Miss Daisy is our 4th OES (though the other 3 were years ago) and we have never had this problem occur before. We have only had to have an OES shaved 1x before and that was on our second adult dog, when we let regular grooming get away from us. This is not the case w/ Miss D - she has been getting regular grooming 5 to 6 days a week for months, but now grooming seems to be making things worse, not better.
Before we shave her (or have it done), I would like to hear from OES owners who have more experience and better ideas about how to handle this problem - If there is a better answer at this stage than simply clippng her down to almost nothing.
Thanks for whatever help you can send our way - Miss Daisy, I'm sure would appreciate your input as well.
|Sounds like she is transitioning from her puppy to junior coat.|
It can be a real pain!
The black puppy fluff catches in the new hair as it loosens, creating mats.
The more thick coats are worse, for obvious reasons. If your previous dogs had a thinner or silkier coat, it would have been less of an issue. (But a less correct coat)
You have it right - you either can tough it out w/ daily line grooming, or shave it off and skip this phase.
Did you have your previous OES at this stage? - if you got them older, you got to miss this stage!
Whatever choice you make is up to you. If you live somewhere really hot, or if you like swimming and having water fun in the summer, trimming it off is a nice way to go.
If you are loving hair or showing, you get to plug on through this stage!
|Thanks! your reply is very helpful - we live in the Seattle area and the weather man says we should finally be getting a few weeks of fairly consistent mid to upper 70's weather - That's about the best we can hope for here this year, but given most of the rest of the USA, we're Not complaining. One of our other OEWS we got as a fairly young (3-4 mo) pup, and did not have this issue w/ her, so her coat must have been much less luxurious than Miss D's, whose is really full and lovely. |
Guess I'll just 'bite the bullet' and shave her today, so her coat has time to grow back somewhat B4 winter gets here.
Thanks again, much appreciated. - R -
|Ahh, good luck. I hate to shave that fabulous hair but understand the necessity once in a while. Before you shave I would do an experiment: Try line grooming her every other day and see if it is any worse than every single day. It may be the same amount of work, but with a day's break in between. When Bingley was going through coat changes I was always surprised that I could do this . . . and as we were showing and didn't want to groom too often in case we took out too much coat we would leave him for longer periods of time. Anyway - good luck!|
|I used to have the groomer shave Violets belly side, so it only left me working on the rest of her until her coat finished this stage. Her hair was so long you couldn't tell her belly was shaved. I didn't "show" Violet either.|
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