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So, this is admittedly, not Shelby's best side.

I never took photos of Shelby's underbelly when she was a puppy, so I don't have proof, but it sure does seem like she's got less hair there these days. It used to be that it was just her belly and her armpits that didn't have hair. But I notice the patches around the armpits getting larger, and the fur on her rib cage seems thinner too. Steven and I think it's because she drags herself around the floor in a military pug crawl. It's been two years, and I still haven't been able to get that on video.

March 20, 2006 | Permalink


We have a little beagle who also has a bald belly, etc. from crawling military style across the floor. Everybody thinks there's something wrong with him 'cause he's "stomach-bald." It's just him and his funny ways. Shelby is sooooo cute! We enjoy him!

Posted by: Maggie | Mar 20, 2006 7:18:15 AM

Our pugs do that too! We call it their "comando crawl".

Posted by: Rosemary | Mar 20, 2006 8:30:48 AM

Molly likes to be dragged around on her belly with sock in her mouth. She looks like a frog when she does that. So far, she's still has all her hair there.

Winnie: I was wondering if you went ahead to get pet insurance for Shelby? I remembered you were looking into that a while ago.

Posted by: Carole and Molly | Mar 20, 2006 9:21:42 AM

My oldest pug Jasmine has that same problem. Well, to me it's not a problem. It just looks like her fur has gotten more sparse over the years. She doesn't even drag her belly on the floor or anything. I just assumed it came with age, because I knew that pugs get white chins early, so I thought it was along those lines.

Posted by: Jennifer | Mar 20, 2006 2:45:01 PM

Yes, we did get pet insurance for Shelby. We signed up with http://www.petcareinsurance.com

So far, Shelby hasn't gotten sick, but we're glad to have it in case something comes up.

Posted by: Winnie | Mar 20, 2006 8:17:49 PM

Our Rosie has a bald belly as well (and armpits). I thought it was something that would change as she got older (grow in), but alas, she is still bald! She absolutely loves tummy rubs and we have just become used to the soft baby skin belly!

Posted by: Chris | Mar 21, 2006 7:14:29 AM

Meimei's hair is getting thinner in those areas too. At first I was concerned that she had an allergy - but I think it's just age.

She does the military crawl too! It started when we were teaching her "down" and she would stay down and crawl around! Those crazy pugs!

Posted by: Amanda | Mar 21, 2006 8:44:38 AM

Our 1.5 year old boy pug Buster is quite bald on the underside, but our black 9 month old girl pug Bella is QUITE the furry girl. We think Bella is double-coated. But I think it's pretty normal for them to be rather bald on their bellies! And surprisingly Buster (who acts more like a retriever than a pug) does NOT do the military crawl...

Posted by: Hillary | Mar 21, 2006 12:13:47 PM

Look at that puggy tummy!

Posted by: Randon | Mar 22, 2006 4:31:51 AM

Our two and half year old pug Pint is bald under his armits and belly too! The skin turns a dark reddish color every now and then and the vet said that he could be allergic to our detergent or something in the house that irriates the skin...so we have a spray on lotion that seems to do the trick. Early on I had dreams of him growing some hair down there now that the skin seems to be all better...but alas, his baby soft belly remains hairless as ever :)

Posted by: C and S | Mar 28, 2006 11:46:21 AM

Our 2 year old pug (Alexis) seems to be changing color. Her belly is getting darker. Is this normal? At first I thought it was dirt, but she gets a bath every two weeks (she's stinky).

Pugs rule.

Posted by: Scott | May 9, 2006 6:00:25 AM

Shelby will change colors with the seasons. Her undercoat is paler, and it tends to shed it over the summer. So she develops a dark stripe along her back.

Posted by: Winnie | May 9, 2006 7:44:35 AM

My grandpug does the belly crawl when he is bored with his people setting around talking and decides it's time for him to be the star of the show. He loses fur (especially on his doggie balls) when he does this too much!

Posted by: pug grandma | Jul 18, 2006 4:15:45 PM

Our 3 year old pug Pint has the same issue. We use a spray on lotion called Allermyl by Virbac. We've rubbed it on his belly twice a day for the last 3 weeks. We are pleased to say the reddish color has turned to a nice pink and he has started to grow more hair on his belly. The armpits seem to be more stubborn.

Posted by: Carol | Dec 8, 2006 11:50:54 AM

Do your pugs get black pigmentation on the underside (armpits & groin) area? Mine does but wherever the pigmentation occurs, the skin is healthy and not inflamed.

Posted by: Lene | Jul 26, 2007 5:59:36 PM

I don't know about black, but I notice as Shelby suns herself she turns a dark gray instead of warm brown.

Posted by: Winnie | Jul 26, 2007 9:00:15 PM

But that shade of dark grey is not a permanent condition, or is it?...I mean, out of the sun, she's still that fawn pug, rite?

Posted by: Lene | Jul 29, 2007 4:53:25 PM

I don't know if it's permanent. It's just her skin, so she still looks fawn. But since Shelby pretty much suns herself every morning, I'm not sure if her tan will go away. Shelby's dad was a black pug, and I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

Posted by: Winnie | Jul 29, 2007 9:28:46 PM

My two-year old hermaphrodite pug has a two-inch bald stripe right in the middle of his chest. I know it's not from the commando crawl because his anatomy does not allow him to crawl at all. The skin has never looked irritated, but I've started putting moisturizer on it just in case. I'm praying it doesn't get any bigger. My best guess is that it's genetic, and he is ten pounds overweight. Bless the Jews and save Jerusalem!

Posted by: Jeannie Yarger | Apr 7, 2008 8:54:50 AM

Our 4 year old Pug, Brent Black, just started doing this hilarious crawling thing! I was worried that something was wrong with him, but it's nice to know this is common...and hilarious!

Posted by: Nate | Feb 6, 2009 5:28:45 PM

My 4 yrs pug Bella is very itchy under her arms and belly too. I took her to vet and they have me some pills for her to take and it went away for few weeks but now its coming back.Her skin is turning darker and it's very rough and itchy.I also just noticed that she is getting little darker dots all over her back. She eats normally and she is very playful. What can the proble be? Thanks!

Posted by: bella | May 23, 2009 5:42:33 PM

Hi Bella,

It could be yeast infection. A very annoying condition. I am thinking of givibg up my pug as I cannopt cope with it.

Posted by: MyLene | May 24, 2009 9:28:41 PM

My 3 year old pug Tucker has the same problem, his under hair is thinning n armpits are constantly getting infected, he goes on pills gets better than two weeks later it comes back worse, would the lotion spray help this too? Or am I stuck going to the vet every other month ( they smell awful n are always moist like sweat?)!

Posted by: ashley | Jun 1, 2009 8:49:04 PM

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