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Someone just told me my puppy has a dead coat.

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CrumbledFeta Tue 10-Nov-15 19:16:06

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CrumbledFeta Tue 10-Nov-15 19:17:00

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CrumbledFeta Tue 10-Nov-15 19:17:35

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I've got a Springer x who is mainly long-haired. The short hair on his head and legs is sleek and shiny. The rest of him looks like a haybale.

He's fine and perfectly healthy.

I'd be cross if someone pulled his hair out though!

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 10-Nov-15 19:24:46

Take him to a groomer and ask if he needs hand stripping?

I used to have a wired hair dog who needed his coat stripping, it would come out easily when pulled and look dull and rough. But if your dog isn't a wired hair dog im not sure if they need hand stripping?

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Tue 10-Nov-15 19:26:32

I am not sure about cockers, but my GSDs shed in great big tufts....esp the shorter haired one

You can pull it out in clumps, t just reminds me they need a jolly good brush when I see it, rather than a quick going over.

hennipenni Tue 10-Nov-15 19:37:30

My daughters working cocker is the same, needed a good brush and some hand stripping to get rid of the dead puppy fur.

hennipenni Tue 10-Nov-15 19:40:24

Also what you feed him can have an effect on their coat too, you could try giving coconut oil to his food as that is good for skin and coat condition- you may find however that his coat is lovely and shiny once the dead hair is out.

fourpawswhite Tue 10-Nov-15 19:41:06

Mine is a parson not a spaniel but I had the same. Lots of people saying about her coat. Got her hand stripped, which I have never seen before, and what a difference. She looks fab. Lovely new coat coming in now. Hardly took any time at all. We normally just have ours natural but would highly recommend it.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 10-Nov-15 19:43:53

I don't hamd strip my current dog. Don't think she needs hand stripping as her coat is the texture of sheep fleece.

I use this instead and it's great for getting dead fur out.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 10-Nov-15 19:44:59

I learnt to hand strip my last dog myself. It's pricey at the groomers as it takes time. It's not rocket science though. Think I watched a YouTube video.

aginghippy Tue 10-Nov-15 19:45:02

Who was this person? Someone you know or just some random in the street? Did you ask for help or was it unsolicited 'advice'? hmm

I would be more inclined to believe a fully qualified vet rather than a stranger who came over and pulled my dog's fur out.

fourpawswhite Tue 10-Nov-15 19:47:25

Yes, I agree with who, my puppy is wire haired. If you take to groomer and they will know. Our other dog is fluffy so it's never been an issue.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Tue 10-Nov-15 19:51:20

do you not have a dog ageinghippy ??....everyone has something to say, it's worse with a puppy! grin
It's mostly why I walk in the middle of nowhere, but if I go anywhere busier for a dog walk, without fail I get "aren't they big" ....they are very burly GSDs....I now say "oooh I haven't noticed" And we march on while they are wondering if I actually said that.

CrumbledFeta Tue 10-Nov-15 19:51:29

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ender Tue 10-Nov-15 19:54:13

What a cheek! If this happened to me I'd assume the person was a weirdo and ignore them, and I wouldn't let them touch my dog.
I might give his coat a good brush when I got home though.

aginghippy Tue 10-Nov-15 20:12:08

Yes I do have a dog. People are always asking if she is a puppy and I am always replying how she is 6 years old, just small and lively grin.

The op said a stranger had come up to her and made critical comments about her pup, which worried her. It didn't sound to me like the person was being helpful, more like she was having a go.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Tue 10-Nov-15 21:49:30

11weeks?! He's just a cute little ball of fluff surely? That was their first thought? What a charmer.

Cheerfulmarybrown Tue 10-Nov-15 22:10:56

I expect it is just his lovely fluffy puppy coat. My 5 month old Collie pup looks very odd as his coat is changing to a grown up coat so he is smooth and glossy on his back and fluffy on his head but still very gorgeous.grin

SweetLathyrus Wed 11-Nov-15 17:16:56

Feta, I can speak from very recent experience here, since I have a 10 month old chocolate WCS. Chocolates do tend to be hairier than other WCSs, and the top coat will be gingery and dry. When he is older take him to a groomer who specialises in hand stripping/ cockers, the undercoat will be shiny and dark, but don't listen to uninformed randoms. Chigley looked like a Yetti until he was stripped , but I didn't take him for his first groom until he was eight months, by which time the top coat came out with no effort.

CrumbledFeta Thu 12-Nov-15 19:49:31

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Teapot101 Sat 14-Nov-15 17:17:48

If the fur is ready to come out you can thread an elastic band through a wide tooth comb and run that through. Should get a fair bit out. x

Shockers Sat 14-Nov-15 17:22:09

Our dog's fur was duller when she was a pup, but it's lovely now.

I use a furminator to get the dead hairs out; it's great.

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