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    How weird, I posted to this thread this morning and it isn't here. If anyone else notices anything like that, let me know!

    What I'd said was -- this is almost certainly Zack losing his puppy coat. They tend to 'blow' it, as the terminology goes, when they are getting to around a year old but sometimes younger and sometimes much older.

    So a lot of hair will come out then probably not as much again at one time. Cavaliers don't have an undercoat so a tool designed to help thin undercoats probably won't do much. If you twine a rubber band through the teeth of a comb that can help take out loose hair. Or the mitts work, or just brushing well each day. Different brushes are better than others. A soft brush won;t take pout much. I like my boar bristle brush for taking out dead hair but pin slicker brushes are good (mine hate them on their skin though so I can't use them for overall brushing). I use pin brushes with rubberised tips on the pins and that works well too.

    Different dogs shed more hair than others generally. Neither of mine are big shedders -- that job goes to the cats in my house!! However I grew up with a Great Pyrenees and a cavalier is never, ever going to come close in the shedding stakes to a pyr; now those are REAL tumbleweeds of hair!! Years after she passed on, my mom would find birds' nests lined with her soft hair which was still into everything out in the garden.

    Of course your best tool is going to be



    Judy I'd also be very cautious of using a blade tool. You aren't taking out dead hair, you are actually cutting his hair and thinning his coat with one of those. That may not be what you want to do and it is also easy to overdo it and find you've taken out huge chunks of coat that will take a long time to regrow. A thinning tool is really useful for adult dogs with very heavy coats that people might want to thin out. The Mars Coat King has a thinning tool that lots of cavalier breeders use and recommend them.

    Coat King:

    http://www.groomersmall.com/coat_kings.htm

    People recommend the 16 or 20 for cavaliers. Note they should only be used once a week or two weeks.
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    Thanks for all the info on shedding tools and coping mechanisms. I've looked them up on the web and bookmarked them. Karlin, that is great information, to know a dog will lose his puppy coat--that's probably what has happened. Does it go on for a while, a month or so, or is it a one time flurry? Zack's was really just a rather dramatic sudden one time thing, and it seemed to go away after using the furminator, and then came back in a few days but not as much as before. Now, it seems to be very little, though more than before it started. He really wasn't shedding noticeably at all. The weather is still pretty cool and the cat hasn't started shedding so i wasn't sure if it was seasonal. I never knew puppies shed their puppy coats before. that's good to know.. Someone I asked about this said their dog never sheds and it means that Zack is unhealthy, that it's some kind of health problem. that's just what i need, something to worry about that's really something normal.

    I feel well equipped to deal with shedding now. Thanks all!

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    No not health related, they blow their puppy coat and this can be pretty dramatic. Then it can happen as well for various reasons when they get older; stressful situations for example and bitches often lose their coat after having a litter. Most dogs will shed a winter coat going into summer as well. Did you know cat shows tend to happen in winter and spring when cats still have their winter coat as that is much fuller for showing than the summer coat? I never knew this til recently.
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