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Are Havanese born with double coats?

Hello All,

My boy Wiley at six months has a very fine coat. It's slightly wavy and very thin and light. You can actually see the freckles on his skin if you look closely.

Will his coat fill in as he ages?






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All of them don't have double coats. "Double Coat" was a phrase added to one of the later versions of the Standard.
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My two are very different. I think Pixie has a triple coat! MiG's is way more silky and thin.

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I never understood the double single coat thing. If I look at the root of the hair, the texture is different than the ends. Not sure if thats a double coat. My boys have pretty thick coats. Fred's is the thickest. Bella's coat is very thin. Funny thing is, Freddie never gets matts. I didn't even notice a blowing coat phase. Bella who has the thin coat get more matts than the boys with thick coats.





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Abby was nearly 8 mos. when we got her and I was shocked at how thin and straggly her coat was! It stayed that way for a long time and also was very slow growing. Now, at three her coat has thickened (not a whole lot) and it looks so much fluffier and more Havanese looking. Her coat is cottony but since it's not super-thick it is pretty easy to comb. I only comb her once a week and this last time she didn't have any mats at all which was a first! I had seen here on the forum once that their coats did not mature until around age three and that seems to be the case for us.

I'm sure Wiley's coat will thicken up as he matures.

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Not sure if Eli has a double coat but he has a LOT of hair. He's super fluffy and as I stroke his hair I need to work my fingers in to get to his skin. It also grows super fast. He was groomed (trimmed really) just two weeks ago and I see it growing in quickly because I feel like I need to try and clip near/around his eyes. His coat his very soft and silky. I quickly comb it once a day. Since starting Science Diet at the Vet's suggestion I found it's lost the luster it used to have. I've ordered Orijen and hope it will restore the luster. If not, back to Chicken Soup for the Puppy. Oh, he's 17 weeks old.
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Not sure if Eli has a double coat but he has a LOT of hair. He's super fluffy and as I stroke his hair I need to work my fingers in to get to his skin. It also grows super fast. He was groomed (trimmed really) just two weeks ago and I see it growing in quickly because I feel like I need to try and clip near/around his eyes. His coat his very soft and silky. I quickly comb it once a day. Since starting Science Diet at the Vet's suggestion I found it's lost the luster it used to have. I've ordered Orijen and hope it will restore the luster. If not, back to Chicken Soup for the Puppy. Oh, he's 17 weeks old.
Good move in your food switch. Give him some EFA's and that will help too. Best thing since sliced cheeze. http://www.seapet.com/seastarrstore/ Omega 3 Fish Oil no. 600

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I have wondered about the double coat thing too. I have a Lhasa Apso he has a double coat and now at the end of the summer he has no under coat by Dec he will have tons of hair because the undercoat comes back in. He will lose it again starting spring where I will have to worry about mats. He has a great coat, just soooo much more of it in winter. Yogi has a undercoat that stays all year and so far so does Misty. Yogi's hair was slow to grow and now is beautiful he is over 2 yrs. Misty came from the breeder in a shorter cute and shaved stomach she had, had puppies. So her tail looked sparse now after 4 months her tail curls over her back and looks more Hav like instead of like a flagpole. Their hair is quite light. So I think there is every chance Wiley's hair will change.

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