Collie Questions

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Collie Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 4/18/2006
I am a first time collie owner and am wondering on his coat. He is four months old and he doesn't have that full chest coat yet when can I expect that. I saw the sire and dam from the breeder and they were beautiful. My collie is full akc registered and I want to start showing him I am looking for a mentor yet where I live I couldn't possibly find anyone who has had the expierence of showing. I do have him enrolled in puppy classes and he is bored out of his mind so we do extra tasks that the trainer helps us on. Someone please help....

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4/21/06 Well at 4 months old, typically puppies are in the ugly stage for coat growth. Most collies, depending on the bloodlines, may get a nice puppy bloom at about 6 to 9 months, but they will quickly loose this. The true adult coat doesn't really show up until about 2 years old in some lines, but it could take as long as 4 years for a good coat in a male from slow maturing lines. Where in general are you located (city and state would help). You can also go to the Collie Club of America webpage and look up your district director for you state for information on your local collie club or other training clubs in yur area who show dogs. Your instructor at your puppy classes should also know how to help you find a mentorm even if it is in another breed, to take you to a dog show some time and introduce you to some collie people. Marla
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