Shedding: guard hairs vs undercoat and tools HELP
I have been baffled by this since Ive had my dog now 9 years. She has a stock coat, but I would say on the thinner side for a GSD.
This sounds crazy but I can't find a tool that address the course slick guard hairs! I use a furmurator but it miraculously skips right over the guard hairs. Im not kidding I can have a huge pile of soft fur and virtually no guard hairs, and then I use my fingers to pinch and pull and they all come out in clumps!
I have tried a soft rubber "curry comb" type tool, this seems to grab the hairs and get them to move by friction, but doesn't really work like we expect a brush to do.
Any one else have a dog with similar type fur? I find this so strange.
Also I have a shedding question, yes my dog has a huge shedding 2 x year, but now its summer (since Aug 1) in midwest. and her guard hairs are falling out like crazy! is this normal?
I have thyroid checked in spring (normal) she is on a very high quality dry food. Normal health otherwise.
Im also curious about shepherds in general compared to other breeds with double coats. My sisters dog (a chinook/ bred from huskies and mastiff) has a thick double coat, but blows her coat and is virtually shed free all summer. Should GSDs be like this? or is heavier all year shedding just the norm (I don't know better Ive lived with it for 9 years!)