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Question Haircut - length for less matting?

Willow is almost 9 months old and we have not yet cut her hair, other than the groomer doing some trim around the eyes, some thinning, and sanitary trim. Her hair is about 7 inches long and very "fluffy". She still has her puppy hair and I spend 20-30 minutes a day brushing and combing her. As a result, she gets very little matting except after she wears her harness for a walk. We are planning a trip where she will be wearing her harness for longer periods of time and I would like to know a good length to cut her hair that would help prevent matting. She is at the age where she is/will be blowing her coat (from what I've read, dreading that!). I don't want to cut her short if we don't have to, but would like a more manageable coat that is less likely to mat. We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions based on your own experiences. Willow is our first dog with hair, not fur, so it's a learning experience. Thanks! Helen & Willow
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Unfortunately, the only way to get a length that will REALLY help matting, especially under a harness and ESPECIALLY while blowing coat, is to go with a very short cut. Any length at all will felt under a harness left on for any length of time.
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That's what I was afraid of. Other than matting, is there an obvious sign when Willow's starts to blow her coat? Right now, I am getting small amounts of hair on the comb/brush so it doesn't appear that she is losing any large amounts. I've read that the blowing coat stage can begin between 8-12 months. Thanks for your feedback!
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Darlah has some good tips here Blowing Coat - talemakerhavanese.com

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Unfortunately, the only way to get a length that will REALLY help matting, especially under a harness and ESPECIALLY while blowing coat, is to go with a very short cut. Any length at all will felt under a harness left on for any length of time.
I can attest from personal experience that even a longer puppy cut will mat like crazy (haven't tried a very short puppy cut yet). We spent a few days in DC over the weekend and Perry was a trooper walking around (around 4+ hours on Sunday doing all the monuments - I had his shoulder bag for him when we were actually in the monuments or if he got too tired but he was good walking the whole time). At the end of the day he was soooo super matted under his chest that it took hours to get the mats out from his 'armpits' and I ended up cutting out he ones under his chest harness strap.

He was in need of a cut (got it done today) so he was longer than a new puppy cut.
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I have Loki in a shorter cut than I would like him to be. At 12 months, it became impossible to keep the mats away. I was spending an hour a day - and still didn't have them all. I seemed like a never ending cycle. We were both miserable. I got him cut shorter than I probably would like him but left his beard, ears and tail long. Now that I am used to it he looks really cute! It takes me 10 minutes a day to clean and comb his face and to comb his ears, tails and feet, especially after they get wet. Every other day I run a comb through his coat...We are so much happier.

The top two pictures were the day he first got his haircut (he is all fluffed out). The bottom picture was Monday after he had a bath. It has been 2 weeks since a haircut. He air dried so you can see how curly and short his hair is...
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Thank you for the feedback; it seems like it is not possible to keep the pups from matting under a harness...
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Thank you for the great feedback and pictures! Loki looks adorable with his short haircut; it may be the way to go to keep Willow mat free (or at least somewhat that way)!
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That's what I was afraid of. Other than matting, is there an obvious sign when Willow's starts to blow her coat? Right now, I am getting small amounts of hair on the comb/brush so it doesn't appear that she is losing any large amounts. I've read that the blowing coat stage can begin between 8-12 months. Thanks for your feedback!
You'll see that she starts matting a lot more. (If she is going to... some don't blow coat too badly). With all of mine, the first sign was mats developing behind their ears. My oldest one blew coat enough that it was a pain in the neck, but was manageable. The middle one matted badly enough that I put her in a puppy cut. Her puppy coat was downy-fine, and the mats were difficult to get out and obviously hurt. Then she looked so cute in the puppy cut that we've just kept her that way! The youngest one was very VERY easy. She only had occasional, minor matting. The only time I really had a problem was during her first heat, when she was also blowing coat. She matted pretty horribly under her panties!


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Thank you for the feedback; it seems like it is not possible to keep the pups from matting under a harness...
It is, but only with a really short cut.


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