The sporting saddle coat type has the same coat as the sporting coat type except for the coat growth pattern. The coat growth direction on the jacket is clearly visible and so is the coat growth pattern that distinguishes the two coat types. This unique coat growth pattern creates a different shape jacket with short coat on the upper portion of the body and the longer coat on the lower portion of the body and legs. There are only two breeds that fall into this coat type, the Afghan Hound and the Cocker Spaniel, however, there is a difference between the placement of the saddle where the short hair on the top of the back blends into the longer hair on the body. The Afghan Hound naturally has a higher line than the Cocker Spaniel. The overall coat is a mixture of silky topcoat and soft, slightly wavy undercoat, almost like guard hair, only duller and softer. In cases of sporting saddles without profuse hair growth, there is a slight coat growth pattern around the pastern area where the coat is shorter. The coat growth on the saddle is considered to be determined and sheds in a block or band pattern, whereas the longer hair on the body and legs is undetermined and sheds in a mosaic pattern.
Breed Example: Cocker Spaniel
Trim Style: Sporting Saddle; Full Coated Jacket; Body Contour
Visible Coat Growth Direction: Yes
Coat Growth Pattern: Yes
Type of Coat Growth: Determined; Undetermined
Shedding Pattern: Block or Band; Mosaic
Coat Growth Terminology: Crown; Ear Feathering; Skirt; Leg Feathering
Brushing Schedule: Weekly
Bathing Schedule: Weekly
Grooming Schedule: 6 weeks.