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8 month old - matting like crazy!

My pup, Sam, is 8.5 months old. His coat has started matting like crazy. Every day, there are tangles that threaten to form into mats. Unless I really keep on top of it, he gets matted super easily now, unlike before. Is this the stage my breeder warned me about-- going through puberty and having a coat that mats easily? If so, how long does it last???? Does it get easier? Do you have any tips for surviving this stage?

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Yup. This is blowing coat. Some are easier some are harder. My easiest was pretty easy. She hd a couple of easy to get out mats if I didn't comb her out every couple of days. My hardest required full comb-outs twice a day, EVERY day, and baths every 4 days to keep him in full coat through the worst of it. But I was determined. Some are harder than that. Some are much worse.

Do NOT feel that you HAVE to keep up with it unless you are showing or plan to. There is NO shame in putting your dog in a shot puppy cut to get through this phase, even if you choose to let them grow out again afterwards. It is much better to cut them down BEFORE they get matted to the skin than have to have them shaved because it has gotten away from you. Hair grows.

It depends on the dog how long blowing coat lasts. USUALLY they are pretty much over it by 18 months. Some sooner. Some go on as long as about 2 years. Very few go longer than that. If it's longer than that, it's probably just a generally hard to manage coat. And there are those too.

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Thank you for the info! 10 months is a long time-- puppy cut here we come!

Also, why do people call it "blowing the coat"? I used to have high-shedding breeds, and this is the term we used for seasonal shedding. What's actually happening to Sam's coat here?

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Thank you for the info! 10 months is a long time-- puppy cut here we come!

Also, why do people call it "blowing the coat"? I used to have high-shedding breeds, and this is the term we used for seasonal shedding. What's actually happening to Sam's coat here?

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It's kind of the same thing. They are "blowing" the puppy coat, which is like the undercoat on a high-shedding breed. The problem is, on a "non-shedding" breed, this undercoat and puppy hair likes to wrap around the shafts of the long adult hair that is supposed to stay attached to the dog. If it isn't combed out completely and often, it tends to mat. left much longer and it starts to felt. once it felts, you are pretty much dead in the water. That's when the dog ends up shaved to the skin.

They still need to lose all this stuff even if they are in a puppy cut, it's just that it slips off over and between the shorter (cut) hair much more easily without wrapping around.

As I said in my first post, it's REALLY depends on the dog how bad it gets. Panda really wasn't bad a tall. She has a light undercoat and any mats she gets are easy to coax out. Kodi was manageable because I REALLY wanted it. Pixel SORT of was too, but her coat is VERY soft and made TINY little mats that slipped right between the teeth of the comb. We know she was not going to be showing, so around her first birthday, decided to put her in a puppy cut "for a while". She was so darn cute in the puppy cut that we've just kept her in it! it just suits her small frame.


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I love this thread because I've not had the horrible matting some have described. At one time, I had what I considered more matts than usual, at which my groomer complained. Since then, I've been diligent in combing, not going more than two days. Some days twice a day.

Patti is now 1yr 10mos and her white hair is mats more easily but NOT at the skin level. As I comb the matts around her legs and stomach (mostly white hair), I'm finding hair in the comb, which I've not had in the past.

Her black hair is not as fine and has a little more texture. The white hair seems to be matting more.

Is this Blowing Coat at this age???
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I love this thread because I've not had the horrible matting some have described. At one time, I had what I considered more matts than usual, at which my groomer complained. Since then, I've been diligent in combing, not going more than two days. Some days twice a day.

Patti is now 1yr 10mos and her white hair is mats more easily but NOT at the skin level. As I comb the matts around her legs and stomach (mostly white hair), I'm finding hair in the comb, which I've not had in the past.

Her black hair is not as fine and has a little more texture. The white hair seems to be matting more.

Is this Blowing Coat at this age???
It’s very late, but I suppose it’s possible... I think it’s more likely that she may be one with an easier coat, like my Panda, and because you’ve kept her in a puppy cut all the way along, you’ve just missed most of it. Lucky!


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