is its heavily plumed tail.

Consistent grooming is essential for maintaining the breed’s appearance and specific health benefits. The perfect bathing routine would be weekly, but bathing is advised at least every three to four weeks to prevent matting and tangling.

Proper coat care is essential for maintaining healthy skin and fur. When the coat becomes dirty, the hair shaft can become rough and break down, leading to damage and matting close to the skin. If left unattended, this matting can cause skin issues.

Keeping the coat clean and healthy is crucial for preserving its dense, double-layered texture.

How Often Should I Wash My Pomeranian?

Owners often ask how often to bathe their Pomeranian. Regular bathing is crucial for keeping a Pomeranian’s coat healthy and clean.

For pet Pomeranians, a monthly bath is recommended during the winter months. More frequent baths are ideal in the summer, especially if the dog becomes dirty. This routine helps keep the coat in optimal condition and prevents matting and tangling.

My Pomeranians are bathed twice weekly whilst being shown. The day before a show, and once again the day following the show, remove any grooming products added to the coat at the show. Whilst enjoying a break from the show ring, the show dogs are given a weekly maintenance bath.

Pomeranian having a bath.
Pomeranian having a bath.

Giving Pomeranian Puppies a Bath

Dog owners often wonder when to give their little dogs their first bath. For Pomeranian puppies, waiting until they are around 8-12 weeks old is essential to ensure they are strong enough for bath time.

The first bath is an important experience, so it should be done properly. Using a dog-specific shampoo is crucial to maintaining the Pomeranian coat’s health.

Before the first bath, gently clean the eye area with a damp cloth. Due to their small size, be extra gentle, and after bathing, use a blow dryer on the lowest setting to dry them thoroughly. This careful approach will make their first time in the bath a positive experience.

New Pomeranian puppy owners should ask their breeder about bathing Pomeranian puppies. Instructions are usually required on when to commence bathing and grooming requirements.

At Dochlaggie, grooming commences at a very early age. Bathing pups older than five or weeks should have no ill effects as long as care is taken to ensure the puppy is correctly and fully dry after his bath.

Grooming Pomeranians Information:

  • Bathing Pomeranians will not soften a correct coat. Dirt, grime, and talcum powder can easily damage a Dog’s coat.
  • Clean hair grows; dirty hair will dry out and break off. Coats can vary from canine to canine.
  • Breeders strive to produce double-coated Poms with correct standoff and harsh coats. A Pom’s coat may also differ significantly from month to month.

Bathing Pomeranians Instructions:

Follow these safety tips:

  • Place a non-slip mat or an old towel on the sink’s bottom.
  • Use a filter in the drain to prevent hair from blocking it.
  • Ensure your dog won’t knock a handle and make the water extra hot without you being aware of it.

How to Bathe a Pomeranian

Bathing your Pomeranian on a regular basis is essential for maintaining its coat’s health and cleanliness. Due to their thick, double coat, Pomeranians require more attention than short-haired dogs. However, it’s crucial to strike the right balance.

Overbathing your Pomeranian can remove the natural oils from its skin, making it dry and potentially causing skin irritation. For most Pomeranian owners, a bath every three to four weeks is typically sufficient. This frequency helps remove dead hairs and maintain the coat’s cleanliness without compromising the dog’s skin health.

When preparing for Pomeranian baths, remember that you can make the experience comfortable and safe for your pet. It’s important to use the right tools and products. Human shampoo should be avoided as it can irritate the dog’s skin. Instead, opt for a high-quality dog shampoo for small dogs like Pomeranians.

Before the bath, use cotton balls to gently clean the ear canal and prevent water from entering, which can cause infections. Daily brushing is also recommended to keep the coat free of tangles and to distribute body oil evenly. Using the right tools and products ensures a pleasant and effective grooming session for your Pomeranian.

Once the coat is wet, apply dog shampoo by working it through the coat down to the skin. Thorough shampooing helps build a healthy, strong, and manageable coat.

When rinsing, use slightly cooler water and ensure all shampoo is removed. Apply a light conditioner to nourish and hydrate each strand of hair, using a heavy conditioner only if the coat is severely damaged. After bathing, gently blot the coat with a towel to absorb excess moisture, avoiding circular motions to prevent further tangling.

