Can I Avoid This Stage?
You may, if your Pomeranian is in the 20th percentile of Poms that do not appear to go through this stage due to it being less severe over a longer period of time. Do take note that if your Pom does not appear to go through this, it will be a more gradual change-over. That baby fur
still must come out somehow; so instead of it happening drastically over the course of several months, it will happen less noticeably over the course of 5 or even perhaps 7 months. The other 80% of healthy Pomeranian dogs will go through this stage. We do mention 'healthy' since there are health issues
that can affect coat growth. For Poms without health issues this process of shedding the puppy coat to have the adult coat grow in is an elemental part of a maturing Pom.
When & Where Does this Occur?
It happens during the puppy stage, hence the name. It will begin some time around 4 to 6 months. You will notice your Pom coming out of this around the 10 month mark. After that, the coat will continue to fill in up until 12 to 15 months old.
The fur loss may be only on the legs, causing the dog to look a bit like a Poodle shaving gone awry. The Pom may lose fur just around the eyes, causing the dog to look like it got a bit too close to a flame that sizzled off their "eyebrows". It may fall off in clumps or it may be a full body thinning.
It is suggested to take this phase for what it is and have a bit of humor. Your Pom is not really ugly, he or she is an adorable little creature that is going through a very large change.
Caring for a Pom with the Puppy Uglies
Your Pom only needs your love and also a bit of care concerning grooming.
1) Since the coat will thinning so much, it will be more important now than ever to use quality products to keep both skin and coat moisturized and healthy.
2) Do not stop giving your dog baths during this time, thinking that this will help slow down the fur loss. It won't stop it and you want this phase to happen and then finish so that your Pom will have his luxurious new coat.
3) Brush more now than ever. Do not worry about pulling out too much dead hair, you want that fur to come out; and it will regardless but removing some yourself helps prevent it from getting matted and tangled. Use an appropriately sized and quality de-shedding tool. Carefully brush all areas of the body, reaching down into the coat. The goal is to pull out all shedded fur to make room for the nice, new coat. Brushing also helps to distribute body oils, remove debris and prevent tangles. You'll want to go gently, since the coat may be thin.
4) If your Pom develops any bald spots (as opposed to just thinning) use a quality canine coat rescue lotion. This will help regrow the coat. Also, with any bald spots, use some sunscreen if you will be taking your Pomeranian outside it he the summer since bald spots can easily burn.
5) Don't allow a puppy with the 'uglies' to lie down on the bare floor or carpeting since this can be abrasive to the skin and fur. Encourage your Pom to lie on his doggie bed or place soft baby blankets on the floor in his favorite spots.
6) Poms with such thin coats will get chilled much more easily. Slip a warm shirt or a cozy sweater or hoodie on your puppy unless the temperature is very warm.