The first thing I want to make clear is that Pomeranians do NOT smell. There are some grooming, health, or environmental issues that make Pomeranins smell bad.
Why Do Pomeranians Sometimes Smell?
Pomeranians, those delightful balls of fluff and joys and cuteness, are not naturally smelly. There are some specific characteristics and considerations when it comes to odors.
The First Reason For Pemeraninas Small
Pomeranians boast a double coat, a plush and dense underlayer beneath a longer, coarser outer coat. Though it looks great when it comes to smell dirt, debris, and oils make Pomeranians smelly.
So, I just want to make you understand first that Pomeranians are not smelly; nor their fur or double coat is naturally smelly.
Once you understand this point, I want to move forward with what makes Pomeranian smelly.
1. Grooming Lapses Can Make Pomeranians Smelly
Maintaining a fresh-smelling Pomeranian requires dedication to grooming habits:
All Pomeranians need bathing. Always use a delicate shampoo for bathing as some shampoo can lead to more chemical buildup on the fur leaving pomeranians smell bad.
A delicate balance is crucial—too much bathing strips natural oils, causing skin irritation and potential odors. Aim for a bath every 4-6 weeks.
I have seen some Pomeranians who were optimally groomed but they smelt bad.
A harsh chemical-based shampoo.
When I say brushing it means mild brushing with specialized fur brushes.
Pomeranians will start smelling if you do not brush them regularly or brush with a harsh brush. Some people use a wood tooth comb for brushing Pomeranian’s hair.
Daily brushing helps prevent tangles, removes loose fur, and distributes natural oils, preventing musty odors caused by dirt trapped in the coat. It will also help Pomeranians stop shedding if there is.
c. Ears and Eyes
It’s more about ears. I remember once a Pomeranian owner came to me and he was concerned about the smell even if the fur was smelling good. (I think he used some fragrant shampoo).
So, he was complaining that even after a detailed grooming, Pomeranian was still smelling bad.
I along with my team of vets checked and found that the smell was coming from the ear.
Regular checks and cleaning are essential to prevent infections that contribute to unpleasant smells.
d. Teeth and Mouth
Dental hygiene plays a pivotal role. Tooth become smelly just like us humans – germ and food build-up makes Pomeranians’ teeth smelly.
Then it feels like all the Pomeranians are naturally smelly which is not true.
Regular cleaning of Pomeranians’ teeth is essential to avoid Pomeranian’s bad breath and breathing smell.
2. Environmental Influences
Beyond grooming, environmental factors contribute:
A balanced diet directly impacts body odor. High-quality food reduces potential skin issues and associated odors.
Once, my Pomeranian wanted to eat too much of chicken products and after a couple of days, he was smelling like ahh.
I was not aware of the fact that my dog sitter fed him chicken more than his body weight.
Then I realized that the Pomeranian is smelly due to eating more food with meat and chicken content.
So, food rich in animal content will lead Pomeranians to become smelly.
Promptly attending to accidents during house training is crucial to prevent lingering smells.
3. Red Flags: Health Concerns
Here it becomes serious!
Sometimes, odors signal underlying health issues:
a. Skin Infections
Yeast or bacterial infections can cause a foul odor. If persistent smells persist despite good grooming, a vet consultation is essential.
Poms are not hypallergic so they may catch some allergy and start scratching.
b. Anal Glands
Issues with anal glands can lead to discomfort and odors. Your vet can help address these concerns.
4. Unveiling Further Pomeranian Odor Secrets
a. Anal Gland Woes
Anal gland leakage or rupture can create pungent odors, requiring vet examination and potential antibiotic use.
b. Fecal Matter and Urine Odors
Hygiene plays a role—feces and urine on the coat can lead to unpleasant smells. Trim long hairs around the anus as even if you have the best Pomeranians, they will have some leftovers ( I think it is an appropriate word) on the fur.
Some diets make Pomeranians’ urine or feces smell bad. As I told you earlier in this article more animal diets may lead to more smelly Pomeranians.
Adjust the diet if necessary.
c. Combatting Wet Coat Odors
Did you see some Pomeranians wearing raincoats?
Well, they are to avoid them being wet and smelly in turn!
Moisture can trigger odors from microorganisms on the skin.
By the way, I had a Pomeranian who always refused to wear a coat so I had to keep him indoors most of the time as I live in an area of more rain.
d. Yeast Infections
Address symptoms promptly, using specific shampoos and seeking vet advice if issues persist.
e. Bathing Techniques
I have mentioned it earlier, but it fits here too so I am adding it here also just to keep things simple!
Too much bathing will cause health issues and more smell in Pomeranians.
Regular baths every three weeks help prevent oil buildup and resultant smells.
f. Halitosis and Flatulence
Dental hygiene and dietary adjustments help manage bad breath and excessive gas.
After all this, there is a pitfall.
You may confuse the normal Pomeranian smell with some bad Pomeranian smell.
I have added the following section to make sure how can you tell if your Pomeranian really Smells.
Normal Pomeranians Smell:
- Musky or Earthy Odor: Dogs have their natural scent, which can be described as musky or earthy. You will not feel or cannot say it is a “smell”.
- Slight Doggy Smell: A faint scent that indicates a dog’s presence. It’s often more noticeable in certain areas, like their bedding or af after they’ve been outside.
Problematic Pomeranians Smell:
Foul or Strong Odors: Indicates health issues or external factors.
Sour or Musty Smells: Indicates skin infections, trapped moisture, or hygiene issues.
Rancid or Rotting Odors: Indicate severe infections, anal gland issue (make sure none of these 3 smells is due to external contemplation).
What To Do If Your Pomeranian Smells:
- Assess the Source
- Grooming Routine
- Consult the Vet
- Environment Inspection
- Dietary Considerations
- Prompt Cleanup
- Regular Health Check-ups
I wrote a complete article about 19 Tips To Keep Your Pomeranian SMELLING GOOD. Take a look 🙂
Understanding the Pomeranian’s Scent Journey
This comprehensive guide explores various reasons behind a Pomeranian’s smell and offers practical advice for prevention and remedies.
In essence, maintaining a fresh-smelling Pomeranian involves a blend of grooming, health checks, and understanding your furry friend’s unique needs.