|Barked: Mon Sep 24, '12 10:03am PST |
|She is wooly.
Wooly-coated Sibes are still Sibes, but they do fall outside the AKC standard for the breed. A wooly coat collects snow and ice and hinders a dog's ability to do it's job, so breeders should be watching their lines to make sure that trait doesn't show up.
That said, there are long-hair genes in many breeds (including Mastiffs, Weimerainers, Rottweilers and more) that show up from time to time regardless of how careful the breeder is. It isn't always a mark of a sub-par breeder, nor does it mean the dog itself is sub-par (you just can't show it). As a family dog, the only difference is the amount of grooming you'll need to do.
When breeders have dog after dog coming out wooly, are actively breeding for wooly coats and/or presenting them as rare... Then you're looking at a problem.
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