A question from the inexperienced

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Hi. I'm am Megan, and I am sure I will have a lot of questions over time that will see rudementary to all of you. But I truly want to know as much as I can about my dog, and my future dogs (I have a feeling I will aqquire more LOL). So here it goes. My first question is about my dog's coat. I just got him. He is 4 Months old. He was bought by an elderly couple originally who thought he was already getting too much hair. So they cut him all the way down!!! His hair doesn't even stick out now. He only has a very little bit hanging off his ears. I am still grooming him daily so that he will get used to it. But what I was wondering is how long will it take for his hair to grow out? At least to where he can have a topknot. That is one of the reasons I fell in love with the breed is because of there coats. the upshot is that I got a real good look at his features. He really is a beautiful Black&White. So, everybody chip in and tell me about your dogs coats! Thanks!!!!

-- Anonymous, August 24, 2000


Hi Megan A lot depends on the kind of coat your puppy has i.e. if it is a quick growing coat you will reach your goal quicker - obviously! The good thing is that he is only young so that at least he hadn't already grown an adult coat and had all of it cut down, still he has lost most of the first four months growth by the way you describe things - so how long before you have a topknot? Well probably another 6 months before you have some hair to put in a band, for a decent length topkot you will probably have to wait until he is over a year, but it will be worth it in the end. Just keep the coat clean and in good condition and carry on with the grooming, feed a good diet, carry out a good flea and worming programme that will all help.

-- Anonymous, August 24, 2000

Hi Megan - sound advice from Gloria!

I have just e mailed a friend in Arizona to ask for info on any clubs in the area - hope to hear from her soon. Although you won`t be able to show your puppy just yet, it is well worth taking him to classes for `ringcraft`, so that he (and you) get lots of practice when he is still young. They will show you how to handle your puppy, how to stand him correctly, how to move round the ring etc. It is much, much easier to teach them `how` when they are young. I`ll get back to you soon with information (hopefully). (:o)

-- Anonymous, August 26, 2000

Haven`t heard back from my friend in Arizona - will try a few others and see what I can come up with!(:o)

-- Anonymous, September 02, 2000

Hi Megan - have you managed to join any clubs yet? (:o)

-- Anonymous, January 14, 2001

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