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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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This is "Blowing Coat"

When we got Cicero, I did not know what "blowing coat" was. I had not read about it on any of the sites that I had researched on the breed. Then when I got on this forum and started reading about it I still wasn't sure what it would be like. People talked about it...and the mats...and at times I would think "maybe" this is blowing coat. If I found one mat near his ear I would think "oh, we are in the beginning of blowing coat"...nope!

We are NOW blowing coat...no guessing or doubt about it. So for all the newbies...you will "know" when they are blowing coat. All of a sudden you will find a golf ball mat that appears overnight...and say "what the heck".

In the picture, you can see where I brushed a huge wad of hair out on Tues night. My MIL is in the hospital so I missed Mon brushing him - and was shocked that he had so much hair in the brush Tues night. There were a couple of mats on his chest and some on his ears that I had to pull apart...like trying to seperate a cotton ball!!! The strange thing to me is that it is mostly the black hair that he is losing...and hardly no white hairs.

Then yesterday I combed through him 4 different times...and you can see the small wads that came out each time. I now understand why people have to have their dogs shaved during this time. I think it is going to take a lot of brushing to stay on top of "blowing coat"!!!!!

Hopefully it will not last long....and we will make it without cutting him down. DH wants to keep his big feet...

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Oh, what fun, what memories! But, I've no doubt that you will make it through without cutting him down. You keep him so beautifully groomed all the time! Hang in there!

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I just asked a question about this on another thread a moment ago as I think Scooter is too! He'll be a year old in March so could it be? I get wads of hair like that too and I'm finding mats where I haven't before. Behind his ears, on his chest, and in strange places like the middle of his back. We had just decided to let his coat grow a bit but may have to rethink that. LOL

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Dale, trust me. That's not that much hair! I brush/comb the boys every 2, 3 sometimes 4 days and I get that much out of them twice or 3x a week. I DON'T have the big mats, though, just a few tangles here and there. Nothing to sweat over which is why I can sometimes go 3 or 4 days without grooming them.

When I'm done, I have that big wad you show here.

Do you mean that when you brush Cicero every day, when he wasn't blowing coat, you hardly have any hair left on your brush/comb?? That almost never happens to me, but that's because I don't comb them every day ..... probably, right?




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I don't miss that at all. Even with daily brushing, I wasn't able to make it through the blowing coat stage. Marble's hair is still short from when he was shaved a few months ago Good luck, Dale. Cicero's coat is so beautiful!
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Dale, I'm right there with you. I have two blowing coat right now. Thankfully, one of them has a ton of hair and this stage is no big deal. My girl is another story; she's losing hair like crazy.
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Sheri...how long did this last for you????

Ann...it sounds like you may be blowing coat also if you are finding more mats .. especially in odd places where you hadn't had them before. But...we can do this.

Marj....I can't believe you get this hair each week. NO, Cicero has not lost hair...not enough in his brush to even hardly notice before this started...and it would take a week before I cleaned what little was in the brush...with daily brushing. SO...this is a big difference in grooming for Cicero. I hope after he gets over this he will go back to no tangles!!

Gina...I am beginning to understand. It has been easy to do the daily brushing...and we enjoyed them. Now, Cicero is wondering why am I having to pull apart his hair...and take so long on finishing the job. A 15 or 20 minute brushing is now taking an hour. I can comb him...he goes outside to RLH in the wind...and comes in with tangles from the wind blowing. That has never happen before. I'm just glad it is happening now because he doesn't want to stay out long in the cold. Summer would be a bad time for him!!!!


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Kimberly, I don't know how I would handle two at the same time blowing coat.

I will be honest...I have seen some bad haircuts on this forum...so DH told me to just worry about Cicero -- and nothing else -- because he doesn't want him shaved.

I do have some olive oil sheen spray for dry hair that I mist him with and it seems to help with the tangles. Also, I think the fleece in his crate was causing a bigger problem so I put a satin pillowcase on it and I think that helps....as least he likes it. I just don't want him to get where he doesn't like his grooming...since he is so good about all of it.


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Dale and Ann, I totally sympathize as does anyone who has experienced this. Jackson was actually about 14 months before his started, and it kind of caught me by surprise . . . I just thought his hair was getting too long and that he needed a little trim. I worried that he wouldn't have any hair left there were so many mats. I thought about "thinning" because I couldn't get the comb through above his back legs without a new one forming. I did end up cutting off about an inch all over one day with scissors, and although it wasn't perfect like the groomer, it really helped. I was worried the groomer would either shave him or hurt him and he would always dread going back.

We also used LOTS of treats during the poor, pitiful stage.

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Dale, I totally agree that because Cicero is such an angel about grooming, you want to keep things that way. I am not at all worried though because you are a very good mom to that adorable boy.

I thought I'd share a picture I took of the hair that came off the brush and comb when I groomed Ricky and Sammy this a.m. This is two days since the last grooming.




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