Dog Breed Info


About the Coat Type
The loose curly coat type does not have a visible coat growth direction or a coat growth pattern. There are cowlicks but they are only visible when this coat is taken very short. All coat growth patterns that are visible on the loose curly coat types are a result of trimming, with the exception being the American Water Spaniel. Unlike all the other breeds with this coat type, the American Water Spaniel has determined hair growth, whereas the rest of the breeds in this category have undetermined coat growth and must have the excessive coat removed by trimming. The coat growth pattern on the American Water Spaniel is visible around the muzzle and the pasterns. The loose curly coat type has a silky appearance and a soft feeling, and are not as harsh feeling as the tight curly coat types. The appearance seems to be open, but the top coat doesn't have the structure and texture of a true, open coat.  This means the volume which is typical for the tight curly coat is missing. The undercoat and the topcoat are almost the same length, especially when the overall length of the coat is short. When this type of coat is combed outward, however, the topcoat is slightly longer than the undercoat. This type of coat does not shed like most of the coat types; instead, it sheds randomly in a mosaic shedding pattern. This coat type may occur in a corded style, with the cords broad and flat in their appearance, and if there is a visible coat growth pattern, such as on the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, it has been created by trimming the coat.

Breed Example: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Trim Style: Long Legged Terrier Jacket; Full Coated Jacket; Body Contour; Long and Flowing; Lion

Visible Coat Growth Direction: No

Coat Growth Pattern: No

Type of Coat Growth: Undetermined

Shedding Pattern: Mosaic

Coat Growth Terminology: Fall, Rectangle Mustache and Beard, Lower Apron, Skirt, Column Legs

Brushing Schedule: Weekly

Bathing Schedule: 2 Weeks

Grooming Schedule: 6 Weeks

Styling Schedule: 6 Weeks
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