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Can't keep from matting...

I have the darndest time with Zeplin- now 2.5 yrs old. His undercoat is so billowy/cottony and as soon as we get pst the puppy cut look- he gets so matted- no matter how much I really brush him. The groomer said he has an unusual coat and it is hard to keep long. She does a great job when she shaves him down so he does not look like a little rat or a poodle. We have come to like his "less hair" look, but still would prefer a longer coat.

Has anyone ever experienced this?

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I have the darndest time with Zeplin- now 2.5 yrs old. His undercoat is so billowy/cottony and as soon as we get pst the puppy cut look- he gets so matted- no matter how much I really brush him. The groomer said he has an unusual coat and it is hard to keep long. She does a great job when she shaves him down so he does not look like a little rat or a poodle. We have come to like his "less hair" look, but still would prefer a longer coat.

Has anyone ever experienced this?
Are you combing him out daily?
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Yes, Pixie has a very dense coat also. Combing her out was tedious for her and now I use a Vellus pinbrush and a CC wooden pinbrush. I'll use a comb on her ears and tail only for the most part now. My groomer keeps her in a teddy cut with a long beard and natural uncut ears. Mig went to the groomer for the first time last week, and already I can tell a difference in his coat vs. hers. He seems to have a silkier coat, so we'll see how that develops.

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Some Havs just look better in a shorter cut.

No matter what you do, if the coat is soft and puffy and billowy....it is going to be very difficult to keep it long and tangle free without going through constant grooming, cleaning and heavy conditioning products.



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Yes! That's how Murphy is, he's cottony with silky hair on top. I can brush and comb him so he has no mats. Bathe him, dry him and NO mats! A short time later one of the kids will tell me they feel a mat. It's as if they appear magically and he's not blowing coat unless he's been doing it for the past 6 months.

I gave him a haircut this week and it's pretty bad. I need to work on it some more or take him to our groomer but now I'm embarrassed to take him there after the cut I gave him. I think he's going to have to be kept in a puppy cut or we'll both have to suffer through grooming.

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You are not alone. Smarty never had a mat until she was around 8 or 9 months, then WHAM they started. Since then she has not had a day without some from of the little spidery hair balls that when left alone join other small balls to create mats. If she ever has a good scratch it creates another large mat. Missing several days without brushing her becomes a nightmare for both of us.

At first I thought it was blowing coat, which probably was worse then our daily comb now, but I always get a brush full of that fluffy undercoat. She eats well and we have been using the Isle of Dog products, so not sure there is an answer other than continuing daily brushing.

I did cut Smarty down to a short puppy coat last year which was easier but I did not like the look on her so we fight through the daily mats.

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Kodi has a wavy, cottony coat and is easy to care for. The only place he really gets mats is on his back legs, mostly because he pees on them (bad aim).
Shelby has a more silky, long coat and mats like crazy. I have to brush her every couple of days. The worst place she mats is her front paws, and she hates having them brushed.


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Daisy suddenly developed mats at 8 months and now has a short puppy cut. I expect I may have to continue getting puppy cuts to avoid the mats.
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Stella's hair is very cottony too so I keep her in the puppy cut. I think she's adorable but wish I could have it longer. I'm just not willing to put either of us through the work of upkeep. I guess I'm lazy

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Stella's hair is very cottony too so I keep her in the puppy cut. I think she's adorable but wish I could have it longer. I'm just not willing to put either of us through the work of upkeep. I guess I'm lazy
Amen to that.
As much as I love seeing other people's dogs in the long coat, I have no illusions about my ability in the grooming department. I struggle as it is to keep Sydney from matting, even in her puppy cut! I think there are puppy cuts in our future for a very long time!

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