POMERANIAN SHEDDING (I) – TYPES OF SHEDDING
Do you want to know when your Pomeranian will become that fluffy ball that you met when it was just a puppy? Do you get the feeling that your Pomeranian loses its fur most of the time? Or do you want to know what care you should provide to your Pomeranian at this stage to make it look as beautiful as possible? Then you’ll be interested in these series of posts that we are going to dedicate to Pomeranian shedding. In the post of this week: Pomeranian’s types of shedding.
We could say that there are the following Pomeranian’s types of shedding:
- From puppy to adult shedding.
- Seasonal annual shedding.
- Female shedding.
- From puppy to adult shedding: since it is born and up to about three years old, our Pomeranian is changing its fur all the time through shedding, going from a soft downy fur in its puppy stage to a denser and thicker fur in its adult stage. Additionally, the color of its fur can drastically change, but we will talk about it later in another post.
The shedding from puppy to adult will be clearer with this little calendar:
|Between its 4 and 6 months old||
Shedding begins and it will last about 5 months in which our Pomeranian won’t offer its best look. It is what some call the “little mouse stage” or “monkey stage”. But just as parents love their teens child when they have spots ;), we are not stop loving our puppy who, remember, it is just going through a normal and healthy stage in its transition from puppy to adult.
|About its 10 months old||Pomeranian will gradually start to be filled with adult fur.|
|Between 12 and 15 months old||Pomeranian should have almost all its adult fur and the typical appearance of a rounded ball.
|3 years old||Shedding from puppy to adult ends.|
- Seasonal annual shedding: it depends on the climate and the environment which you and your Pomeranian live in but, in general, this kind of shedding depends on changes in light, and it happens twice a year:
- When days become shorter, that is to say, in autumn, making that Pomeranians shed in order to have a thicker layer of fur to be protected against the cold of the winter
- When days become longer, that is, in spring, Pomeranians shed to get rid of that thick layer of fur and to feel lighter for the summer.
This kind of shedding will be noticeable for two months in each season – autumn and spring -, so we will have a total of four months a year of shedding.
It is important to remember that Pomeranians are mainly ‘indoor dogs’ and, therefore, they are more exposed to artificial light throughout the year. This can disrupt its natural seasonal shedding, making that in spite of a shedding in autumn and spring, they shed all year long, although in a less abrupt way.
- Female shedding: Both, puppy to adult shedding and seasonal annual shedding, occur in males and females. However, if your Pomeranian is an unspayed female, she will also shed due to hormonal changes:
- During and after heat cycles.
- In the whelping process and after having the puppies.
- In stressful moments.
We hope that with these simple explanations, you will better understand this stage which our beloved Pomeranians pass through, and if you still have any doubts/questions on the subject, don’t hesitate to write to us and we will try to solve it.