Pomeranian Clipper Vacuum Trim

Bread & Butter Grooming
Fast & Easy Pet Trims for the Salon

By Kathy Rose

This “all over” trim can be adapted to many breeds but it is particularly cute on those Pomeranians that have the finer, less dense coat. The blade choice will be determined by the conversation that you have with your client.

For this model, a “0” snap on comb was used over a #30 blade. The entire dog is clipped with the “0”, with the exception of the headpiece and tail. Then a bit of blending with a “skim-scrape” technique followed by touch up with thinning shears, polishes the final outcome. A lightly scissored round head and tidied tail complete the style.

Becoming skilled with the use of a clipper vacuum system may take some time as well as some practice, but the smooth results and the time you save are well worth it.  Although the attachments and hose may appear cumbersome, in actuality they add minimal weight and with proper technique you won’t even know they are there. Be sure to complete proper coat preparation and do not attempt to clip with snap-on combs until the coat is matt free and squeaky clean.

Fig 1:

Stand to the rear of the dog. Start clipping on the back of the neck a few inches behind the occiput. Follow the coat growth direction and clip the body.

Fig 2:

Leave a small triangle of coat at the croup (where the tail meets the body). Continue clipping over the rump and down the rear legs.

Fig 3:

Support the hindquarters then clip the undercarriage, clipping against the coat growth direction.

Fig 4:

Move to the front of the dog. Lift the longer facial and upper neck coat out of the way and clip the neck and shoulders all the way down between the front legs.

Fig 5:

Lift the front leg and clip the entire leg. While the leg is lifted, clip the coat between the front legs and the undercarriage again.

Fig 6:

As long as the knees and back are stable, trim the tummy area and genitals while supporting the dog by his front legs. Older dogs or dogs with back, leg or knee issues will require trimming without lifting.

Fig 7:

Comb the coat up from between the toes. Use a very light “skim-scrape” technique with a #10 blade, to trim the excess fur on the paws. Do not shave the foot. Next trim the pads using a #30.

Fig 8:

Use this same “skim-scrape” technique to trim the muzzle against coat growth direction, (base of muzzle to nose). Next, “skim-scrape” the cheeks and under the eyes following coat growth direction, (under eyes and cheeks to ear).

Fig 9:

Use a #10 on the inside of the ears to the tip. Do not shave the backside of the ears.

Fig 10:

Trim the hair around the rectum and blend with thinning shears.

Fig 11:

“Tighten” the coat on the back and inside of the upper thighs with thinning shears or super blenders.

Fig 12:

Use blenders or thinning shears to blend the triangle of coat left at the croup.

Fig 13:

Blend the outside of the thighs.

Fig 14:

Remove the stray hairs from the legs.

Fig 15:

“Tighten up” the underline to form a smooth continuous curve following the natural underline of the dog.

Trim the stray hairs on the feet.

Use thinning shears to trim the ear edges and blend the back of the ear.

On the head, comb the coat down and shape with super blenders. Then comb it up and outward and shape again, contouring the entire headpiece in a round fashion.

Hold the tail out straight and comb the coat down. Tidy with super blenders.

This “same length all over” trim is very low maintenance and easy to execute. Learning some new techniques, such as the “skim-scrape” technique, may help to save time as well as help you to achieve smooth blending on a dense coat. Note that the clipper is actually held upside down. The #10 blade acts as a carding tool as well as a clipping tool. This is how the blending is achieved without actually shaving. This method of skimming is useful on many different trims that require blending. Give it a try when blending out the lines after shaving down a short-coated dog and see smooth results.

Your Bread & Butter clients will praise the results!


  1. mike says:

    If i cut my pomeranians hair shorter will if grow back normal when you want it longer in the cold seasons
    Thank You

    • Jamie mcnally says:

      Absolutely not it’s changes 95% of the pomeranians that I’ve seen

      • Jamie mcnally says:

        I really meant to say absolutely it will change the coat. Is somebody knows how to cut one of those Pomeranian without changing the coat when it grows back please let me know

  2. Heather says:

    I have been breeding/showing/rescuing Poms for 15 years and am a professional groomer. You can cut a coat and it will come back perfectly fine. If it isn’t, there is a 95% chance there is an underlining health problem. There is a chance of clipper alopecia in all double coated dogs but I find that is usually more of a symptom of something else going with their health or cutting mid cycle of hair growth than damage from clippers… Never cut closer than a 5F ( I prefer never to go closer than a #2comb) and try not to cut mid coat cycle. As they are starting to blow for the season is the best time. If you cut as the coat is growing in you may get a coat funk because of the time in the undercoat’s cycle compared to the guard hair cycle.

    • Ellen says:

      Exactly, I couldn’t have put it better. I’ve been clipping mine down with a 5F for 5 years now and her full coat is exactly the same lush as it was in the beginning. But I only clip her down when she is beginning to blow coat

    • Carol says:

      I have a black Pomeranian with a gorgeous blue/gray undercoat. Her hair is very thick and cotton soft to the touch. She has a sweet little fox face. I love the teddy bear cut on her so I leave about 3/4″ on her body. Her hair needs clipping every 4 weeks during the summer but I leave it longer during the winter. It always grows back thick, long, straight and very soft. She is super laid back and tolerates her grooming well. Does the regular clipping keep her hair soft and thick? Most Poms I have seen are orange with stiff fur. I want another Pom to keep her company. Are there different types of Poms fur? Is it because she has black fur? It has grown as long as touching the floor. She is a pure Pom with papers and weighs 6.5 lbs. she just turned 8 years old. I comb out her under coat after her bath before grooming her.

  3. Ola Sterling says:

    After my Pom is clipped; she constantly rubs her anus on the floor or concrete in a frenzy and can’t keep still. This lasts about a week or longer. What could be causing this reaction? The groomers say there is no medication in the water. The only relief she seems to get is getting in her little round bed and staying there. As soon as she leaves the bed she starts again and can’t keep still. She doesn’t want me to hold her or rub her tummy, she runs back to her bed. I hate to see her like this and don’t know what to do.

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