#2Doods A to Z: UNDERCOAT

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


First, what is an undercoat? From dog.com: "Most dogs have three types of fur: Undercoat, guard hair and whiskers. The undercoat lies closest to the dog's skin and grows in clusters from a single follicle. The undercoat has a soft, downy appearance and works to protect the skin from cold weather."

But not all dogs have undercoats, those that do are deemed double-coated. For example, Poodles do not. But Golden Retrievers do. That is why first generation Goldendoodles aren't guaranteed to not shed. Collies have an undercoat. Um, Murphy is 50% Collie, 25% Golden Retriever and 25% Poodle. We are already seeing signs of the undercoat shedding with spring coming. Joy, joy!

A young Murphy getting brushed.
So Cooper needs to be brushed a couple times a week to prevent matting and Murphy will need it to reduce the shedding in the house. Be sure to read my post on GROOMING.

Doodle on!

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  1. So cute. Is there anything better than a sweet doggie?!

    1. I agree!! Thanks for stopping by...hope your downsizing is progressing well.

  2. Our lab may be short haired but he sheds like crazy. Seems he's always getting a new coat for each new season. Weekends In Maine

    1. I sometimes think short-hair dogs shed worse than long! LOL!

  3. Cute pic of your dog :-) During spring and autumn my Rotties need to be groomed much more often -- especially Tony with his surprisingly long coat.

    Ronel from Ronel the Mythmaker A-Zing with Everything Writerly: U is for Understanding

    1. I never pictured a Rottie with longer hair! After having both short and long haired dogs, I think I prefer the long hair for grooming ease. LOL!


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