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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Coated shepherd, undercoat?

Piper is just over 6 months now, and her adult coat is coming in, but I see no signs of an undercoat. Both of her parents were stock, with her sire being 'plush'. I'm just wondering when the undercoat is supposed to come in, if she has one.


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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and some pictures.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 08:28 PM
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That actually looks like fluffy undercoat on her now from what I can see.
They are born fuzzy/undercoat (usually) and develop longer guard hairs as they get older.
Some side views (standing) may help...
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Do these help?
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I wish the quality were better, they look great on my iPad, but they degrade when I upload them on the app.

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We do need more pictures, and standing is the best!

Not ALL long coats have an undercoat. I was told that Ky might or might not have one. She's 18 months ... and doesn't have as thick fur as other LC's


The first picture is Kyleigh ... (the one with no snow) and the second picture is Odita - she belongs to Hattifattener in Latvia ... I've copied the picture of Odita from this thread so you can see the difference in thickness of both side by side

I have to admit, I am very very jealous of Odita's fur, but am quite glad I don't have to groom ALL that! Ky's is enough!
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ETA: I've seen pictures of Kyleigh before, and I must say, she is beautiful.

okay, so i uploaded some of the better pictures to tumblr, so the quality would be better.


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Well that kinda does look more like guard hairs.
What was she like as a puppy?
For comparison of how puppies usually start out with fuzzy undercoat, I'll post pics of my Libby pretty soon.
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My roommate has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and she's a month older than Piper and has an intense undercoat. So I guess it's making me question whether or not Piper has one.

Also, because Piper isn't shedding NEARLY as much as Tilly is.

I got her at 3mo. so I'm not sure about before that, but I can post some pictures of around then.

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Her coat looks a lot like Keefer's did at 6 months old:


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Did Keefer have an undercoat then or did he develop one later? I absolutely love his coloring, btw. He's stunning.

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