Don't worry....I have a 5 month old Pom boy right now. When I first got him he was all poofy and fluffy, and now he is losing his puppy coat and gaining his 'adult' coat, so it is thinner and a little less puffy. He has the 'fox' face too! (Don't you just love it?!?)
You might want to get a a brush and a comb (not fine toothed though - and undercoat comb I think is what it is called at the store) and conditioning spray - (I use "Vet's Choice" or something like that).
I spray him with the conditioning spray every morning and brush him. that helps with the shedding of the old coat and keeps it from getting matted with the new coat.
At first it was difficult, but over time he got used to it. I brush him on a table, and I started out by giving him treats every time he didn't squirm or whine or bite at the brush for more than 15 seconds...worked up to 30 seconds...etc... until he sat through the whole brushing calmly. Now I just give him a C.E.T. petite chew for his teeth after I brush him as his reward. (He LOVES those things).
If you make it a routine, she should get used to it. I try to brush the same time every day...after he has breakfast and goes outside. (Mostly because if I took him outside afterward he would try to find dirt to roll in - hahah!)
I gave her a bath a couple of nights ago and she LOVES being brushed. I think she really knows how pretty she is. I use Biogroom products - love the smell and the shine for the coats. She really is a little diva (can you tell I am smitten??). I always thought Poms were very cute but never planned on having one. Funny how things happen sometimes.
Have you posted pictures of your little one yet? I just made her page on Dogster.
Oh she is just precious! I bet she'd get along great with my "Jack."
I'm impressed she likes getting brushed right away. It took Jack a long time to get used to it. Although now he loves it because he knows he gets a chewie afterwards - hahaha.
I don't have any pics of him online yet because I've just recently learned about this "Dogster" thing. I will look into it and get lots of pics to show soon. I have some great ones of him with a superman cape for Halloween.
Crazy how obsessed we can get over these little 6 lb. cuties huh?!?!
Well, she is a doll, that is for certain! She has a very sweet face and it doesn't appear that she has much for tearing(that is a good thing) (oh god, I sound like martha stewart!) Anyway, you have already gotten good advice. One of the things that are VERY important with poms and really all small dogs, or any dog for that matter, is to get them used to their teeth being brushed. I have someone knocking at my door....I will write more later....
Thanks! should the tail already be curled up or does that come later too? she was so scared when I first got her that her tail stayed between her legs for the first 24 hours. Now she has it raised up but it doesn't really curl up over her back. It almost looks like it would be curlier if she had more fur!
Your baby is beautiful. Is he the "flat coat" type? Do you think Megan is a "flat coat" maybe?
Thanks - I feel totally uneducated in the field of poms but I am having fun learning.
That is Kenai, I no longer own him. But yes he was a "flat coat". It didn't mean he did not have any under coat, just less. It is hard telling about your pup as she had a sweater on, also some poms do lose ALOT of their fur and look pretty scroungy(not saying she looks that way) but then they end up with a GEORGOUS coat! It all depends on what her parents looked like and what she has in her history. Her tail should go up on her back when she is happy. Alot of mine would put their tail down if they got scared or if they were tired. As she gets older, she WILL get fluffier. It is all just a matter of how fluffy she will get. Alot of dogs do not get their full complete coats until around 2 years old.
thank you all for your help!! Katz, Although I was told that both parents are poms and the siblings to Megan had full coats - I didn't see any of them so I have no clue. I think she is supposed to be CKC registered but I didn't ask for papers since I don't really need them (no breeding here!). She was only given to me because the breeder thought she was too ugly to sell.
Her vet appointment is set for Monday. I'll probably set the spay appointment for some time next month.
Desert rose, She is gorgeous I must say. I have three mixed myself and I am wondering if your little gal is already potty trained or not. Mine are almost two and a half months now and they are still being paper trained in the kitchen. Your gal looks to have freedom from what I can see in the pictures.
SweetGMichelle She is doing very well with puppy pads. We have had a couple of accidents but we are working on it. She is crated at night and I let her out immediately in the morning. Once she comes in, she is free to roam. I have a puppy pad by the door and she usually heads for it when she has to go again. She is pretty easy to read - when she starts getting anxious - she needs to go!