The long and short of it

Due to irresponsible breeding practices and mixed-breed home litters, determining your dog’s coat type may not be as simple as just knowing their breed. Photo by Hayffield L on Unsplash

Double/ Single Coat:

Single-coated dogs:
Single-coated dogs have one layer of fur over their skin. This fur can vary in length as per the dog’s breed and characteristics. Single-coated dogs are assumed to shed less since there is less hair to shed in the first place. These dogs do not shed seasonally. Instead, the shedding is distributed evenly across the year.

Single-coated dogs have one layer of fur over their skin, making them easier to groom. Photo by dole777 on Unsplash
Double-coated dogs get rid of the old coat and grow a new undercoat twice a year, in preparation for the new season. Photo by Andy Lyell on Unsplash

Short/Long Coat:

Short coat dogs:
Generally, dogs with fur lengths less than 2 inches are considered short coat dogs. Such dogs are not prone to matting or tangles and are easier to groom. Pin and bristle brushes work well for their grooming. Remember that double-coated short-haired breeds (such as the pug or beagle) shed heavily.

Even short coat dogs can have a double coat. The pug is an example. Photo by Mink Mingle on Unsplash
Long-coated dogs have coats with a tendency to mat and tangle, and need delicate care for them. Photo by Inge Marije de Boer on Unsplash

Coat Texture:

All dogs, whether single or double-coated and short or long-coated, can have these coat textures — Smooth, Wire, Curly, Corded and Heavy. Photo by Hannah Lim on Unsplash
As far as our beautiful Indies go, you cannot be sure what kind of coat you’ll get. Photo by Pavan Naik on Unsplash

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