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The uglies, the great shedding of the Pomeranian puppy

Hair everywhere: on the brush, around the house. Your Pomeranian puppy looks like he's had his hair chopped off and you're wondering what happened to that little ball of hair from a few months ago. All his hair is falling out! Will it grow back?

Many first-time owners do not have the first-hand information to know that the transition their puppy is making is completely normal and this generates concern and concern to understand why all his hair is falling out. There are those who even fear the worst and take him to the vet in alarm, believing that there may be some type of problem or illness. And that worry gets worse when they see other puppies or adults with hair and don't understand why their little one is like this.

DouDou with a couple of months

Yeah. This hair loss is totally normal. The Pomeranian could have perfectly inspired the story of the ugly duckling because of the change it makes in its big molt from puppy to adult . Do you know that they can even change the color of their coat from puppy to adult ? They can lighten or darken: such as an orange coat becoming brown, or more red, or some light colors such as creams becoming more orange. The transformation of the Pomeranian in this phase is very intense .

So why is my Pomeranian puppy losing hair? To begin, we must understand a little more about his mantle. Pomeranians are dogs that have a coat made up of two layers of hair: the primary hair, longer and softer, and the undercoat or woolly hair, shorter and thicker. For each primary hair they have two woolly hairs. As puppies , they are born with a single cap of soft, pompous-looking hair. And the process of changing from a single layer to two is what is known as the uglies . Yes, indeed, that big molt that your puppy is going through.

DouDou in full uglies or molt

During this time, Pomeranians shed all their puppy hair and will need up to two years of their life to have their coat at its maximum splendor. It is as you see, a natural process. Even so, not all Pomeranians spend their uglies with the same intensity, for some it is a brief and very light period where this change is almost not noticeable and others, on the other hand, will have a uniform growth in their coat until their adult stage. .

Seeing a Pomeranian in its uglies phase and seeing it later as an adult can be shocking due to the radical change that can often be seen. And although many leaders are afraid that the moment to complete their mantle will never come, they do it.

The best thing you can do with your Pomeranian during this time is to first not get scared or obsessed. Seeing that it is a natural process within the breed, you simply have to be patient and give it the best care. Below we give you a couple of tips to take care of your Pomeranian during its big shedding or uglies phase:

  • You cannot have shiny and healthy hair without good quality nutrition . Make sure you give him a good diet.

  • Check its growth and evolution with your veterinarian, although the great shedding is part of the Pomeranian's growth process, do not hesitate to ask questions if you see something unusual in its coat.

  • Bathe your Pomeranian regularly - a good option is every 3 weeks, but that can depend on other factors - always with appropriate and quality products , which of course you will find here .

  • Brush regularly with metal pin brushes - butter and metallic brushes -, like the ones you will find in our boutique .

  • Always use a conditioner with each brushing.

  • During this time his coat may be very irregular, however, avoid cutting and especially shaving - this should never be done under any circumstances.

  • Dry it well after each bath.

  • Always have a bed or place where you can rest , especially if it is cold or winter.
Adult DouDou

When then should you be worried if you see significant hair loss? Sometimes this puppy shedding can be confused with Black Skin Disease , Post-clipping Alopecia (after having shaved the Pomeranian) or growth problems derived from allergies or thyroid , among others. Although all Pomeranians continue to shed throughout their lives, it is very important to detect when this loss or inability to grow comes from any of the reasons mentioned. It is therefore very important to do a veterinary follow-up to rule them out. If, outside of a seasonal shedding, your Pomeranian begins to lose hair in certain specific areas until a visible layer of skin remains, it is necessary to take him to the vet immediately.

How have you experienced that big shedding of your Pomeranian? Did you have this information beforehand when it happened to you?


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