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Our puppies are almost the same age. My Oscar will be 6 months on the 19th of April. I feel your pain. Oscar has now lost all his puppy teeth except the 2 top canines. His adult canines are growing in right next to the puppy ones, but the puppy teeth are not even loose yet, so I think we'll end up having to have them removed when he gets neutered next month (or earlier if it causes him issues). During the height of the teeth loss, Oscar was definitely a bit moody, and less playful, but he's pretty much back to normal now. The good news is it only lasts a couple weeks.
That being said, however, I definitely notice other changes in Oscar's behavior that I attribute more to the beginning of adolescence. He is more easily distracted by other dogs / people, is more vocal about wanting attention (which we're nipping in the bud) and he is seeking out more alone time which he almost never did before. Up until a few weeks ago, he was the epitome of a Velcro dog. Now, he's starting to express a bit of independence. It's all good. I know he still loves me, and he always comes back to cuddle with me on the couch when he tires out. If he's just eaten though or is looking to play, and I don't have the time, he'll just go off on his own to entertain himself. This has caused other problems, and caused my vigilance to go back on high alert just as I was starting to get comfortable now that he's >95% reliable for potty training.
Hang in there. Everything I've read indicates this is pretty typical for the breed, and usually by 1-2 years, they revert to the typical lap-dog type behavior, but still with that hint of mischief that keeps things fun.