A Pomeranian puppy is just a puff-ball with a face and tiny feet below. Much of the grooming routine for a white Pom is the same as any other color, but you'll need to devote a little more time and attention to keeping her white coat clean and shining.
Brush your Pomeranian regularly. Your Pom's double coat should stand up, giving her a poofy, dust-bunnylike appearance. Use a pin brush at least three times a week to remove dead and loose hair. Start at the head and brush the hair forward in small sections. Make sure to get down to the skin to remove all of the dead undercoat. Dead hair collects and holds dirt, so brush your Pomeranian regularly to remove the loose, dirty hair and make her coat look it's whitest.
Bathe your Pomeranian as often as you like. Unless you let your Pom romp around in mud puddles on a regular basis, you should only need to wash her once a month or so. Use a whitening shampoo to brighten your white Pom's coat, and finish the bath with a mild conditioner to encourage softness. Dry your Pom with a hair dryer on a low setting and brush her out to prevent new tangles in her clean coat.
Clean your Pomeranian's tear stains daily. The brownish track running down from your Pom's eyes and glaringly contrasting her white coat are a combination of her tears and the natural bacteria on her face. Wipe away these stains with a cotton ball and some warm water. Commercial cleaners are available at your local pet store to remove stubborn tear stains, but be careful not to get any of the product into your dog's eyes as you work. Wipe her eyes daily with a water-moistened cotton ball or washcloth to prevent tear stains from forming.
Brush your Pomeranian's teeth daily. Your little canine cotton ball, like most small breeds, is prone to dental issues. Brush her teeth at least three times a week -- daily is better -- to promote good oral health and give her fresh breath.
Trim your Pomeranian's nails monthly. You'll know your dog's nails are too long when the pup makes little clicking sounds as she walks across the kitchen or when you feel scratches when she happily greets you. Keep her nails short to make her comfortable and prevent damage to your home. Ask a groomer or your vet to show you how to trim the nails to make it a quick and painless job for both you and your dog.
- Keep your Pomeranian's eyes wiped every day to prevent tear stains from forming. If you notice more discharge than normal, visit your vet to rule out an eye infection.
- Use some baby powder between baths to keep your Pomeranian smelling fresh. Sprinkle the powder into her coat and let it sit for a few minutes. Brush her out to remove the powder and freshen her up.
- Ask a groomer to show you how to trim your Pom's coat to keep her looking neat. Specific areas to focus on are the rear, the feet and her face and head.
- Be careful not to get any shampoo or cleaner into your dog's eyes.
- Cutting your dog's nails too short can cause pain and bleeding, which will make her less likely to sit still the next time they need trimmed. Consult your vet or a groomer for instructions on the proper, safe way to trim your Pomeranian's nails.
- Never shave a Pomeranian, as it can take years for the coat to grow back properly. Her double coat helps keep her cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- Pomeranians are moderate shedders; males shedding their entire undercoat once a year. Intact females shed their undercoats more often, such as when they go into heat, after giving birth and in times of stress. Brush your Pom more often during these times to prevent mats.
Jane Williams began her writing career in 2000 as the writer and editor of a nationwide marketing company. Her articles have appeared on various websites. Williams briefly attended college for a degree in administration before embarking on her writing career.