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"unspayed females will 'blow' coat after every heat cycle."

The above quote is from an article about shelties;
however, Coco's mother blew coat after weaning Coco's litter.
I missed getting Coco spayed before her first heat....
and now am considering breeding her...IF
all her tests turn out with good results.....
AND if I begin to see her coat improve...
it was pretty, until after her first cycle was over...
At that time, I bathed and brushed her and then two weeks later
the groomer did....She came home noticaby "thinner"
in appearance, like she had lost weight in three hours...
but it was her coat that's thinner!!
I just dismissed it, but after reading
the articles I have found tonight....
I think I see the pattern here.

See the differences below.
(She has been silvering since the end of September....
and that's OK....
but will she grow a fuller coat back in and even out??
Probably just in time to go in heat again!!
Then her third heat cycle, I may breed her...
will she be bald after weaning?
Since her mother was affected by hormones with her coat,
I suspect that may be what is/and will be... going on.

What does anyone else think???

I know my setter blew some coat after
whelping and weaning, but I don't remember noticing
that she did after cycling.
Of course, the setter shed all the time,though!
Coco's "blowing of coat" I think has been mostly in the brush,
or when I use Best Shot, a lot is washed down the drain.
It says on the bottle...it will get the loose stuff off.....
And it really does. I don't even remember blowing her puppy coat
affecting her appearance this much!

Thanks for any input. I have a gut feeling the changes in
her coat are due to her age and maturing,
but also, due to heat hormones.

NOTICE THAT WHERE THE PANTIES WERE,
THAT SHE WORE DURING HEAT....LEFT THEIR MARK ON HER....BREAKING THE COAT ALONG
THOSE LINES....LIKE IT IS WHERE HER COLLAR SITS....
VERY NOTICABLE WHEN YOU TAKE THE COLLAR OFF.
NOTICE HOW THIN HER TAIL HAS GOTTEN AND HER CHEST....
LEGS, BODY...EVERYWHERE!
She eats Canidae, so I doubt it is diet related...but....?????????




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Thanks, Sue....really I love her
regardless of her hairdo....and
I agree she sometimes can be a beauty...
but lately, I think she should get her hair dyed....
or wear a wig-type body suit???
 

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Wow! You can really see the difference. I would agree that it is possibly hormonal. Hopefully, some other breeders will chime in.

We had a standard poodle who wasn't spayed. We had two litters of puppies with her. I do not remember any coat changes but then we kept her cut short during her pregnancies and puppy days for everyone's convenience.

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I have no idea about why the coat changes, since my Nicky is a neutered male. But. . . Coco and Nicky look very much alike! Nicky is 16 months old today and if I let his hair grow, his legs are much lighter than the rest of his body and the sun bleaches out the hair on his head. After grooming he's much more chocolate in color. His tail looks like Coco's in the second photo. It has never been as full as in Coco's first photo.
 

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On one of the threads awhile back, someone said that the coat can change up to 3 yrs. old.
Tuesday had a litter last Sept., she JUST came out of heat, and at 2 1/2 years old, her coat has gone from a coarse, wavey hair coat to this thick, silky hair coat. She has lost any coarseness she had in her coat. We found this strange, but she feels SO GOOD right now.
We feed Canedae also.
I keep flashing back on the 3 yr.old thing and figure anythings possible.
I admit that there is qite a change of coat in Cocoa...maybe you should have a thyroid test if it doesn't fill back in?
 

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thanks for the input......i have been obsessing about her coat lately.
sorry. just have never had one do this before.
I do appreciate your thoughts and comments, though.
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