The Teacup Pomeranian is a miniaturized version of the standard Pomeranian, making it an even cuter, more handheld companion.
This teensy-tiny dog is so sweet that all it can take is one look to fall in love.
But do they shed much?
Like the full-sized Pomeranian, Teacup Pomeranians are low shedders, but they’re even less likely to drop hair around your home, given their small size.
Grooming a Teacup Pomeranian, however, can be tricky due to the dog’s double coat and small size. So there is somewhat of a tradeoff here.
If you have yet more questions about Teacup Pomeranian regarding its shedding or grooming traits, read on. In this post, I’ll show you all you need to know!
Teacup Pomeranian Shedding
There is technically only ONE Pomeranian dog breed recognized in the AKC breed standard, so the Teacup Pomeranian is simply a smaller Pomeranian.
And this tells us that if the Pom sheds, the Teacup Pom won’t shed much either.
The Teacup Pomeranian has a mid-length coat consisting of long guard hairs. Underneath that main layer of fur is a secondary layer that provides insulation to the dog.
In other words, they are double-coated.
Like most double-coated breeds, the Teacup Pom may shed a bit more ahead of the summer and the winter as the dog lessens its coat bulk and then bulks it back up. But for the most part, the Teacup Pomeranian sheds a relatively low, consistent amount throughout the year.
What determines how much a dog sheds?
The simple answer is that some dog breeds simply shed more than others. But there are a couple of main factors that contribute to how much hair the Teacup drops compared to other dogs.
One is the Teacup Pom’s size, and the other is its coat length.
On the first point, the less surface area a dog has, the less shedding it does since there’s just not as much dog to shed. Pretty simple, right? Kinda. Small dogs still do shed, so it’s not like adopting a small dog means your shedding woes are over. But if you were to compare two dogs that shed the same amount of hair, and one is smaller, it’ll be the smaller dog that drops less hair.
On the second point about coat length, long-haired dogs tend to go through the four canine hair growth cycles more slowly than short-haired dogs, which reduces shedding as well.
How does a Teacup Pom compare to a full-sized Pom? For the most part, they are the same dog, except Teacups are smaller and will therefore shed less.
A full-sized Pomeranian is 11 inches tall and weighs no more than seven pounds. A Teacup Pomeranian, by comparison, is six to 10 inches tall and weighs three pounds max.
This smaller size can also make the Teacup Pom easier to groom since you’re not having to brush as much hair overall. But at the same time, grooming a smaller dog can have its own set of challenges, as I will now explain.
Grooming Your Teacup Pomeranian
Grooming a standard-sized Pomeranian isn’t the easiest or fastest thing due to the dog’s coat. Working with an even smaller dog, such as the Teacup Pom, means using a gentler hand still.
First, there’s brushing the Teacup Pomeranian. I would recommend buying a pin brush or slicker brush made for small breeds like teacup dogs.
When your Teacup Pom isn’t blowing its coat, you can brush the pup every couple of days. Be ready to increase the brushing frequency to daily during any seasonal shedding periods.
Brushing your dog is beneficial from a variety of standpoints:
- First, you’re collecting loose, dead hair before it can fall off your dog, thus reducing the Teacup Pomeranian’s rate of shedding.
- Second, you’re detangling the dog’s fur and preventing knots and mats from bunching up in the coat.
- And third, brushing also distributes skin oils throughout the Teacup Pom’s coat to reduce itchiness. Their coat will have a beautiful shine as well!
Teacup Pomeranians need a bath about monthly using dog-friendly shampoo, too.
The best way to go about this is to bathe your pup in your sink or in a small basin, but it’s probably best to avoid a large tub, given its small size.
Also, to prevent the Teacup Pom’s fur from getting tangled and knotted immediately out of the shower, avoid towel-drying your pup. Ideally, use a specially designed dog hair dryer, or you could let the dog partially air-dry and then blot the fur with a towel.
Another thing to keep in mind regarding bathing is to avoid bathing the Teacup Pomeranian too often. Like any dog that’s over-bathed, they can develop dry, itchy skin that they scratch incessantly. And this, in turn, can make the dog’s shedding ramp up!
