Re: Long or short/normal coat...
Gabby is a long stock coat as well, and I agree, less recognizable. People always ask if she's a collie/shep mix. I don't have a terrible problem with shedding and never paid much attention to the undercoat, but now that you mention it I suppose it is kept in place until brushed out. My DH tolerates my love for the breed but is much more a retriever man (he likes a happy-go-lucky, floppy eared look), but I catch him just sitting and staring at Gabby and he'll mutter,"she really is a pretty dog."
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