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Coat Changes

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How much has your dog's coat changed as he or she has grown? How about from winter to summer?

The weather warmed up quick towards the end of last month, and has mostly tapered off to normal May temperatures for NJ. As soon as we had our first few hot days, Dexter began shedding like crazy. I guess it's the husky in him, because it certainly "blew". (And with our luck, the vacuum broke, so we had a nice layer of dog hair gathering on our area rug. Luckily we only have a few carpets and were able to borrow one!)

I wasn't expecting such a huge shed from him... but I was grooming him 2 or 3 times a day and still finding tumbleweeds of fur on the floor. My mom bought me an awesome retractable brush which makes grooming a breeze, and creates little sponge-sized dog hair clumps.

His shedding has finally started to taper off, and his coat feels different. His undercoat isn't as plush and soft. I'm hoping it's just a seasonal change, and not a puppy to adulthood change.
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Both my dogs started growing a lot more hair on the tummies when they got older, that is the main coat change I have noticed.

The 15.5 year old lab mix has the most amazing thick coat right now but she has had years where she first sheds the undercoat and then feels like a prickly porcupine until it comes out and she has a full double coat again. Her coat has gotten plusher over the years I think. When I got her as an adolescent I didn't know she had an undercoat. Man, she has an undercoat now!

I don't like soft coats. Soft means undercoat to me and undercoat means loads of hair all over the place. And with spaniel mix Max soft means stuff tangles in it. Silky is good, smooth is good, soft, not a fan.
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