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Vagus 11-15-2012 08:07 PM

How long will his coat be?
Hi everyone, I'm going to the breeder this weekend to make my final choice on which little bundle I'm bringing home next week. I just have a quick question - How long do you think this pups coat will be? I ask, as his potential owner lives in another city a few hours away from the breeder and is having doubts about whether he will really be a plush/fluffy long coat. He was the only long coat born in the litter. If she pulls out, he will become available to me, expanding my options. I am not bothered by coat type/colour at all, but do rather like his temperament and have had the chance to interact with all the pups a few times (I live quite near to the breeder). So now I'm curious, how long you think his coat will be - or is it too early to have any idea?

Just over 3 weeks here:

and 6/7 weeks here:
on the right

On the left

Bear GSD 11-15-2012 10:49 PM

It's hard to tell from the pictures but I can tell you he looks like my pup at that age. My pup wad the only LC in a litter of 6 from two stock coated parents
I have to say even though my Bear is coated, he is more on the plush side and not a long coated as most I have seen.

I don't know how track back the link but if you look under my threads it's listed as "Bear is 1!!! Look how he's grown". You will see some pictures when Bear was about that age and a little older.
Good luck in picking out your puppy!

Vagus 11-15-2012 11:12 PM

Sorry about the pictures, they're all I have to show. I figured it might be worth submitting them in case there are some key features that give away a certain coat type that an untrained eyes (like my own) would miss.

Your boy is just stunning! What a beautiful and happy looking dog. You must get plenty of attention when you two are out and about.

onyx'girl 11-15-2012 11:17 PM

Pup is from working lines? I'd say a coatie, cute coatie!
Showline pups usually look very fluffy, but WL's are tighter/woolier before the adult coat comes in. And most LC WL's don't really get thick/long like the SL coaties. Seems to be silkier type and develops slower. But that does depend on environment, too.
The litter is adorable! I'd take that sable as my 'pick'!!

RocketDog 11-15-2012 11:24 PM

Here are some pics of mine, to compare for you:

at 10 weeks, last august:

Sept '11

Last February:

last month:


I live in a cold part of the US, about 2 hours from the Canada border. His coat is seasonally affected, so it's thicker and richer in the fall and winter.

Sherry 11-15-2012 11:50 PM

@ RocketDog -- Wow! That is one gorgeous GSD! His poses are priceless!

onyx'girl 11-15-2012 11:55 PM

I agree, Rocket and his scenery :wub: I love his mane!

Vagus 11-16-2012 12:13 AM

@Onyx: These pups are German show line, and he is definitely of the poofy variety. The breeder is keeping 2 pups for herself, and I suspect the sable is her top pick too :p

@Rocket: Oh wow he is breath taking, I love his dark face. It's funny, he didn't look especially fluffy as a puppy, but wow his coat really grew.

While we're here - I feel I don't know the exact definitions.
Coatie, long coat, plush coat?
Which ones are massive in their fluffiness, and which ones just have some tufts behind the ears and a bit of extra hair hanging from their bellies/legs/paws?

onyx'girl 11-16-2012 12:26 AM

Seeing a sable in a showline litter is uncommon.
Long coats are dogs without an undercoat, coat is parted down the spine and silkie(this is very uncommon in the GSD)
long stock coats are dogs with an undercoat
plush coat is just a description, but isn't really a 'type', though many SL's tend to be more thick/plush than WL's so some will describe the coat as plush.
I have a long stock coat(lines unknown) and she is very thick undercoated. This is her summer coat(when she is "out of coat")
I don't have pup pics of her, she is a rescue.

RocketDog 11-16-2012 12:31 AM

Aww Thanks you guys. He wasn't the super fluffiest puppy, but he's actually not that long-haired now, either. If he had just some ends trimmed up, I don't think he'd look that much different than a short stock coat except for the mane-- he does have a lion's mane, LOL.

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