With the record setting temperatures this summer you’re probably thinking of ways to keep your Pom cool. You might think that giving your pom a short haircut or shaving him is one way to cool him off, but you’d be very wrong!

In this article Yogi explains how poms cool themselves and why giving them an extreme hair cut can actually cause them to overheat more easily.

pomeranians staying cool in summer

Poms Don’t Sweat, but Cool in Other Ways

We start with a quick science lesson on how poms cool themselves.

While we sweat to cool our bodies when hot, dogs aren’t evolved to sweat. Instead, they cool themselves through other ways:

  • Conduction–transferring heat by directly touching a cooler object like the floor
  • Convection when they’re hosed down, jump into a pool, or are next to a fan
  • Panting to get rid of heat through evaporation

Summer Haircuts and Shaving are Bad!

You might think that because Pomeranians are descended from arctic dogs (see our article on pomeranian lineage), their thick, fluffy fur coat is a bad thing to wear in the summer. Giving him a pomeranian summer haircut sounds tempting!

But the same ability that enables fur to keep dogs warm in the winter—thermal insulation—also helps keep them cool in the summer. One dog expert interviewed in the Washington Post recommends against shaving your Pom unless there’s a medical reason, since sun that directly reaches the skin will transfer the heat directly to your Pom’s body.

Research on camels support this idea, finding that camels that are shaved do worse than those with fur and require more water to keep cool!

Avoid Exercising in the Heat

Besides not shaving your pom, another thing you should do is to avoid exercising with your pom when it’s hot outside.

The only way for your pom to remove heat while exercising is through panting, but this also causes dehydration. Experts say this is made worse because dogs don’t know when to stop and always want to follow you, so just because you’re a heat marathon demon (not recommended, by the way) doesn’t mean your furry buddy is one too.

How to spot An Overheated Pomeranian

Here are some signs to spot a pom that is overheating:

  • Panting very hard
  • He seems confused and is moving sluggishly
  • Tongue and gums are bright red
  • Weak and uncoordinated
  • Drooling excessively

How Have You Kept Your Pom Cool This Summer

What other ways have you used for keeping your pomeranian cool this summer? We’d love to hear your ideas. Please share them in the comments section!

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3 Responses to Why You Shouldn’t Give Your Pom A Summer Haircut

  1. Wendy says:

    As a former dog groomer, I ONLY comb out my pom. I have a kiddy pool in the yard for my dogs. I also have a Shih Tzu who I DO clip but NO shorter than a # 7 blade.

  2. Robin says:

    It can also give them a sunburn, or too much exposure to the sun’s harmful rays

  3. Anne says:

    My Poms love ice cubes in their water bowl and will pick one out to actually suck on. Their beds are always next to a window for any breeze and most of their exercise time is at twilight. They also go out early in the morning & literally only go out for a ‘Quick one, a Hurry Up’ during the day. The only part of one of my poms I have to shave is his undercarraige because he gets prickly heat and will rub it until it gets sore, so we keep him clean and shaven so we can successfully put on anti-hystermine cream.

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