The “Puppy Uglies” Stage

What the Puppy Uglies Are

Most adolescent Pomeranian puppies will go through a phase commonly known as the “Puppy Uglies.” Although the terminology is rather odd, it doesn’t actually mean your puppy will be ugly. Instead, the Pomeranian puppy uglies actually refers to the time between Pom puppy-hood and adulthood. The puppy uglies usually start at age 3 or 4 months, and will completely diminish by age 8 to 14 months. Throughout this development phase your puppy’ coat will start to thin out and look a bit scruffy. Coupled with your pup’s growth spurt, this stage will cause him or her to look gangly and scraggly. Don’t worry, though! After roughly 6-8 months the developmental stage begins to end and your Pomeranian’s coat, face and musculature will start to enter the adult stage. When all is said and done, your “ugly” little Pom will be completely transform with a lovely new coat.

Can This Be Avoided?

This happens to all Pomeranians.

Pomeranian is one of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world which is why the puppy uglies are sometimes known as a “necessary evil.” While some owners hope they can escape the phase with a stroke of good luck and others mistakenly take the symptoms for serious health issues, it’s actually what makes them look like the cute ball of fluff that he or she was meant to be. The inner-coat will begin to grow first and then the coarse guard hairs follow afterwards as the Pomeranian matures at 8 to 12 months. After roughly a year you should begin to have a good understanding of what your Pom pup is going to look like as an adult.

Keep in mind that the entire process may repeat between the age of 12 to 16 months. This is because Poms don’t receive their full adult coat until they reach the age of about 2 years. During this time you should administer regular brushings to ensure that your Pom’s thick coat remains free of mats, tangles and knots.



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