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Blowing coat adolescence?

I keep reading references to "blowing coat" issues with Havanese at a certain young age. Maisy is about to hit 8 months in a few days and her coat has gone through a little bit of an awkward phase lately, but I have no idea if this is blowing coat.

So, what should I expect for this blowing coat phase? And at what age does this usually occur? Many thanks for any insight.

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I keep reading references to "blowing coat" issues with Havanese at a certain young age. Maisy is about to hit 8 months in a few days and her coat has gone through a little bit of an awkward phase lately, but I have no idea if this is blowing coat.

So, what should I expect for this blowing coat phase? And at what age does this usually occur? Many thanks for any insight.
Not EVERY Havanese has a bad time with blowing coat, so there is always the possibility that you'll get lucky. But sometime between 8-14 months, most Havanese go though some amount of it. It happens when the soft puppy coat starts to be replaced by the adult coat. As the puppy coat sheds out, it wraps around the new adult hair coming in, and causes matting. If the dog is in a puppy cut, some people don't even notice anything.

Kodi matted quite a bit when he was blowing coat, but not NEARLY as badly as some we hear about on the forum. Pixel is almost a year, and knock on wood, she's had some little mats here and there, but MUCH less than Kodi got!


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Sophie just went through that also she got huge mats morning and night even though I would cut them out twice a day. She is still a big chopped mess that is slowly growing out But the matting is tons better.
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Rudy has been getting a lot more mats lately, especially on his chest. He doesn't mind being combed except for his chest area. He will be 9 months next week.

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Molly was about 10 months old when she started. I noticed more hair than usual in my comb and brush after I groomed her. Then the matting started. For a period of several months it seemed like every time I turned around she had another mat. A puppy cut and frequent combing got me through it.



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Lola turned ten-months-old yesterday, and if she's starting blowing her coat, I haven't noticed. She's only had two mats to speak of, and one was caused by scratching, and one was in her armpit, an area that just tends to get them if you're not on top of it. I'm also waiting for her to go into heat. She's not grown at all, including weight (13.2), in three months so I'm rather surprised, since she seemed to have matured quickly. Maybe i'm just very unobservant....dunno...or maybe she's saving it all up to hit me at one time
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Lola turned ten-months-old yesterday, and if she's starting blowing her coat, I haven't noticed. She's only had two mats to speak of, and one was caused by scratching, and one was in her armpit, an area that just tends to get them if you're not on top of it. I'm also waiting for her to go into heat. She's not grown at all, including weight (13.2), in three months so I'm rather surprised, since she seemed to have matured quickly. Maybe i'm just very unobservant....dunno...or maybe she's saving it all up to hit me at one time
Believe me, if your puppy is one of those who has a bad time with blowing coat (which is more of the, than not ) you don't have to be "observant". You can't possibly miss it!


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Has Pixel started blowing coat or gone into heat yet?

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Has Pixel started blowing coat or gone into heat yet?
Yes, she's blowing coat, but so far, it's mild. As long as I comb her out daily, and bathe her weekly, we're keeping ahead of it. We haven't had any mats we've needed to cut yet!

No sign of heat yet, and her birthday is Mon!


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Mario's blowing coat season was AWFUL. His coat is more cottony in texture than I'd like (he's perfectly imperfect to us), and just when we finished brushing out one massive mat, another would form. We had been dead set on keeping him in full coat, but his coat change made us change our mind. He's been in a puppy cut since. I'm really hoping new puppy has a silkier coat. Looking at his siblings and parents, I'm thinking he will, thank God. We were lucky enough to find an amazing breeder less than 20 minutes away from us, so I'm sure she'll help de-mat in an emergency. It takes a strong heart to get through blowing coat without at least 1 mental/emotional breakdown
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