Puppy Uglies? What's that???
So you have purchased a Pomeranian pup, and it is adorable!!!
This cute face, that thick fluffy coat, this absolutely sweet, spunky and affectionate
little fur person! You are enchanted - potty training is moving along fine -
you love that pommie and it loves you right back.
Sometime down the line [your pup is now about 4-8 months old], you suddenly notice
that the fur is getting a bit stringy and whispy, or that your Pom all of the sudden
doesn't look like a Pom any more. Your mother-in-law points out that you have been
had, and that you paid way too much for that dog anyway. Your husband says that's
ok - it's the personality that counts. Your vet - when you bring up the subject on your
spay/neuter pre-visit - suspects that you have bought a low quality Pomeranian or a
Pom mix, and has no problem condemning the breeder for producing such.
You are upset!
Now what? Calm down - and get a camera -
because every once in a while you will see your Pom doing the same thing again, if you haven't
gotten him/her fixed. And it's funny looking back and comparing the photos. Most Pomeranian
pups go through a very thorough case of the puppy uglies. Some people call this stage "blow out" and
still others call it "monkey faced." Regardless of the name, so to see it for the first time sends a bit of
panic into anyone not familiar with this aspect of the Pomeranian breed. The few pups who don't "blow"
their coat, seem to just breeze through (usually during the winter months) replacing
one coat with the other without you even noticing.
Here's what's happening - the baby fluff comes out and they tend to look very straggly
or shaggy at that point, some go very shorthair as to resemble a longhair Chihuahua
instead. That is absolutely normal - do not worry, as it all comes back.
Bigger and better in a good quality Pom, so-so in a lesser quality Pomeranian.
Generally, by the time your pup is 10-12 months old (it varies a bit with the season -
coats thicken faster during the winter months) he or she is in a full coat.
If you don't get your female spayed, expect to see that cycle again and again, especially
after she has a litter of puppies. Altered (fixed) males and females have a somewhat
"mellower" hormone household, that regulates major non-seasonal shedding. If your Pom baby is
meant to be that, your baby, this is the best solution for avoiding this stage on a bi-annual or annual basis.
In closing, when little Sergeant is about one year old, I will add his mature dog photo
so everyone can see that ugly duckling Pom puppy really did grow into a beautiful swan of a stud. Hang
in there all you "puppy ugly" owners. It won't be that way forever; so, have your hair brushes ready.
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