What a strange description. Will it mean your puppy will actually turn out ugly? Definitely NOT! He may seem a little scraggly but still cute, in an initial period of time but never ugly. The Pomeranian is among the most beautiful of all dog breeds anywhere on the planet and it’s regarded as a “necessary evil.” It’s simply one step along the path towards your beloved pet’s becoming the amazing fluffy dog that she or he will become in time.
The coats of Pom pups are full, thick double coats that give them the general “fluffy cotton ball” look. The “Puppy Uglies” phase is just a period of growth all Poms go through. It will be more obvious in some than in others. In most Pomeranians, it will be a moderate to severe phase that can worry owners who may not be aware that it’s normal for this breed of puppy to shed so much fur. Within the puppy’s first year of life, the puppy coat is shed and the adult coat replaces it, giving the beloved puppy that lush full coat instead.
Pictured left: A Pomeranian puppy during various stages of the Pomeranian puppy transition. Big Thanks to Elise Shaw for providing photos of the delightful Miss Pixie Shaw.
If a Pomeranian puppy doesn’t go through the “ugly” phase and/or fails to shed the puppy coat, the owner should be worried as this may mean that your beloved pet will face major coat problems in the future. During the “ugly” stage, pom puppies will lose their coats but other changes also happen. The proportions of their bodies alter, making them look like their legs are longer than they should be, their ears grow into super-sized ears and various other alterations may occur, depending on each individual pup. It’s often described as they’re going through the awkward “teenager phase.”
Where And When Does This Happen? The worst time of their “ugly” period is when they’re between 4-10 months old. After 10 months, their coat is full and thick once more as they regain their good looks.
Looking After Your Pom During The “Puppy Uglies.” Regularly brush his coat to get rid of the remnants of the older, dead coat. The faster the dead coat is eliminated, the quicker the new coat can begin to grow strong. Maintain his regular washing schedule but make sure you brush him properly and that ALL of the dead fur has been removed before bathing commences. If this isn’t done right, the coat can become severely matted.
Other Causes Of Fur Loss? Apart from the puppy uglies, your puppy can lose fur as a result of environmental or food allergies, thyroid issues, Alopecia X, mites and numerous other health problems. Most problems can be treated so it’s critical to take your dog to the vet if anything is happening with your dog that seems wrong. However, if puppy is at the age where baby fur will be shed, that’s not a reason to see the vet because he can’t do anything about it and there’s no point anyway as it’s just a part of growing up and gaining that permanent, glorious adult coat of fur.
Photos Right: Australian Supreme Champion Dochlaggie Dragonheart an adult Pomeranian.
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