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Kaina 06-26-2014 09:58 PM

Extremely Coarse Hair Near the Rear
Hi everyone! First post. My recently adopted 1 yr GSD, Kaina, has been a great addition to the family. I noticed when we got her a few months ago that her fur near her rear was an inch or two longer than anywhere else on her body, and much drier and coarser. I quickly attributed this to shedding as it was starting to heat up in my area, but now that her full summer coat appears to be in the strange hair remains. I know that sometime in her past, she had mange to an unknown degree. I don't know how much of an impact this is. I would like to know if there is something differently I should be doing in regards to diet and nutrition, or otherwise. I currently feed her TOTW.


my boy diesel 06-26-2014 11:43 PM

a pic??

DutchKarin 06-26-2014 11:50 PM

Hard to tell what it is you are talking about. There are longer coarser hairs on their ridge line so to speak and below the tail and anus and down the leg there is usually feathering... longer hairs their too. Probably hard to take a picture, but would be helpful.

Kaina 06-27-2014 01:28 PM

It is difficult to get a picture to show it. The spot that has the coarse hair is at the end of her back, above her hind legs. It is a different texture than the rest of her body (more coarse).

spacenuts 06-27-2014 03:08 PM

My dog has the exact same thing. There is mild white flaking in that area as well. I'd love to know why he has this too. I'm guessing it's diet related.

lauren43 06-27-2014 03:10 PM

My chi is similar. Down by the base of his tail his fur is coarse and never soft, though I wouldn't describe it as longer than the rest if his's odd that's for sure.

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my boy diesel 06-27-2014 03:15 PM

i think what you are describing is how gsds normally look

almost like they are wearing pants
see the hind legs on these dogs

lalachka 06-27-2014 03:20 PM

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I've seen this on a few dogs. It's like really coarse, almost wire and sometimes wavy hair. Not sure why but know two gsds with it

spacenuts 06-27-2014 03:21 PM

I think she is referring to the very end of the dog's back, right where the tail begins. Not the furry pants part around the butt and hind legs.

My dog's hair there is never soft, very coarse and he almost squiggles you when scratch him there.

my boy diesel 06-27-2014 03:21 PM

probably a result of not brushing regularly
show dogs dont just get to looking that way because their hair naturally does that
it takes regular daily brushing to keep some of those coats looking soft back there
it is normally wiry to help protect the dog
soft fur does not do a lot to protect it

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