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Absolutely correct!! I had a longhair and he didn't shed near as much as my standard coated male. He hardly had any undercoat and had a super fluffy tail. The coat was silky and plentiful.

I did make sure the hair between the toes stayed groomed and the back lower leg, but that is all the "trimming" I ever did. GSD long hairs, grow magnificent, luxurious coats. I think they are beautiful!
The two I had would make Collies look half bald. There was very little shedding. Now some of my shorthairs have had very thin coats and they didn't shed as much as the regular shorthairs, but the shorthair I had that also had long coats in the litter had a super thick coat and was the worst shedder.

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LOL @MineAreWorkingline "would make Collies look half bald"!
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Since long coats can vary in both texture and length - looking at the type of coat that these dogs have thrown in past litters may give you a better idea of what you'd be dealing with rather than the general question.

Some long coats are pretty short aside from some feathering behind the ears, legs and tail. My boy is silky and wavy, medium in length. Others are very long w/straight hairs... some are thick and fluffy.
I am going out this weekend to visit the pups, so will be speaking with the breeder about the differences between long and standard in their lines. Just looking for some general knowledge since I have next to no experience with longhair. Attached is a photo of one of the more recent longhair males from their lines. Pretty thick and medium-ish length. They're stunning, for sure! Just have always preferred the more standard coats.
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When Tess is in full coat, she's easily 5 inches deep of fur on each side. We're the thick/fluffy in our house.

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@kimbale Gorgeous head shot!
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The fluffiness makes it feel like you're cuddling with a soft warm pillow, Millie likes to cuddle in bed with me sometimes and she's just so soft it's crazy. Just regular brushing and making sure the under coat doesn't get matted. and I trim the hair around her feet because it gets all tangled up with mud and tiny pieces of rock sometimes when it's long, I'd have to clean tiny clumps of mud out between her toes.
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I brush my boy almost every night. It is part of our evening routine. Not only do I do it to try and keep hair off the floor and furniture but it is also a time to check for bugs or injuries I wouldn't see under the fur.

The biggest "problem" with his long coat is that so many people want to touch him. Thankfully he is good natured about it. My husband is always right there making sure strangers treat him with respect. So if you are one of those folks who never wants strangers to touch their dogs (and yes, there are good reasons for that) a long haired shepherd is a "may I pet your dog" magnet.

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The biggest "problem" with his long coat is that so many people want to touch him. Thankfully he is good natured about it. My husband is always right there making sure strangers treat him with respect. So if you are one of those folks who never wants strangers to touch their dogs (and yes, there are good reasons for that) a long haired shepherd is a "may I pet your dog" magnet.
Totally! Although if you're okay with people wanting to meet and pet your puppy, it's great, terrific socialization. Where some people might cross the street to avoid having to walk past a GSD, they're more likely to go out of their way TO meet a coatie. I get tons of comments about mine - beautiful, gorgeous, cute (even Keefer!), etc., whenever we're out in public.

I was at a flyball tournament last weekend and it was in a huge building that used to be a fruit packing plant. It's been renovated with an indoor soccer ring which is where the tournament was, a climbing wall, wave pool, video game room, gym, and more. In order to get to the climbing wall people had to walk past the crating area and where people were waiting with their dogs to go into the ring. Halo got a lot of attention and and one point was practically swamped with kids, lol. One little girl asked if she could pet her and I said yes, and she called all her friends over "come pet this dog, she's so soft!". Suddenly there were at least 6 or 7 kids swarming around her.
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I brush my boy almost every night. It is part of our evening routine. Not only do I do it to try and keep hair off the floor and furniture but it is also a time to check for bugs or injuries I wouldn't see under the fur.

The biggest "problem" with his long coat is that so many people want to touch him. Thankfully he is good natured about it. My husband is always right there making sure strangers treat him with respect. So if you are one of those folks who never wants strangers to touch their dogs (and yes, there are good reasons for that) a long haired shepherd is a "may I pet your dog" magnet.

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Bolded, yes people seem drawn to them. My wife has permission to take Ollie into a convenience store near our house. On one trip a drunk came up from behind and picked Ollie up as they were waiting to pay. The clerk tossed the guy out and Ollie wasnt thrilled, but didn't get too worked up about it. You almost have to expect the unexpected sometimes.
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My long hair's coat isn't long all over. It's long around his ears, but it is very thick all over. His coat is so soft, and does not shed near as bad as our golden retriever's. I will post a pic of him for reference.
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