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 Post subject: How do you get soft, flowing locks ;) ???
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:57 am 
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Hi everyone,
Anakin's fur has a wooly texture (see pic). I am trying to grow out his skirt but the fur is not soft and flowing like I see on many cockers. Is there something I should be doing to it or products I can put on it to make it soft?

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get soft, flowing locks ;) ???
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Cocker spaniels have different textures of coat depending on their variety and lines (pedigree). In addition, puppy coat is very different from adult coat. I'm not sure how old Anakin is. The first puppy coat blow is around 9 months of age. It is a hellish stage in which matting is a constant and continual problem. Once the puppy coat is fully blown, the coat texture usually changes, but not always. In some lines, a second blow occurs around 18 months, and then the coat is at its most mature.

If Anakin has experienced his puppy coat blow, and the coat has not hardened, then he probably has what is often called a cottony coat and won't have that hard flowing coat. There's not a great deal you can do-- some shampoos with moroccan oils sometimes will help straighten it a bit. Probably the best thing is a high force direct air dryer used correctly. We also use flat irons on our show dogs.

Diet can improve coats to some extent. I give biotin 5000 mg and coconut oil to my show dogs when trying to bring in more and longer coat. I don't know if it really works-- might be just giving it time is really what's improving it.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get soft, flowing locks ;) ???
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I asked my retired show dog friend if she had heard if neutering or spading makes the coat go curly she never answered me.. Coconut oil in shampoo doesn't work. I have given up trying to straighten his sides out. I never had let it grow out all the way. He get showered every five days.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you get soft, flowing locks ;) ???
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Time and more time, if you've been clipping his sides. I'm sure he won't look real pretty during the growing out period.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you get soft, flowing locks ;) ???
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I've been using a special type of shampoo that I got from Pet Street Mall and my Kaymu's fur has always been smooth and free flowing. You should try it..


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