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Adult Coat Question

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For those of you who keep your dogs in long coat, how long did it take before it was fully grown? You can see from my profile pic, as well as the pic I'm adding here (the best two I have to show length), that it remains shortish. Both pics were taken end of October, when she was one and a half. It's not really grown since. She's had some breakage due to rough and tumble play, and probably due to me being a bit lax with wetting her down before combing/brushing (I'm very careful now), but it's only about two to three inches on top. I know every dog has its own rates, genetics, etc., but I can't help but wonder. Her hair on her belly, legs, head is very silky, but she's a bit of a frizz factory on her back and around her bum. I'm wondering it that plays a factor. Has anyone had a dog whose hair just didn't grow long?
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Well, she's certainly too young to give up hope! I've heard a number of people say that it takes 3 years for a Havanese coat to fully develop. That seems to be about what it was for Kodi.

Some dogs have what is called a "slow coat", that just takes longer to mature. Panda is a bit in that category. If you look at the photo I posted of her, she's got PLENTY of coat, but it isn't as long as some Havanese her age. (though it has recently gotten better)

Kodi's is MUCH longer, but he's 7 1/2... On him, I trim his chest hair a bit from time to time or it drags on the ground.

Just from Lola's legs, it looks like her coat is still immature. Usually, on an adult Havanese who has never been trimmed, the hair on their legs hangs straight down and over their feet.

I'll post the photo of Panda again here for reference, since she's not that different in age, and try to find one of Kodi standing.

OK, the first is Panda today, at 15 months. The second is Kodi at 15 month, and you can see his coat was MUCGC longer at that age. The other two are fully adult photos of Kodi within the last year. You can see how his coat just about touches the ground in front, and you can't see ANY "layering" on his legs, because all the hair is long enough to reach the ground, where I trim it at floor level.

Panda's leg hair is that long already, but not her body hair. In two of the three photos of Kodi, the hair on his feet is drawn up a bit because it was wet. (the 15 month after-bath picture, and the trial picture, where it was pouring outside when I had to take him out to potty! )
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I think that the answer may be as varied as Havanese coat color. Here is Raffy at 15 1/2 months. I have since trimmed his legs a bit to expose his white paws, and to get the hair up off the floor just a bit. I find his outer coat to be fairly dry and am also trying to be better about misting when I comb him out. I also find that his underparts are much silkier than his overcoat. I feel like if I puppy-cut him, his coat would grow out softer/silkier and quite a bit more silver like his tail. I refuse, however to do this.
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I think that the answer may be as varied as Havanese coat color. Here is Raffy at 15 1/2 months. I have since trimmed his legs a bit to expose his white paws, and to get the hair up off the floor just a bit. I find his outer coat to be fairly dry and am also trying to be better about misting when I comb him out. I also find that his underparts are much silkier than his overcoat. I feel like if I puppy-cut him, his coat would grow out softer/silkier and quite a bit more silver like his tail. I refuse, however to do this.
His coat looks like it was much closer to the length Kodi's was at 15 months. He looks a little "flatter' than Kodi, but Kodi had JUST been blow dried in the photo I posted, which always puffs him up. His facial hair looks funny, because I'd had him in bangs until that point, and was growing them out. They weren't QUITE long enough to stay in a pony then, but they covered his eyes!!!


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Gorgeous dogs.

Yup, Lola's hair is shorter than both, but much of it also has the tight waves, so that may contribute. Right now, it goes up and out more than down, and she can easily look like a chocolate dandelion walking down the street.

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Gorgeous dogs.

Yup, Lola's hair is shorter than both, but much of it also has the tight waves, so that may contribute. Right now, it goes up and out more than down, and she can easily look like a chocolate dandelion walking down the street.
She's adorable, no matter what. She's got plenty of time for her coat to lengthen, but you aren't planning on showing her anyway, are you? In which case, it doesn't make any difference at all!


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Here's Maggie before she lost the last of her baby coat. Now her coat is only about four inches on the top and her saddle area. I've been thinking that it's my fault for letting them play so much that she doesn't have a competitive coat right now... but maybe it's just her age/genetics. She will be two next month.
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She's adorable, no matter what. She's got plenty of time for her coat to lengthen, but you aren't planning on showing her anyway, are you? In which case, it doesn't make any difference at all!
I never planned on showing her, but I absolutely love a beautiful full, long coat. I'm just curious at this point in time.
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