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Blowing coat varies a LOT from one dog to the next. WITH SOME Havanese, the owner barely notices it. With other, it comes on so hard and fast that before the owner is aware, especially if they are a first time Havanese owner, the dog can be matted to the skin.
Kodi was kind of in the middle, and I was DETERMINED to make it work. I also had only one coat to deal with. He started about 10 months and it waxed and waned, sometimes better, sometimes worse, until about 18 months. After two his coat became quite easy.
Pixel has a very fine, profuse coat, with a fine, profuse undercoat. The kind of coat you can't keep your hands off. And it matted like CRAZY when she blew coat. I gave up and put her in a puppy cut for both of our sakes when she was about a year old. Every time I started to let it grow out again, she started getting these tiny, difficult to remove mats again, and she's so cute in a puppy coat, I decided to keep her that way.
Panda's coat was so easy through blowing coat that the only time she really got mats was when she was in heat and also blowing coat and I made the mistake of thinking she needed to wear panties. What a mess!!! bloody mats!!! As it turns out, she can handle herself being in heat with almost NO mess. (I have to watch carefully, or you'd miss the early signs of her coming in heat). She only wears panties for long enough to go to classes (where they are required) and the rest of the time, she keeps herself spic and span. As a result, no mats. But she also has less undercoat the either of the other two.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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