German Shorthaired Pointer Q&A

Do all border collies have really long fur? Not counting the smooth-coat collies. My mum doesn't want us to get one because she thinks their long fur would be a problem with grooming and shedding. Is this true?

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For the most part, yes. They have a thick undercoat and then long wavey and eventually shaggy overcoat (by dead of winter). But it can be trimmed down to the undercoat for a "summer haircut". Makes the dog look "funny" for about 3 months before the hair starts to outgrow the undercoat The natural shedding usually starts around late June/early July. But if you give it a summer haircut, get it in early May, so by the time October rolls around they have their winter coat well on its way to flilling out.



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