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I have had so many people ask me this question that they have me wondering. Neither one of Trixie's parents had long coats but my vet told me that maybe down her line there was some. I have sent an e-mail off to her breeders to see if they know but i haven't heard from them yet so i was wondering if she is to get an outer layer at what age will that happen? and does she look like a long coat to you? Thanks....


This is a picture of her right before we got her



This is her recently
 

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Looks like a long coat to me. I can't believe that the breeder didn't tell you you were getting a "coated" puppy!

You don't have to have a "coated" dog to get coated puppies.
 

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Looks like she'll be a gorgeous long coat. Sable longcoats...


Quote:I can't believe that the breeder didn't tell you you were getting a "coated" puppy!
Ditto. Long coat is a fault per the breed standard and puppy buyers need to be aware of this, but they are so beautiful nonetheless. We have quite a few amazing longcoats on this board, all nothing short of beautiful.
 

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She's a gorgeous pup!!
 

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I'll take her if you decide a coat is too much fluff!!
She is a beauty!!! I love her eye highlights, too.
 

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If a breeder has been in the business for a while, he/she should know if the pup is a long coat. One way to tell for sure is that there is longer fur around the ears.

Nevertheless, the puppy is beautiful.
 

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If you werent informed you were getting a coated gsd I dont think I would be too happy. I love coats. Fault or not, they are special in their own right. What a looker!! I would let the breeder know and take it from there. She is a coat.
 

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I had a couple of pups in one litter which were suspicious - a show breeder told me they were coats, one ended up normal, and another plush with just a tad of plush extra on the ear base - maybe....maybe a coat, maybe just plush. It is not not always easy to be sure. This one looks like she is shedding out like my plush pup who is not a coat...If she is a coat, it may be a minimal just barely plush rather than a real long coat.....so don't get tooo hyped at the breeder.

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girlI'll take her if you decide a coat is too much fluff!!
Me too, me too. She's a beauty and I'm sure you love her to pieces.
 

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I beg to differ. It does make a difference. This deals with integrity and trust between the breeder and client. A customer usually goes into a financial agreement trusting a reputable breeder and expecting to receive the breed standard. An experienced breeder should know the difference between a short or a long coat by 7-8 weeks and given the customer the choice to accept the pup or wait for another litter.

I have my first long coat and love her very much. She needs a bit more maintenance with her longer hair and noticed she pants quicker in the heat quicker compared to a short coat.
 

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Onyx pants more than Kacie(LC) and it is because of her anxiety,IMO. Kacie loves to get in the water every chance she gets. She is brushed regularly and her coat isn't really much thicker than Onyx, just longer. I would take a coat any day over a stock:))
DHau, you are right about the maintenance, when it is muddy or wet out, I have to rub Kacie down, where Onyx is clean and no muddy prints from her paws.
 

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I do not think there is a dog anywhere that shed as much as Frodo and he had the shortest stock coat I have every seen, but I digress.

Maybe the pup is a coat. Kind of looks like it to me, but I have never owned a coat and never owned a sable. In my first litter I had a pup that looked almost grey to the other pup's black. I thought Cujo was a "blue." I did not try to sell him. He was supposed to go to my sister, but my parents got him. His grey became black and he is certainly NOT blue.

While I do not breed for blues, I know that people do and sell the pups at an inflated rate because it is "rare." It is a really serious fault and reputable breeders used to cull their litter of blues, livers, and whites. My guess would be that the breeder couldn't tell. You can be experienced, having several litters with no coats, until you introduce the gene. So you could have bred six or seven litters and then bred one of your bitches to an outside dog, only to find some of the pups fluffyier than what you are used to. Since the boy wasn't a coat, and the owners did not mention coats in their line, you may think it is just a little different then how your dogs generally develop their coats.

It is possible that this was an experienced and reputable breeder who had her first litter with coats in it.

Again, not a big deal if you are not showing. But if you perfer the look of the shor stock coat than, maybe you can exchange the pup if you contact the breeder.
 

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I've had 4 coated GSDs. All came to me between 7 and 9 weeks of age. All of them were obviously coated. By coated I mean NOT a "normal" stock coat. While they were all "coated" none had the exact same length or thickness of coat as adults. But they were all "fluffy" like this pup was in the first picture.

It will be interesting to see what the breeder has to say. (Hopefully the OP will let us know.) I just find it hard to believe that the breeder didn't notice this pups coat was "fluffy". Unless this is their first litter and all the pups were coats. (Which I doubt since the sire and dam are both stock coats.

She is still a beautifull pup.
 

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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeowWho care if she has a long coat? Unless she's going to show her it doesn't matter one bit. I'm sure she'll love her just as much as if she had a standard coat.
The thing is maybe it DOES matter. Some folks just don't like the longer coats. Doesn't make them bad people, just like having a long coat doesn't make a dog a "bad" dog. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Anyone getting a pup should be given the CHOICE of taking coated pup rather than a stock coat. Not just have one given to them without them knowing.

If I was buying a pup and was given a coated pup (without me first telling the breeder I didn't care about the coat length), I would be FURIOUS.
 

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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeowWho care if she has a long coat? Unless she's going to show her it doesn't matter one bit. I'm sure she'll love her just as much as if she had a standard coat.
The thing is maybe it DOES matter. Some folks just don't like the longer coats. Doesn't make them bad people, just like having a long coat doesn't make a dog a "bad" dog. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Anyone getting a pup should be given the CHOICE of taking coated pup rather than a stock coat. Not just have one given to them without them knowing.

If I was buying a pup and was given a coated pup (without me first telling the breeder I didn't care about the coat length), I would be FURIOUS.
I have never purchased a dog from a breeder and it is obviously a very different mentality than adopting. I'll leave it at that.

The OP pmed me asking about her dog's coat b/c I said my first dog looked like that as a pup. Then I looked closer at the pics and said I thought she was a long coat (my dog wasn't, just a thick coat) so I recommended she post here. She seems to love her pup very much and wasn't upset about the coat, just curious.
 

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Thank you all for your replies and let me say that it does not in the least bit matter to me other than the fact i'm asked by others so much if she is that i got curious to know myself!! I love her to pieces!!!
I will certainly let you all know what the breeders say ( when i hear from them ) Someone mentioned the hair on the ears and boy oh boy is that Trixie...cleaning her ears is a challenge for sure when you can't find them, lol. She isn't going to be a show dog or anything so i'm really not upset about it. Just nosey. Besides, how can you look at that face and not love it?
 
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