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    Hello again everyone!

    First I would like to thank everyone who has helped me out so far in getting connected with good and responsible breeders. I am well on my way to picking the one I want my pup from! I think it will be a while before I actually get a pup though, I had no idea this could be such a long process (but I am so willing to wait).

    Anyways, I have noticed that some Cavaliers have thicker and wavier coats than others. Some of the breeders I have chatted with told me that Black and Tans, and Tri Colors tend to have the longest and thickest coats, and on top of that spaying and neutering also develops a thicker and even more curly coat, AND males more often have thicker coats than the females.

    This disappoints me, because my top 2 favorite colors are the B&T and Tris, and I was hoping to find a Cav who's lineage does not have such profuse coats. I would rather the top of the dog's back have pretty short hair, then nice feathering all below rather than thick all the way around :'(

    Has anyone else found this to be true?

    Because of coat type, I am considering a Blenheim as my #1 choice. I just wish for a Tri or B&T because I LOVE those little eye brows!

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    My tri has the most gorgeous coat of all four of my dogs. It is the silkiest and just what you want - shorter on the back but with beautiful feathering and a gorgeous tail. (But you can't have him!!!) He is almost all black with just a barely visible blaze and just the slightest necklace of white on the back of his neck. I believe his coat is called a blanket coat. My ruby has the thickest coat of my four. She is just a bear all around - thick, thick, thick. My blenheim has a nice coat and an unbelievably beautiful tail. He is also shorter on the back, but he doesn't have as nice feathering as my tri. Riley, my black and tan, has SM and her coat has really suffered due to her daily prednisone. I think their coats might depend more on the parents, but don't know for sure.
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    Oliver (blenheim, born 3/2001), Riley (black & tan, born 8/2002,), Madison (ruby, born 9/2003), and Oz (tri-color, born 7/2007)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love my Cavaliers View Post
    My tri has the most gorgeous coat of all four of my dogs. It is the silkiest and just what you want - shorter on the back but with beautiful feathering and a gorgeous tail. (But you can't have him!!!) He is almost all black with just a barely visible blaze and just the slightest necklace of white on the back of his neck. I believe his coat is called a blanket coat. My ruby has the thickest coat of my four. She is just a bear all around - thick, thick, thick. My blenheim has a nice coat and an unbelievably beautiful tail. He is also shorter on the back, but he doesn't have as nice feathering as my tri. Riley, my black and tan, has SM and her coat has really suffered due to her daily prednisone. I think their coats might depend more on the parents, but don't know for sure.
    You are right, your tri sounds exactly like what I want!!! Do you know what lines are in his pedigree and at least who his parents are? I would like to take a look

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    i will PM you with his parents lines - but he does have a heart murmur that was diagnosed at 4 months of age. I know the breeder is not breeding his mom and dad anymore due to that. He also had an incident of Episodic Falling Syndrome at age 4 months, which led to the diagnosis of the heart murmur. But he is a little sweetheart and the most loving and gorgeous of my four. He's also the most rambunctious and even at almost 3 years old, is still a pistol.
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    Oliver (blenheim, born 3/2001), Riley (black & tan, born 8/2002,), Madison (ruby, born 9/2003), and Oz (tri-color, born 7/2007)

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    Those eyebrows got me too! I have a black and tan but he's only 3 months so I don't know about his coat yet. Have fun. Can't wait to see photos.

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    I used to worry about getting a pup with a long coat but now it doesn't bother me at all.Basically if you start the moment you get your new pup and put the work into maintenence,you can manage any coat.You will need to invest in the right combs/brushes/products but your breeder can advise and help with that.
    I love the Chris Christensen products,I have the moisturising shampoo,white on white and the ice on ice which is a leave in conditioner and finishing spray.We have an 8 month old pup with a longer coat than my three year old and touch wood we haven't seen a matt or a tangle yet,especially with the ears.
    I have seen a few B&Ts which caused me to gasp at the coat(Dougal are you there?)....check out hairiest cavalier thread!!
    My mum's tricolour had the full coat almost down to the ground and all she trimmed for ages were his slippers until he had a misunderstanding at the groomers and came back shaved down....
    You can of course have a good groomer do some light trimming if things get too hairy,they do tend to pick up a lot of debris in the coat,but if your heart is set on a tricolor or a B&T,don't let the extra maintenence deter you.
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