Remember to trim your Pomeranian’s nails and brush their teeth regularly. Professional grooming services are an excellent option for a more thorough grooming session. With the right care routine, your Pomeranian will look and feel its best, ensuring it remains a happy and healthy companion.

  • To prevent mats and felting, it is important to brush before bathing.
  • Ensure that your Dog is completely brushed and combed through before attempting to bathe him.
  • Bath water should be warm and reach no higher than the Pomeranian’s elbows.
  • Lather well ( using the best shampoo for Pomeranians ) on both sides of his body.
  • Start at the Pom’s tail area and wash the dog’s head last.
  • Always use a sponge on his head and keep the shampoo and conditioner clear of your Dog’s eyes and ears.
  • Rinse well with clean, lukewarm water.
  • The conditioner is then applied to the bottom half of his body, tail, feet, and leg and rinsed out of his coat.
Pomeranian wrapped in a towel after a bath.
Pomeranian wrapped in a towel after a bath.

How to Correctly Dry A Pomeranian

Dry the coat with an air-forced dryer, then finish with a stand dryer while brushing—once completely dry, line brush in sections until the coat is tangle-free. Check for inconsistencies in coat density by running your hands over the coat and continue brushing those areas if needed.

Finally, use a firm slicker brush throughout the coat; little to no hair should come out. Pay special attention to areas prone to tangling, such as behind the ears, the thighs, the tail, and around the ruff. Spending extra time on these areas ensures thorough grooming and shows your care for your pet’s comfort.

  • Place towels around your Pom. Blot dry rather than vigorously rubbing.
  • The coat should then be blown dry.
  • Use a dryer that’s forced air, no heat. This will blow quickly and help dry your dog quicker without the risk of burning the skin.
  • Please be mindful that hair dryers for humans will be too hot for your Pom.
  • If you must use a human hair dryer, set it to a cool setting, and don’t get too close to your Pomeranian.
  • Blow him with the dryer while simultaneously brushing with your pinbrush.
  • Stand dryers are very useful and necessary for anyone doing a lot of dog grooming.

Careless owners have been known to place their wet dogs in a crate and then use the dryer on them. Never do it! Numerous dogs have died due to negligence on the part of their owner. The dog can’t get away from the heat within the crate. It’s so dangerous.

How to Make Your Pomeranian Fluffy?

  • Easily achieved by brushing a Pomeranian while also using a dryer.
  • The best results are obtained from working on one small section at a time.
  • Start by drying the underneath, then move to the ears, top, and front of the Pom’s ruff.
  • The dog’s tail area is next, finishing on the side and back areas.
  • Brush a Pomeranian while you dry with a dog dryer.
  • Brush while blowing the water out of the hair upward for a full-coated look for your Pom.
How Often Should I Bathe My Pomeranian Dog?
How Often Should I Bathe My Pomeranian Dog?


In conclusion, understanding how often to bathe your Pomeranian is key to maintaining overall health and appearance. Regular grooming and bathing are essential, as they prevent matting and tangling, keeping their fluffy coat in optimal condition.

Depending on your Pomeranian’s coat type and lifestyle, a bath every few weeks is generally a good idea. This routine helps maintain healthy skin and coat and prevent potential skin conditions.

If you are unsure about the best bathing schedule for your Pomeranian, consulting with a professional groomer can provide personalized advice. Following a regular grooming and bathing routine ensures your Pomeranian stays clean, healthy, and looks its best.

Copyright Pomeranians Australia.

References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo: The Pomeranian Handbook.
[2] Pomeranian Headquarters.
[3] Reputable Pomeranian Breeders Australia.
[4] Dochlaggie Pomeranian Australia.

The Pomeranian Handbook

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    Denise Leo ~Dochlaggie Pomeranians ~ Australia ~ Breeder of Best in Show winning Pomeranians. Celebrating nearly 50 years as a Pomeranian Exhibitor/Breeder. Becoming a member of Dogs Victoria (then known as the Kennel Control Council) in February, 1975. During this time, close to 100 of our Pomeranians have been titled in many parts of the World. I’m a Breeder/Exhibitor of many All Breeds and Specialty “Best in Show” winners. I breed high quality Pomeranians in most colours... white, wolf sable, cream sable, orange, orange sable, chocolate, beaver, parti colours, black & tan and black.

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