Bella Talks Hairstyles
The question that I am asked most frequently is what breed of dog I am. Most people are surprised to learn that I am a Pomeranian. Poms are supposed to have big poofy coats, but you have noticed that I have my coat trimmed pretty short. Here is a picture of me as a puppy when I was about 4 months old:
I had a nice coat that grew big and poofy. Since my pawrents live in the High Desert region of Southern California, my mom would take me to the groomer and ask for a “Puppy Cut” at the beginning of the summer just before it would get really hot. Here is a picture of me with my Puppy Cut:
My coat always grew back nice and poofy over the winters until I was about five years old, when it began to get thin, first on my sides and then on the backs of my legs, and then my neck. We learned about Alopecia X, the mysterious thing that makes several different dog breeds, including Pomeranians, lose their coats. It is NOT a reason to put a dog down, but a dog with Alopecia X should not be bred. The problem is, you don’t know if a dog has Alopecia X until he is several years old. There is research being done now to try to identify a DNA marker for it, but none has been found yet. Jiggy on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has lost his coat too. Mommy has always liked my short coat anyway and thinks I am much cuter this way, so now she gets me pretty dresses and outfits to wear. Here is a picture of me in one of my prettiest pawty dresses:
A lot of people have suggested many things to help grow my coat back, and Mommy has honestly tried them: Melatonin, thyroid supplements, special shampoos and exfoliants, raw food diet, no poultry products diet, but so far none of that stuff has worked for me. Despite all of that, most would agree that I look fine just the way I am.