How to Cut the Teddy Bear Style on a Pomeranian

By Heather Vale

Pomeranians have a thick and fluffy double coat that needs to be brushed twice a week to maintain a healthy look, according to the American Kennel Club. In addition, if you want to show your Pom, the outercoat can be clipped a bit to create a neat, clean outline but extensive cutting is not allowed on show dogs.

However, many people who don't competitively show their dogs prefer the teddy bear cut made popular by social media darling Boo, dubbed "the world's cutest dog" by owner and author J.H. Lee. But even Boo only got this haircut because his fur became so matted that his groomer said shaving was the only option. This is a difficult cut to do properly and should be left to a professional.

The Look

The Pomeranian with a teddy bear cut looks quite different than a Pom with a more natural hairstyle. The teddy bear style takes away the Pom's signature long outercoat and shaves into the softer, more dense undercoat, removing up to 50 percent of this plush-looking fur. The end result is a fluffy dog with short hair and a round head who looks a little like a cuddly teddy bear.

The Cut

The teddy bear cut begins with the long outercoat being thoroughly washed, brushed and then cut off. Electric clippers with a snap-on comb guard keeps the fur a uniform length. Then the undercoat is trimmed, either with scissors or a clipper. Your groomer will remove only a little bit of fur at a time, with the remainder combed often to check for evenness and overall effect.

The groomer then shaves the hair around the anus and clips the long ear hairs off. Any ridges around the face are also smoothed away with careful snips of the scissor.

The Problem

The Pom's ancestors include Nordic sled dogs. His double coat protects him from the elements. It also provides protective padding on his elbows. Unfortunately, when you cut into the Pomeranian's undercoat, you can permanently damage the fur's texture and it may never grow back to the same length. As a result, the teddy bear cut is a lifelong commitment and should not be attempted on a dog who goes outside in harsh weather.