Dog Breed Info


About the Coat Type
The Nordic coat type has an open structure, meaning that the top coat stands out because there is so much undercoat. This heavy undercoat lifts the topcoat, showing the coat growth pattern, but very little coat growth direction. The coat growth pattern will be most obvious in the contrast between the short hair on the head and legs, and the slightly longer coat on the body and tail. We see a coat growth pattern around the neck area, creating the beginning of a mane, skirt and trousers with slight feathering on the legs. The length of the hair on the top of the tail is typically the same as the jacket, and the length of the hair underneath the tail is typically the same as the hair on the trousers without giving a more or less feathered or fringed appearance. The amount of undercoat lifts the topcoat, giving a somewhat open appearance to this coat type, which is most apparent in a full winter coat, and less apparent in a summer coat. The lifting of the topcoat is due to the ratio between the topcoat and undercoat, which sets this coat type apart from the medium smooth coat type, which has a lesser number of undercoat hairs per topcoat hair. The Nordic coat type is determined, which means that the coat grows to an approximate or determined length and then stops.

Breed Example: Norwegian Elkhound

Trim Style: Naturally Nordic

Visible Coat Growth Direction: Yes

Coat Growth Pattern: Yes

Type of Coat Growth: Determined

Shedding Pattern: Block or Band

Coat Growth Terminology: Mane; Skirt; Trousers; Leg Furnishings; Tail Furnishings

Brushing Schedule: 2 Weeks

Bathing Schedule: 2 Weeks

Grooming Schedule: 6 Weeks

Styling Schedule: NA
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