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I don't think it's a trivial question at all, and it's one I wonder about with Kodi. I LOVE his full coat, but if I had to make him give up walks in order to keep the coat, the coat would have to go. I bought him as a performance dog, not for the conformation ring. And seeing his joy when he's out and about, I couldn't take that away from him.
Fortunately, we were able to get him walking on a reasonably loose lead at a pretty young age, so I can easily walk him on a rolled leather collar, and don't need to use a harness. (I also only have only one dog, so I don't have the "dynamic duo" to deal with<g>) Even sitting still in his car harness he has some minor mats that need to be removed every time he's in the car, so I can't imagine what he'd look like after an hour of pulling on a leash!!!
But I as just on the phone with his breeder today for tips on getting through blowing coat. I REALLY want to keep him long, but I also want him to be able to enjoy being a real dog!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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