Dog Breed Info

Overview

About the Coat Type
Breeds with the tight curly coat type have a coat that continues to grow to an undetermined length with no visible coat growth direction or coat growth pattern. There are cowlicks but they are only visible when this coat is trimmed very short, as on the Poodle in a Continental Trim. The tight curly coat type has a very dense appearance and a coarse feeling due to the curly structure of the coat. The undercoat and the topcoat are almost of the same length, however, when this type of coat is combed outward, the topcoat is slightly longer than the undercoat, which gives the coat volume. This type of coat sheds randomly in a mosaic shedding pattern. All coat growth patterns on the tight curly coat types such as the Poodles and the Bichon Frise are trimmed, with one breed as the exception, the Curly Coated Retriever. Unlike all the other breeds with this coat type, the Curly Coated Retriever has determined hair growth, whereas the rest have undetermined hair growth. The natural coat growth pattern on the Curly Coated Retriever is visible on the feet, pastern and muzzle, with the coat being shorter than the body and legs. It is also possible that the tight curly coat type can cord, only not as profusely as in the "true" corded coat type. Two types of cords exist, with one more round and evenly shaped on the Tight Curly Coat Type, and one that is more broad and flat on the Loose Curly Coat Type. To clarify further, the corded coat types are actually a variation of either the tight curly or the loose curly coat type, and are not really a distinct coat type.



Breed Example: Poodle Standard

Trim Style: Body Contour; Full Coated Jacket; Lion

Visible Coat Growth Direction: No

Coat Growth Pattern: No

Type of Coat Growth: Undetermined

Shedding Pattern: Mosaic

Coat Growth Terminology: Topknot, Mane; Lower Apron; Pom Pon; Puffs; Bracelets; Column Legs, Lion Tail


Brushing Schedule: Weekly

Bathing Schedule: 2 Weeks

Grooming Schedule: 6 Weeks

Styling Schedule: 6 Weeks
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