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Old 10-18-2011, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just brought home my first-ever longhair foster GSD. Do I care for his coat the same way I would a standard coat? Does he need a different type of brush or anything? He does have an undercoat.
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I like using a rake
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Our long stock doesn't shed anywhere near as much as our stock coat but I have to watch behind her ears for mats. I just have to brush her a little more often, it's no big deal.
The only other problem is her tail, it's a magnet for dead leaves etc.
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Nothing different in grooming, except more of it, especially behind the ears, on the rear legs, and tail, where the hair will tend to mat if not brushed out regularly. A slicker brush and a comb or rake will be your favorite tools.
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I love this rake, and it's super cheap. I use the above rake, a wood pin brush, and a wood comb for my dogs. Luna has a standard short coat and Nova, while he's not a long coat, definitely has a longer coat than "normal."

I also use the Zoom Groom but that works better on Luna and my Rottie than on Nova.
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Thanks for the tips! I'll pick up one of those brushes this week.

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Our long stock doesn't shed anywhere near as much as our stock coat but I have to watch behind her ears for mats. I just have to brush her a little more often, it's no big deal.
The only other problem is her tail, it's a magnet for dead leaves etc.

The dreaded dog debris! Scarlett has been coming in with sweet gum balls dangling off her tail like Christmas ornaments. REALLY, the long stock coat doesn't shed as much as a stock coat?? I didn't know that...so besides the debris, we have LESS hair to clean up. I suppose that's a bonus.
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Apache's tail is the worst, I try to stop him at the door and pull out the leaves & twigs out of his tail.

That coat looks nice, thin & soft thats easy brushing to me! Probably doesn't even shed much. It seems my long coated dogs never shed as bad as the short coats.
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REALLY, the long stock coat doesn't shed as much as a stock coat?? I didn't know that...so besides the debris, we have LESS hair to clean up. I suppose that's a bonus.
Actually, long coats shed just as much as short coats, but the loose hair doesn't fall out as easily... it has a tendency to hang up in the rest of the fur (and form mats). That's why it's important to brush a longcoat regularly, even when you don't see hair falling off.
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His coat looks like Jinx as far as not being a ridiculously long coat but longer. I have not noticed her picking up tons of junk and we are in the woods all the time occassionally she'll get a pricker branch but it generally falls when I grab it and leaves I just let her tag her tail and it falls out on it's own I've never really had anything stuck in the coat I had to grab out before coming inside. I don't care for the rakes they just don't work on her coat I use a slicker brush which works great especially for the ear fluffs and BTW hers don't get matted and I don't even brush her every month the only time I got a few little mats was when she needed ear cleaner and ointment twice a day for an infection so between them getting wet and sticky then being rubbed vigorously the fluffs on the back of her legs don't really get matted but are really thick andd can be a bit of a pain to get through but I've found a few coat tricks if you wanna message me I'll be glad to give them to ya works for other dogs also helps get silky smooth soft coat love it.
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