What are the puppy uglies?
It’s the transition that Pomeranian puppies go through when the puppy coat falls out to make way for the adult coat. This usually 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. A Pomeranian puppies coat will changeover from a one-layer coat of short soft hairs to a two-layer double coat with a short dense undercoat and a top coat of longer guard hairs. The puppy coat is a one-layer coat of very soft fine hairs. It is comprised of super-supple short hairs that feel like feathers. Due to this type of puppy fur, and the overall plump shape of young puppies, Poms with their puppy coats will look soft and round. The adult coat is very different yet is strikingly beautiful in its own way. Adult Pomeranians have a double coat of fur; there is a dense, tightly-packed inner layer (undercoat) and a outer layer of guard hairs that stand out.
During the phase of transition from that puppy coat to the adult coat, there is often a heavy and sometimes drastic shed. All of the soft puppy hair will fall out. All of the adult hairs will grow in. It’s a matter of how slow or fast this happens. When the puppy coat falls out quickly, before the adult hairs grow in, it can leave a Pomeranian looking quite odd, and that is why it is called the puppy uglies.
Here are some of our dogs going through their puppy uglies…