I have been reading a lot of info on "Blowing Coat"but just how bad it is, please explain how often does this happens and at what ages? Do females do this with hormone changes-such as a heat cycle? Thanks for any feedback, the shedding thing is new to me - well except for the cats
Also I would like feedback on vaccines? I have heard some Havs have bad reactions? I have burned yet another bridge at a vet office, regarding this issue. I think that is all the vets in town !
Oh and I called my groomer the other day- she has been there for YEARS- they told me she was gone and didn't have a forwarding #?
So the search is still on.....
More photos of VanaBanana
What do you think?
Havs don't shed in the normal dog sense of the word. They shed like people do... a few hairs at a time. With regular grooming, almost all of it should end up in the comb and brush.
HOWEVER... they DO "blow coat" when they are changing from their puppy coat to their adult coat. This USUALLY happens between 10 months and 1 year, but as you can see from Tilliesmom's post, it can be earlier or later.
The first blowing coat is typically the worst, but even then, it really depends on your dog's coat type how bad it will be. The ones with profuse cottony, curly coats are the worst, while those with silkier, straighter coats are not so bad.
Kodi has the latter type of coat, and his first blowing coat lasted about 6 weeks. during that time, I had to bathe him more often than usual (clean hair doesn't mat as badly) and comb him thoroughly twice a day. Doing that, I was able to keep up with it pretty well. OTOH, a lot of people with puppies with the more profuse coats give up and put their dog in a puppy cut during this period... you can always grow it out again after they finish blowing coat if you want!
Often Havs have a second, or even third "blowing coat" phase later on. Kodi blew some coat when he was about 15 months, but it wasn't nearly as bad, and didn't last as long, as the first time.
Vana looks like she has the silkier type of coat AND she's already in a short cut. So getting her through blowing coat shouldn't be a big deal. How old did you think she was? Is it possible that she's under a year? If so, this could be your big one, and you are just "lucky" enough to be experiencing that and heat at the same time!
If Vana continues to shed a considerable amount of hair outside of blowing coat times, it might be another sign that she has some other breed in there that is a shedding breed. Then all bets are off!
Oh, and as far as WHEN it happens... there's a lot of variation, but a general range would be between 8-12 months for the first time, between 15-18 months for the second time and between 20-24 month for the 3rd time. (some don't have this third one at all)