Aside from brushing and bathing, the Teacup Pom needs its nails trimmed about every six weeks, and it’s important to keep their ears clean, as the Pom is prone to ear infections.
Are Teacup Pomeranians Hypoallergenic?
One of the things that may have driven you to consider a Teacup Pomeranian (besides how darn cute they are) is that you heard the dog is hypoallergenic.
But is that really the case? Well, before I answer that question, allow me to clear up what hypoallergenic means when it comes to canines.
People often erroneously assume that a hypoallergenic dog causes the complete absence of pet dander symptoms. And while that would be fantastic if true, it isn’t.
A pet dander allergy isn’t an allergy to a dog’s fur, but rather, its dead skin (dander).
Every single dog has skin, so no dog can truly eradicate the presence of allergy symptoms. A hypoallergenic dog only reduces the instances of those symptoms.
Following that definition, does that make the Teacup Pomeranian hypoallergenic?
Not really, no. To qualify as hypoallergenic, a dog must be very low-shedding because dander sticks to dog hair, and when that hair sheds, dander spreads around the home. So a so-called hypoallergenic dog is typically one that is extremely low shedding.
And while Teacup Poms are low shedders, they still do drop enough hair to rule them out of being classed as hypoallergenic, which is also true for the standard-size Pomeranian.
About the Teacup Pomeranian
The Teacup Pomeranian is a designer dog that’s bred solely to be very tiny, cute, and companionable. And all you have to do is watch the following YouTube video I found to see how much the Teacup Pom thrives in all three roles:
Teacup Poms don’t have a hugely different temperament from their full-sized Pom counterparts.
A Teacup Pomeranian is very smart, extroverted, playful, and quite active.
They have a protective streak despite their miniature size, and they are very loyal to their favorite people, such as you and your family.
Would a Teacup Pomeranian do well in an apartment?
Absolutely, I say.
The dog is small enough that even if your apartment is barely the size of a shoebox, you won’t have to worry about your four-legged friend feeling constricted.
Teacup Poms can be rather feisty and playful, so you will have to get yours plenty of daily exercise be that indoors, outdoors, or a combination of the two.
Do you have other dogs in the house, and do you worry about the Teacup Pomeranian acclimating? The Pom is largely agreeable with other dogs, provided they’re properly socialized.
Even still, I would not recommend putting the Teacup Pom in a house with mid-sized and large dogs especially. Instead, small dogs toy breeds are better. The larger the dog, the easier it is for your Teacup Pom to get hurt, even seriously hurt, just from a routine play session.
Poms and cats can be friends (if the animals are socialized) as well, but not always.
If your cat just doesn’t want to befriend your Teacup Pom, or if they view the Pom as their next meal, keep them separated.
How do Teacup Pomeranians interact with children?
The Teacup Pom loves big, and that extends to children as well.
Very young kids who don’t recognize how delicate a small dog is should not be introduced to a Teacup Pom until they’re older.
And around older kids, your teacup-sized dog should be handled more delicately and will be able to thrive and show its affection.
What about barking?
Unfortunately, the full-sized Pom is quite the yappy little canine. And it’s really no different with a Teacup Pomeranian. This dog will bark all the time.
You’ll recall that the Teacup Pom can be quite alert, so sometimes it may bark to let you know something is going on. In other cases, the dog could bark just to bark.
In both cases, behavioral training can reduce instances of barking. So don’t let this put you off, as proper training can make ALL the difference, especially while they’re still a puppy.
Teacup Pomeranians are even smaller than standard-sized Pomeranians, weighing just about three pounds. These dogs are still feisty and spirited, and they have bold, loving personalities as well.
While Teacup Poms shed slightly less than full-sized Pomeranians, they still will drop some hair around the home, and the shedding can increase once or twice a year for several weeks.
Getting this under control is pretty straightforward, though.
For the most part, all that’s required is ensuring your Teacup has a proper diet and that you stick to a proper grooming routine. You can also see our complete shedding guide for more as we break down all you need to know to stop your dog from shedding excessively.
In any case, Teacup Pomeranians are beautiful, playful dogs that make great companions, and if you do notice some hair floating around, it shouldn’t take much to get this under control.