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My doodle Daisy got her first haircut yesterday. It had gotten so long I couldn't keep up with the matting anymore. The groomer had to shave her real close, and I am heartbroken. I loved her shaggy look!  He told me the reason she was matting so badly is that she was growing her adult coat over her baby hair. Has anyone ever heard of this, or was he giving me a line of bull?? He did leave her beautiful face longer and her tail, but her body just looks so naked and skinny.


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Comment by Liz and Buddy on March 25, 2013 at 7:12am

Same thing happened to Buddy. Don't worry it will grow back very fast. His puppy coat was taken off at about 9 months and he looked very naked at first. Now that winter is trying to end here, we are working to get his coat shorter gradually. Instead of coarse curls, he has a wooly, cottony coat and it mats when it gets longer even though I brush him daily. In fact when I say "Do you want to get brushed?", he hops up on the grooming table. Thank goodeness he likes the attention, because he requires lots of it. I bathed him outside last summer, but after one muddy session with his friend Dozer last month, he had to be bathed. I got in the shower stall with him and Jim held the door shut so he would not push it open while I bathed him with the hand held shower head. Afterwards Jim threw a towel in over the top and I had him all toweled off before he got out of the shower stall. It worked so well, I think that is what we will do in the future. All the dirty water went down the drain as we went and he really did not get the house all wet.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 20, 2013 at 4:16pm

The groomer is probably right, to answer your question.

Yes, puppies lose their puppy coat and it gets tangled in their new adult coat as it comes in...  This is the dreaded coat change / matting stage.  It can start as early as 6-8 months or as late as about 14 months.  The whole process seems to take forever, but in truth it's about 3-6 months.  During this time, I usually suggest folks get their dog shaved fairly regularly, as matts do seem to develop over-night, and can be painful for the dog if not removed soon after development.

During the dreaded coat change, my 2 started getting huge matts right at the base of their ears (where I scratched them ;) and then it grew to most of their bodies...  That's when shaving became a necessity.

Once the coat has finished changing to the adult coat, you may find it possible to let your dog's coat grow out, depending on the coat, and the effort you are willing to put into combing/brushing.

Good luck, and know that even though your pup looks a lot different, they feel so much better!

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 20, 2013 at 1:25pm

Jody:  I hate to say it, but you almost have to brush them continuously to avoid the matting.  The reason I say I hate to say it is because you know the saying "Look who's calling the kettle black".  We are so bad about the  brushing and Pemon mats.  We take him to be groomed about every 2 1/2 months or even 3 and by then he is really matted. Reason being the cheapest we have found a groom is $75.00.  As a matter of fact we take him in after 2 months and get him a bath and touch up for $35.00, so that let's us . Go a little longer.   Daisy's hair will grow pretty quickly.  As long as they keep the the face and tail long, that's what matters to me.  And when they are growing their hair back they will get to a stage where they look absolutely perfect and you will wish she would stay like that forever, but that will never happen.  All I can recommend is when she starts growing you will have to brush her constantly to prevent the matting. 

Comment by Dee, Indie & Winstone on March 20, 2013 at 12:24pm
Jodie, Daisy's fur will grow back & hopefully you'll be able to keep on top of it whilst it's growing. I was told that puppies coats can change up to 6 times & it can be very hard going, as within hours they can get new matts!
Indie is now 13 months old & still has her long fur. It has never been cut but I do have to keep on top of it & have to brush it at least every other day. Any longer & I know I'm going to have an hour long session getting knots & matts out. I use a slicker to initially break up the fur & then use a large anti tangle comb to get right down into the coat & hunt down any matts that have not been brushed out. If there are any stubborn ones I use a matt breaking comb to get rid of them. I must say, if I was still working I would have her cut short but as I have time & patience still I will keep it long at the moment (this might change come the warmer months).
Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on March 20, 2013 at 11:31am

Jackson's "shaggy" look is a thing of the past.  But, I shouldn't be surprised since he is an f1b goldendoodle (mother goldendoodle and father standard poodle).  His coat transitioned at about 6 months and what was coming in was VERY curly!!  So now we keep him cut in the "traditional" doodle way of shorter on his main body and longer on his head and tail.  Our groomer does an excellent job (we go about every 8 wks.)  I only have to pay attention to his ears when he's been playing with his other doggy buddies and they tend to mat where they chew on his head during play.  It was hard for me after his first cut.....but now he looks very handsome, and curly.

Comment by Korina & Winston on March 20, 2013 at 10:55am

The same thing happened to Winston 3-4 weeks ago. I LOVEd his shaggy look, but it needed to be cut. He fur has come back thicker, but is getting the shaggy look back:) I am sure Daisy's fur will come in a bit for thicker and possibly more curly. That's how Winston's looks and he looks cuter than ever:) 

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