LGDs-Is There a Short-Haired One?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by speckledhen, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I know it may be a dumb question and I know that the thick coats allow them to be outside in harsh weather as well as keep a predator from getting a mouthful of skin in a fight, but is there a short haired one? If not, which one has the easiest coat to care for? I'm not partial to long haired dogs, generally.
     
  2. Sammysmom

    Sammysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe the Anatolian does not have extremely long hair. At least not like a Great Pyr. I have a friend that has an Anatolian and his coat feels like an extra thick labrador coat.
     
  3. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    I think there is a Russian breed that doesnt have the long hair, trying to remember the name! Do Maremmas(sp?) have long hair?
     
  4. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    I'm not partial to long coats, myself...but it's super easy to learn to body clip a dog so you can have the benefits of the longer coat in the winter and a cooler, cleaner dog in summer months.
     
  5. Sammysmom

    Sammysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, Maremmas have long hair.
     
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Some Saint Bernards have short hair. It is still thick and will keep them warm in the cold winter months.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Kate, why am I having so many DUH! moments lately, LOL? Clipping is a perfect solution, isnt it? Be nice not to have to, however, you could go long in winter and short in summer. Kitty, dont SBs drool alot? Or am I thinking of another breed?
     
  8. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    LOL @ Cyn! My very good friend, FlightsofFancy, is a professional dog groomer and has SEVERAL clients in this area who have her do her LGDs 2-3 times through the summer months.

    and YES...SBs drool haha
     
  9. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    If their jowls are loose they will drool alot. Find a breeder that has tighter jowled dogs and the drool won't be so bad.

    St. Bernards were originally breed to be herd and watch dogs. They gained notority as rescue dogs due to the monistary in the swiss mountains. BTW-they can smell a person trapped 9 ft below the snow.
     
  10. warcard

    warcard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As someone mentioned the Anatolians have shorter fur, so do the Kuvasz. Or look for one of those breeds crossed with a Great Pyr and go for the shorter coated puppies.
     

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