Puppy Uglys

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What the Puppy Uglies Are:

The puppy uglies refers to the transition that Pomeranian puppies go through when the puppy coat falls out to make way for the adult coat. A Pom's fur 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.

One of the reasons that the puppy uglies is so shocking, and the reason behind the terminology, is that the wonderful and beautiful coat of fur on a Pomeranian puppy falls out. It can be sad to watch it go.

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. If you run your hand over the pup's coat, it will feel like silk. 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. They are just scrumptious.

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, hence the term 'puppy uglies' (please note that we did not invent that phrase, it has been around for many decades).

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