The "puppy uglies" stage happens when a long-haired pup is about 4 months old. The puppy starts to shed its puppy hair to make way for its gorgeous adult coat. The phase ends when the puppy is about 12-14 months old. I've never had a long-haired dog in my life so this is a huge first for me. I was greatly concerned initially, thinking I got a low-quality Chihuahua or Epsilon has contracted some sort of skin disease. Thankfully, this is a phase that all long-haired dogs go through.
So my very cuddly and fuzzy Epsilon that weighed .3 lbs....
And tufts of hair have started to fall out, you'll see some bald spots below:
Notice that the wispy puppy hair is already being replaced by denser, and darker fur. The shedding will continue until the puppy is about 12-14 months old, and I read on some forums that this is the ugliest stage in a dog's life -- some owners are even ashamed of their pets during this time because the pup looks scraggly and well, bald.
Pnut went through a weird stage, too, but since he had a short coat, he didn't have any balding episodes. But he did go through a phase where his head was bigger than his body and the proportions were all wrong...he did turn out beautifully after a few years though, and became so "macho", haha.
My vet also recommended giving Epsilon Love Drops which is a skin and hair vitamin, which I think is totally unnecessary (and expensive at Php 8/day!) because if a dog is supposed to go through this stage, then it's a given that the hair looks dry and frizzy. But anyway, I'm giving it to Epsilon and hope it does make a difference, or at least makes him healthier overall.
So there, I'm excited to see how Epsilon will turn out. Updating you all soon :)