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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Long coated shepherds?

I have had 4 german shepherds and lost my last one 3 years ago. My wife (married 5 years ago) does not want a heavy shedding dog and it is hard for me to think about getting any other breed. Online I came across what someone is calling a long coated shepherd that has no undercoat and sheds less. I am looking for a dog for my family and don't care about show quality or anything like that. Would greatly appreciate anyone's thoughts on whether they truly shed less and also if you could know at such a young age (8 weeks or so) that a puppy is not going to grow an undercoat. Any recommended breaders for long coated shepherds would be great too. I really want another shepherd but would be great if there was such a thing as a shepherd that sheds less so that my wife is happy too. She loves dogs and loved my last shepherd. Thanks for your help and glad I found this site.
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True longcoats (no undercoat) are pretty rare. Usually when someone is talking about a longcoat, it's a long stock coat, which does have an undercoat. My two current dogs and one previous are/were coaties and all of them have had undercoats.
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It's my understanding the GSDs with long coats (and dogs with longer coats in general) don't drop their fur as frequently as the stock coat variety. The lifespan of the hair follicles on longer coated dogs is longer than those of dogs with short coats, thus the short coated dogs (like labs) almost seem like they're constantly shedding because those shorter hairs drop much more frequently. That's not to say dogs with long coats don't shed - they still do quite a bit!

Though when they blow their coats it's quite the experience.
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Our two long coats, have a thick undercoat. The problem with possibly shedding less, is because the hair may not drop to the floor, but becomes matted easily.
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just promise your wife you'll brush it everyday. then don't do it.
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ROSKO, GSD/golden retriever mix. Long hair. Sheds a lot.
Apollo GSD, short coat sheds a lot.
Athena GSD normal coat sheds the least.
Can't speak to a true long coat with no under coat.
But I have read they shed less.
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just promise your wife you'll brush it everyday. then don't do it.
Might have to try that approach
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True longcoats (no undercoat) are pretty rare. Usually when someone is talking about a longcoat, it's a long stock coat, which does have an undercoat. My two current dogs and one previous are/were coaties and all of them have had undercoats.
Thanks! I guess I am going to need to call some of the really good breeders and just let them know when they have one I want it. I am willing to wait for the right dog that will keep my wife from going nuts
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ROSKO, GSD/golden retriever mix. Long hair. Sheds a lot.
Apollo GSD, short coat sheds a lot.
Athena GSD normal coat sheds the least.
Can't speak to a true long coat with no under coat.
But I have read they shed less.
Thanks!
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Our two long coats, have a thick undercoat. The problem with possibly shedding less, is because the hair may not drop to the floor, but becomes matted easily.
Thanks - makes sense. I have no problem brushing to keep from getting matted.
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