Is it possible that a Pomeranian may not always have that glorious fluffy coat that they are known for? It’s true a Pomeranians coat goes through many stages but, when do Pomeranians get a full coat?
A Pomeranian will have its full fluffy coat by the time it’s 15 months old. A lot of changes will happen to your Pomeranians coat within its first year of life. Your Puppy is born with soft fur and turns into a ball of fluff by the time you bring him or her home. Then enter the teenage stage of the “puppy uglies”.
- What Type Of Coat Does A Pomeranian Have
- Are Pomeranian Puppies Born With A Double Coat
- What Is A Pomeranians Puppy Coat Like
- How Does A Pomeranian Get Its Fluffy Fur
- What Is A Pomeranians Adult Coat Like
- Why Would A Pomeranian Have Short Fur
- Does Grooming Your Pomeranian Help Its Coat Come In
- Final Thoughts
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What Type Of Coat Does A Pomeranian Have
Pomeranians have a fluffy double-coat that is made up of an undercoat and an outercoat.
What Is A Pomeranians Undercoat Like
The fur in the undercoat are called “ground hairs”.
The ground hairs are very dense and soft with a downy like texture.
The undercoat helps protect your dogs skin and keeps it warm in cold weather.
When your dog sheds and you notice little dust bunnies all over, that’s generally the undercoat that is being shed in preparation for the new season.
My Norweigan Elkhound had the fluffiest undercoat. When he went through his seasonal shedding cycle he looked like a mess. The soft fur would start to stick out from under the topcoat and fall out in big clumps.
I haven’t noticed as much of a transition with my Pomeranians. They will still shed their undercoats but, in comparison to my Norweigan Elkhound, it is significantly less.
What Is A Pomeranians Outer Coat Like
The guard hairs are thicker and more coarse in texture.
The outer coat helps protect your Pomeranian from the elements including, rain, snow, and the sun’s rays.
What Other Dog Breeds Have Double Coats
There are many breeds of dogs that have fluffy double coats.
You will notice that many of the double-coated dog breeds have origins back to Artic regions where they needed a thick coat for warmth and survival.
- Siberian Husky
- Alaskan Malamute
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Great Pyrenees
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Chow Chow
- Shiba Inu
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- Saint Bernard
Are Pomeranian Puppies Born With A Double Coat
Pomeranian puppies are not born with their signature fluffy double coats of fur.
What Is A Pomeranians Puppy Coat Like
When a Pomeranian is born instead of having a double coat a puppy is born with one layer of very soft fur.
The puppy fur is a very fine texture that almost feels like silk when you pet them.
By the time a Pomeranian puppy is ready to go to their forever homes, they are adorable little round balls of fluff.
How Does A Pomeranian Get Its Fluffy Fur
A Pomeranian puppy goes through a fur transition that is lovingly referred to as “The Puppy Uglies” or “The Ugly Puppy Stage”
It sounds like a pretty harsh term for your sweet puppy to go through, if you are caught off guard and aren’t expecting the transition from a puppy coat to an adult coat you can be quite shocked and concerned about your little pup.
During the “Puppy Uglies,” your Pomeranian will lose its soft puppy fur and its adult coat grows in. The reason this can be so “ugly” is the inconsistent rates of puppy fur loss to adult fur growth. Your puppy can look pretty awkward during this time.
The transition of puppy fur to adult fur usually starts around 4 to 6 months. By the time your Pomeranian is 12 to 15 months, they should be through the transition.
What Is A Pomeranians Adult Coat Like
A Pomeranians adult coat has a full double coat of fur with a distinct “mane” of fur around their neck and chest. An adult Pomeranian will also have a curly tail with a fluff of fur that lands on the top of their back.
What Are Common Problems With Pomeranian Fur
There are some common and not-so-common issues that you can encounter with your Pomeranians fur.
Matting Or Knots
Any dog that has longer fur is prone to mats or knots in its fur.
The most common locations for these mats are behind the ears, chest, neck, and behind their legs.
There are some things you can do to help prevent your Pomeranian from getting matted.
- Brush your Pomeranian often (daily if you wish but, once a week is great).
- Use the correct tools for grooming. Wire pin brush, stiff bristle brush, slicker brush, and a metal comb.
- Remove any mats before they get too big or too close to the skin.
If your dogs mats and knots are too much for you to handle you can enlist the services of a Professional Dog Groomer.
Alopecia Or Black Skin Disease
Pomeranians are prone to Alopecia which is also referred to as Black Skin Disease.
Alopecia causes a Pomeranian to lose it’s fur.
The hair loss is often gradual and can leave bare patches of skin over time.
The reason this condition is also referred to as “black skin disease” is sometimes the dogs skin will turn black in color.
It is suspected that Aleopecia or Black Skin Disease is inherited through the dog’s genetics. At this time there isn’t a cure for Alopecia but, there are many tests and treatments that can be tried including diet changes and supplementation.
Why Would A Pomeranian Have Short Fur
There are a few different reasons why a Pomeranian could have short hair.
- Your puppy may be going through its puppy to adult fur transition (puppy uglies)
- Some dogs have thicker undercoats than others, which makes them appear more fluffy
- A Pomeranian may have had its fur-trimmed, clipped, or shaved.
It’s never a good idea to trim or shave the undercoat of a dog with a double coat. Cutting the undercoat can damage the dog’s fur forever and potentially stunt the fur’s growth so it may never grow back.
Does Grooming Your Pomeranian Help Its Coat Come In
Grooming your Pomeranian won’t necessarily make its coat grow any faster but, it will improve your dog’s appearance during this time.
During any coat changes whether it’s the puppy uglies or seasonal shedding it’s best to be diligent about brushing your dog. Making sure your dog is brushed often will reduce the amount of dog fur that’s left around your home and on your clothing.
Pomeranians are beautiful with their fluffy coats of fur!
You may have an eight-week-old puppy, a teenager going through the puppy uglies, or an adult in all his or her glory. Whatever stage you are in must be embraced for what it is.
I consider myself very lucky to share my life with a couple of fluffy Pomeranians.