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Grow coat for winter or puppy cut?

Hi,
I can't decide if I should grow my boys coats out a bit, for the harsh winter months. I keep Bella cut down all year, because I keep a sweater on when it's cold. Freddie does not like sweaters and Scudder matts. I'm thinking I should let their coats grow, just for insulation. I keep the house pretty cool when I'm working, 62 degrees.
For the member who's dogs are in puppy cuts, what will you do to keep you fur babies warm? Also, anyone one else with advice, I would love to hear it!

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I keep Bella in short cut because she hates being brushed. When it's cold she goes out in her fleece (the fido fleece works well). The snow does a number on her - all those snow/ice balls that attach to her hair! Because of the snow balls I tend to keep her tummy hair short. This way she doesn't get snow balls or mats from different jackets.

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Hi Linda,
I was asking myself the same question. I've let Rocky grow out pretty fluffy, but with all the rain we have, and that fact he likes playing in it, he's a mop when he comes inside. LOL His coat is so dense, that it takes forever to dry him off. I'm cutting him back down and looking for an easy on, easy off rain coat.

Rudy HATES grooming, so I keep him short so he doesn't need daily brushing.

Do they have their crates close by during the day? Snuggling up inside would keep them warm.


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I keep both of my in full coats for all seasons and I think the winter has its challenges...if you like to take them outside alot. If Casper gets wet he has to be brushed and dried or he mats alot. So sometimes they don't go for a walk if the weather is rainy, because i don't want any extra grooming.
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I spent 30 minutes grooming Rosie to take her to work yesterday morning. She was so pretty, hair bows, etc. Put her down to potty and she decided to run-like-hell and then the dreaded catch-me-if-you-can. By the time I finally caught her, the bows were gone,she was muddy and wet from the dew and grass stained. I took her to work looking like that and said this is my child what can I say. I may have to invest in some kind of rain coat but I truely think my child would just manage to still get wet and muddy. I hadn't thought about getting any kind of sweater for her as it isn't that cold in Tennessee and I never put one on my schnauzers. Do they really need one for the cold?
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I spent 30 minutes grooming Rosie to take her to work yesterday morning. She was so pretty, hair bows, etc. Put her down to potty and she decided to run-like-hell and then the dreaded catch-me-if-you-can. By the time I finally caught her, the bows were gone,she was muddy and wet from the dew and grass stained. I took her to work looking like that and said this is my child what can I say. I may have to invest in some kind of rain coat but I truely think my child would just manage to still get wet and muddy. I hadn't thought about getting any kind of sweater for her as it isn't that cold in Tennessee and I never put one on my schnauzers. Do they really need one for the cold?
All my guys have coats. Scudder and bella get cold faster than Fred. Bella and Scudder will actually shake when they are cold. Lina's has written a lot about our havanese having hair instead of fur, so they do get cold.

I think I'll at least let Fred grow longer for Winter, since he resists clothing. I will try to let Scudder grow longer, but the day he shivers, I will cut him down and stick him in a sweater!





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Well.......I am going to attempt to grow out Dexter's coat this Winter.....and, by January I will make another decision.

Right now, Dexter hair is about 1 1/2 inches long, I found 3 inches manageable, but Dexter did collect lots of leaves/twigs/seeds and what not in the Spring. With........brushing 2-3 times a day briefly and a good brush out before bedtime.

So......let's see what my decision will be in January, then I will go for February, then March.....



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Last winter I tried to let Hobbes grow out but the snow made him a mess of tangled curls and it was back to the groomer for a puppy cut.



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I have been wondering the same quesiton but for different reasons. My boys are just beginning to look like Neezers. They do not mind the cold (like they do the heat) ...but what better time to see if I can handle it longer. But then again, all that sand and snow and salt and mud....




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I have been wondering the same quesiton but for different reasons. My boys are just beginning to look like Neezers. They do not mind the cold (like they do the heat) ...but what better time to see if I can handle it longer. But then again, all that sand and snow and salt and mud....
It's so funny! I do this every year. I am also curious to see how they would look long! I'm gonna give it a go with the boys. I'll probably end up cutting them in a month or so





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