by Acameron on 13 November 2019 - 16:11
Sadly, we feel our girl does not have strong enough nerves / even temperment to breed because we would love a duplicate of her coat type. It is absolutely wonderful not needing to vaccum multiple times a day. We just don't know if she is just a freak or if this is common in some lines.
Has anyone else has a similar experience with solid blacks or dogs with glossy shorter coats? If so, please advise. Thanks.
by Sersi73 on 13 November 2019 - 17:11
by astrovan2487 on 13 November 2019 - 17:11
by apple on 14 November 2019 - 06:11
by emoryg on 14 November 2019 - 08:11
I trained a black/tan that had a shorter, tighter and denser coat than most others. Any shedding came from his tail, which looked close to regular length, as did the guard hairs and undercarriage. The shorter length above the elbows was carried most everywhere else, even the hair behind the thighs was only slightly longer. I recall the hair on the thighs would get super dense, hard to comb and almost impervious to water. There was never a time when he blew his coat. This is a nice thing when you ride around all night with the windows down.
Astrovan mentioned his dog’s hair getting longer, which makes me think this dog had a little longer hair when I saw him after his service career ended. It may have grew longer before that. I never paid much attention to see if there was more sheen than the others. Seems like several of the DDR dogs I worked had a tighter, shorter coat.
My current male has a normal coat. Oddly enough, he only loses it once a year and takes just two days at the most to come completely out of it, which I’m sure my vacuum cleaner enjoys. I sure do.
by Hundmutter on 14 November 2019 - 12:11
Doesn't apply to Whites, though ! This one I have now blows coat to buggery - the inside of my car looks permanently like a snowstorm hit it, and I don't have a garment which doesn't have white hairs on it. I've always thought it is partly illusory though, black and grey hairs just don't show out quite so much, comparing the house cats I have had of various colours over the years.
by Sunsilver on 14 November 2019 - 14:11
by Rik on 14 November 2019 - 16:11
never thought about it, but my B/R showline was an absolute hair factory and it was a full time job just trying to stay even.
no idea if it was related to color or just dense coat of some dogs. and there are dense coated blacks.
by Hundmutter on 15 November 2019 - 03:11
The dog that was kept - and where I had time to notice his lack of shedding - had a Standard coat, but I suppose it was on the shortish, tightish side of that. His dam, also a solid Black, was a product of mixed GSD lines, largely ( Germanic) Showline but with some Working and some Pet dogs in her pedigree. She had a nice thick coat, even while lactating. I don't think her breeder had a very hairy house, as I recall ! This bitch was an 'inside' dog, too.
by Acameron on 15 November 2019 - 04:11
It's no substitute for a superior nerve and proper GSD temperment but the coat is WONDERFUL if you can find it. So thick and dense and low maintenance. Its now high on our wish list for future dogs. Our black female's coat is thick and all weather- she has to be coaxed inside sometimes in even sub teen temps- but just doesnt shed. Breaks my heart she isn't balanced enough in the cranium to breed.