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From: Elaine <[log in to unmask]>
> Susie Q is very heat sensitive- a genetic tendency that has also been bred
> out of the show collies. In 2000 we let her shed naturally, and her tail
> shed almost all of the long hairs, looked kinda funny- I took pictures.
> This spring when we moved to Show Low it was a lot warmer than Angel Fire
> and Susie started shedding profusely!
Would you explain the "heat sensitive" a bit more... I'm curious what
you mean. Just a seasonal change in coat? I had heard that "show Collies"
were bred so that their coats "looked good" year-round, however impractical
that is! I posted a photo last summer of Bri in her "naked" stage, post
babies and mid-summer. She looked like a puppy again, no undercoat at all,
just down to guard hairs. If only I'd gotten a "before" photo of her in
March, pregnant with 9 pups + a *heavy* winter coat, after spending 6 weeks
in Ohio. She looked huge! During the transition (which I expedited by
giving her bath when it was clear the coat was going to blow) I swear I
could have collected a couple bales of dog hair from her. Incredibly soft.
Mary [log in to unmask]