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My boyfriend and I are adopting this pup from a local rescue. They think he has some Aussie in him, as well as some cattle dog, but they can't be sure. His mother looks to be an aussie/cattle dog mix with short hair. Dad is unknown.

I attached a photo of him around 7 weeks from the website, and one from a couple days ago when we met him at 8 weeks. He has ear tuffs and is quite soft, but I can't tell if his coat will end up short or longer like an aussie.

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Cute little guy! I'd say fluffy-ish, but without knowing what his sire looked like, there's really no telling how fluffy. .
 

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I love his colors! Especially on his face like it’s well-balanced! Maybe it’s gonna be long hair, but not as long as what you’d see on shih tzus.

My parents had a white puppy once but we don’t know her breed. She was not too furry like yours but she had kinda brownish white fur before and no matter how we bathe her, the brown stays. When she grew up to be an adult, she got fluffier than befotr and her fur color becomes all white. She’s a pretty dog☺
 

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Really hard to tell. Puppy coats do change as they become adults.

When I got my MiniS at 8 weeks old, I thought he was black & white. As he grew, his coat changed to salt & pepper. Now, I clip his hair he has changed to be more of a silver grey and white. Looking back at early pictures of him as a pup compared to now, I would think someone swapped dogs on me. He never did grow much of a double coat. His "wire" top coat never really developed.

I don't really care too much about his coat. He is my Shadow.
 

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Congrats on your new friend! He is ADORABLE.

When I got my MiniS at 8 weeks old, I thought he was black & white. As he grew, his coat changed to salt & pepper. Now, I clip his hair he has changed to be more of a silver grey and white. Looking back at early pictures of him as a pup compared to now, I would think someone swapped dogs on me. He never did grow much of a double coat. His "wire" top coat never really developed.
IME this is pretty typical of Schnauzers that are clipped rather than stripped, both the lighter color and the lack of a hard coat, because in the absence of stripping, the undercoat comes to dominate the surface area, and it's pale and fuzzy compared to the guard coat. I love the look of a hand-stripped Schnauzer with a nice hard coat, but it's just not feasible for most owners, myself included.
 

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Really hard to tell. Puppy coats do change as they become adults.

When I got my MiniS at 8 weeks old, I thought he was black & white. As he grew, his coat changed to salt & pepper. Now, I clip his hair he has changed to be more of a silver grey and white. Looking back at early pictures of him as a pup compared to now, I would think someone swapped dogs on me. He never did grow much of a double coat. His "wire" top coat never really developed.

I don't really care too much about his coat. He is my Shadow.
IME this is pretty typical of Schnauzers that are clipped rather than stripped, both the lighter color and the lack of a hard coat, because in the absence of stripping, the undercoat comes to dominate the surface area, and it's pale and fuzzy compared to the guard coat. I love the look of a hand-stripped Schnauzer with a nice hard coat, but it's just not feasible for most owners, myself included.
Yep. Pretty much any dog with a harsh, wiry outer coat and a softer undercoat that is routinely clipped instead of hand stripped will start looking lighter and seem to have a softer coat, simply because the longer guard hairs can't grow fast enough to cover the undercoat. Sometimes switching back to hand stripping will restore the proper texture, but it can take a while, and typically only works if they haven't been clipped all their lives.

I've got a friend who's terrier had to be shaved for surgery, and it took over two years of dedicated hand striping before his coat in those areas regained its proper color and texture.
 

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What a cutie!! I would squish that little guy lol. I think his coat will be what I call "plush", thicker and softer than say a Lab but not long and flowy like a Rough Collie. Whichever coat type he ends up with, I am sure he will be a great looking dog
 

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Guys, thanks for the input about the stripped coat on a schnauzer.

I was on the hand strip path for 18+ months. He just wasn't growing any hard coat. Sure he had a few wire hairs here and there, but nothing that would make a coat.

Anyhow, my base statement is firm. Puppy coat will change with age and adulthood.
 

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I think that's pretty common. With clipping having become so much more common than stripping, many mini breeders who don't do conformation aren't really prioritizing "proper" hard coats.
 
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