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Can someone please explain to me what "blowing coat" is? When do they do this? What is it? Thank you in advance!
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Blowing coat is the change to the pups adult coat. I don't know that I am describing it correctly but you can't miss it when it happens. Murphy became a total mass of clumps, and it seemed that it happened in a day's time. He was so bad that I had to take him to the groomer and have him cut very short. You can see how short his hair is on my avatar.

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Yup - Holly described it. The problem with non-shedding coats is that when the new coat is coming in,the older coat has no where to go,so the hairs get all tangled and matted. And that is putting it mildly. I'd venture a guess that 50% of the forum members have had to have their havs clipped close or nearly shaved. Those that are great at grooming,and whose dogs put upwith an hour+ a day, seem to make it through.

It happened twice with Lola. At 10 months and again at around 17 months.

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....well, my dog is now 19 months old. I can't say that I devote an hour plus a day to grooming, but for sure, if I don't brush each day to get each bit done then, when we bathe, I'm snarling about the snarls that have developed! (I'd say 15 minutes a day of brushing, then there's the nails and the teeth.)
I bathe once a week at least. It helps, I think, to have a clean coat.
I also think that regular thorough brushing is needed. I am surprised at the trouble spots that develop!!!
1. Armpits
2. Neck, where the collar is
3. Under the tail area
4. Under the ears
5. Bonus area...wherever you least expect it!!!

I'm sure there are more surprises in store for me! I love my dog's long coat. When I got Tucker, I thought I'd do a puppy cut, but I appreciate his long coat more and more each week. Now, I am no expert, by a long shot and love the advice on this board. I've also found good advice on youtube.

Good luck with grooming and keep this thread going! I, too am looking for tips and tricks!

....I am going to look at a better comb
....I am researching thinning scissors
....mostly, I welcome any advice!!!!

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Originally Posted by ksj123 View Post
Can someone please explain to me what "blowing coat" is? When do they do this? What is it? Thank you in advance!
It's changing from puppy fur to adult fur for the most part and usually happens around 9-12 months and can also happen to a bitch in heat although I haven't had that happen. The puppy fur comes out and is replaced by the adult fur. The change can be anything from a little tangle every now and then to an OMG where you're screaming for coat help.

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