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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Coat texture

My six month old pup has such a nice soft, but also substantial coat. His parents seemed much more coarse in comparison. Will his coat become more coarse as he gets older, or has he reached a proper age for a mature coat? His also seems slightly shorter.

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At only 6 months, his coat is still not mature. You'll see more coarser hair (the guard hairs) as he matures and his coat will resemble more his parents though it still may be a more short stockcoat as their coats could be medium length.
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My girl is almost two, and while she does have noticeable coarse texture in her guard coat, she is quite soft to the touch for a GSD.

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Coat texture

He is still maturing. I remember the tail even changing with thicker fur. I find the guard hairs are courser /stiffer going down the back. The sides and around neck seem softer. I have been so sick with the flu and greatful for Tamiflu it has helped some. Max keeping the chills away. You can almost see how soft the fur is in the photo. Max is 4. The chihauhua is under the blanket and Luna is laying next to me on the floor.


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Coat texture can also be indicative of good or poor nutrition in a dog, in my experience. My GSD rescue came to me

with coarse, dull coat w/ no undercoat. After weeks of high quality raw food, her coat started to shine and get much

softer and she grew an undercoat also.
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Thank you everyone for the insight! I also considered nutrition playing a role, the puppies were being fed diamond so I assume the older dogs were too? Haven’t had any good experiences with diamond personally, I feed a locally made kibble plus fresh toppers. His hair is definitely most coarse along his back, but still pretty soft by comparison. I love this dog no matter what, but typically how much more length do they acquire? I wouldn’t mind if it stayed short like it is.

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oh! He has a tight coat! My boy does too. It's just genetic. I don't find his coarse except after he's blown out seasonally. It will probably get coarser when his adult coat comes in.




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What do you mean by “tight”? Is this just a term for a shorter than typical coat?
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His looks like a nice, pretty, standard coat. No, it doesn't look unusually short.
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What do you mean by “tight”? Is this just a term for a shorter than typical coat?
Yes. Just shorter. "tight" to their body. Seger's comes down thru his dam's dam.




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