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Old 12-21-2012, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do coaties always have the sweetest temperament?

I have heard breeders say this, and I have to say that I've noticed it too: of the GSDs I've known, coaties seem to have the sweetest, most laid-back temperaments.

Breeders, owners, trainers, anyone with a lot of GSD experience, have you found this to be true?

I really, really wouldn't want to take care of that much coat, but it would be hard to say no if my perfect pup happened to be a coatie, and since I want a sweet, calm temperament, it seems like the chances are good that it may happen that way. At least I know a good groomer...
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mine does.....and while it may not be completely in line with the standard I much prefer her this way than aggressive...who ever has a ball to throw is her new best friend..
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Kacie my coatie is not the sweetest laid back GSD. I don't know her pedigree but think she's a mix of SL/and WL's.
She can be reactive to other dogs and people, but with my family and our other dogs she is pretty docile and sweet. She is fairly active and would be more if she didn't have a bum elbow. Of all my GSD's she is the lowest as far as energy level. Not much in the way of ball drive or food drive, but her prey drive is big.

I don't really think her coat type has much if anything to do with personality or temperament.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No. No, no, no!
My puppy coatie is just awful, naughty, and all around terrible. ....but very cute.
My old girl coatie is a grumpy old witch who still loves to play ball and randomly jump into the pool.

So not sweet, laid back or any similar adjectives.
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No. No, no, no!
My puppy coatie is just awful, naughty, and all around terrible. ....but very cute.
My old girl coatie is a grumpy old witch who still loves to play ball and randomly jump into the pool.

So not sweet, laid back or any similar adjectives.
Lol this cracked me up!


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True in my case He is laid back, quiet in the house soft disposition and loooooves people, as long as they don't show up in his back yard unannounced. The coat care is not worse, just different. He sheds a lot of undercoat just like my previous stock coat girl but gets dirty faster since he does not have the water repellant guard hair. A few more baths maybe than a stock coat and a trip to the groomer for trimming twice a year. I'd pick another coatie again in a heartbeat.
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In the month I had Kira, I would say definitely
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and randomly jump into the pool.
Kacie loves water! Puddles are never without her laying in or splashing. Of course the coat never dries out fast like a stock coat.
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The first time Cora saw my parents' pool... She backed up and ran at it like a professional dock-diving dog. I was stunned, then laughed and laughed. Someone in her previous homes must have had a pool.
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I think temperament will have more to do with goals of the breeder rather than coat length.
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