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So I have 4 months old GSD puppy. He is starting to have the adult fur pattern on the back. Is there a way at this age or 5-6 months to know how long his adult hair is gonna be? I have seen some very long long haired GSD and very short Long haired GSD. Some have way more fur on head even at adult age while some grow nice long hair evenly by 1-2 years of age. Is there some hair that could determine his adult hair like hair on ears or on paws etc?
 

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It's probably too soon to know for sure, but his parents' coats would be a clue to what he'll look like as an adult. There is quite a bit of variation, as you've noticed. Keefer's coat was very long, and got even longer as he aged, especially the back of his front and rear legs. Halo's coat was not very long at all, although her ear floofs were much longer than his. In addition to being shorter than his, her coat was very thick and dense, so textures can vary too.
 

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It's probably too soon to know for sure, but his parents' coats would be a clue to what he'll look like as an adult. There is quite a bit of variation, as you've noticed. Keefer's coat was very long, and got even longer as he aged, especially the back of his front and rear legs. Halo's coat was not very long at all, although her ear floofs were much longer than his. In addition to being shorter than his, her coat was very thick and dense, so textures can vary too.
His parents are both Medium coat(short thick).
 

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So I have 4 months old GSD puppy. He is starting to have the adult fur pattern on the back. Is there a way at this age or 5-6 months to know how long his adult hair is gonna be? I have seen some very long long haired GSD and very short Long haired GSD. Some have way more fur on head even at adult age while some grow nice long hair evenly by 1-2 years of age. Is there some hair that could determine his adult hair like hair on ears or on paws etc?


The best barometer for how he will look is to check out his dad. Males usually take on the fur pattern and length of their fathers, females their moms. It's not a total given, but something. Personally, I am hoping my guy is in between his mom and dad in terms of length.



Frisco at 5.5 months @ 62 lbs. (pic #1), his dad (pic #2), and his mom, dad and sister (previous litter), in that order (pic #3).

 

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You would have never known mine would end up looking like she did until she was almost 18-24 months. When she was young her colours, hair length, shedding patterns, basically everything, was different until she settled at about that age.
 

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The best barometer for how he will look is to check out his dad. Males usually take on the fur pattern and length of their fathers, females their moms. It's not a total given, but something. Personally, I am hoping my guy is in between his mom and dad in terms of length.



Frisco at 5.5 months @ 62 lbs. (pic #1), his dad (pic #2), and his mom, dad and sister (previous litter), in that order (pic #3).

Marco's parents have medium coats. I looked up his pedigree and none appeared to have long coat in his generations. Marco looks kinda like your Frisco but I hope it won't get too long. I guess only time will tell.
 
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