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 Post subject: Thinning coat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:24 pm 
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Our new guy has a pretty thick coat. What brush is best to use to thin the coat all over? I'm sure a lot of it is winter stuff... What would be best to help with it? Thanks all :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Thinning coat
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Melinda In Utah wrote:
Our new guy has a pretty thick coat. What brush is best to use to thin the coat all over? I'm sure a lot of it is winter stuff... What would be best to help with it? Thanks all :-)


Mater looks like he has a very thick coat, something seen very often in the parti guys in the show ring. I personally think the parti dogs have the thickest coats of the cocker varieties, based on what I have seen in the ring.
Have you asked your breeder for recommendations? He/she knows the dog and his coat best. Also, he may be transitioning from his puppy to adult coat, and the breeder should be able to advise you on how to take care of his coat during this time as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Thinning coat
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Do you plan to keep him in a shaved or natural back?

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 Post subject: Re: Thinning coat
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thanks Marianne! i didnt even think aboutbthe puppy to adult coat transition lol i have left his breeder a message but havent heard much yet! so any tips meanwhile are great!

Debbie-i am totally keeping a natural back! :-) it will be cut obviously lol but never shaved. I LOVE the natural back :-) he looks like a little fluff ball right now though! Lol I will take him to the groomers once and get everything done, he needs a sanitary cut too that I can't find much info on. After that I'm hoping to learn to cut him myself :-) but yes it will always be a natural back :-)


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Perhaps a coat king would help strip out the dead hair and keep the coat lying flat?

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 Post subject: Re: Thinning coat
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LucyD wrote:
Perhaps a coat king would help strip out the dead hair and keep the coat lying flat?

I was wondering if that would work! Can it be used on his legs and skirt and everything? Or is it best just for his back?


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 Post subject: Re: Thinning coat
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I use a 20 on the back, and an 8 on the legs and skirt to thin them a bit. For a show dog you would not use a Mars stripper on the legs and skirt, but for a pet that you are keeping in a longish puppy cut, it works out great.

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