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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-18-2016, 07:59 PM
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Nino is blowing coat, so that combined with his sickness a few weeks back has left him with even less undercoat than he started with. Our hope with waiting a few months is that he will have time to grow that back (plus more, hopefully), finish blowing coat, fill out as far as weight/muscle go, and mature a bit.

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It sometimes makes good sense to take a dog out of the ring to let him grow up some. I have a friend who has Whippets, and her younger boy just wasn't doing well in the ring. She took him out until he was two, put him back in the ring and finished him in two weekends.

Panda is blowing coat some, but less than I would expect, considering she is 11 months now, and recently went through her first heat. (Well, except for all the matting on her butt under her panties... Not something boys have to worry about! ). SO FAR... (Knock on wood!!!) she is having less matting than either Kodi or Pixel had. Pixel STILL mats more than Panda, and she's 18 months now. (Which is why she's in a puppy cut )


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2 and a half months of limited showing with 2 points to show for it...can't complain there. A dog that knows when fun times are okay in the ring (ie NOT in the down and back) is one that just looks so much nicer, and that comes with age for any dog.

So far (also knocking on wood), the matting hasn't been terrible, but I've been obsessive over brushing. Just passing a hand over him now, I can feel areas where dead coat needs to be removed. My breeder had to poke fun at me: Nino was done for the day and we were watching her in OH group, but I was combing him out like I was prepping for ring. I can't help it; I feel pre-tangles, I must comb.

I'm thinking Mario and Pixel must have a similar coat (though his is probably quite a bit stiffer). Ultra-fine, though. He never went through a decisive blowing coat phase, but he's also been fast to mat since a year old. The good thing is, his mats break apart very easily with a little attention from a slicker (combing is futile, and he hates it).

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2 and a half months of limited showing with 2 points to show for it...can't complain there. A dog that knows when fun times are okay in the ring (ie NOT in the down and back) is one that just looks so much nicer, and that comes with age for any dog.

So far (also knocking on wood), the matting hasn't been terrible, but I've been obsessive over brushing. Just passing a hand over him now, I can feel areas where dead coat needs to be removed. My breeder had to poke fun at me: Nino was done for the day and we were watching her in OH group, but I was combing him out like I was prepping for ring. I can't help it; I feel pre-tangles, I must comb.

I'm thinking Mario and Pixel must have a similar coat (though his is probably quite a bit stiffer). Ultra-fine, though. He never went through a decisive blowing coat phase, but he's also been fast to mat since a year old. The good thing is, his mats break apart very easily with a little attention from a slicker (combing is futile, and he hates it).
Yeah, I don't let mats go on mine either. I learned early on that little knots are easier to remove... Let them lie on them, and they grow into a HUGE mess!!

Pixel's coat his profuse, but very, VERY fine and soft. When it was long, she looked like a black powder puff. It feels FANTASTIC, but between it being SO fine, and her having more undercoat than either of the others, she mats SO easily. In a puppy cut, I can get out all the problematic dead undercoat before it causes a trouble. In a long coat, it was HOURS of careful combing and line brushing... Which neither of us appreciated. Since she's not going to be a ring dog (she has lovely conformation, but worries about dogs coming up behind her) and is Dave's little love more than anything else, a puppy cut was definitely the right answer for her. I can wash and dry her in under a half hour, and a slicker through her coat every 2-3 days keeps her mat-free.
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