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Longer fur coat?

Back in June we purchased our 2nd Golden, and he is now 8 months old, and almost 80 pounds. Both of his parents were full blooded "registered" Goldens and both had long fur coats. Sammy's coat is relatively short, compared to his parents, but he is starting to get the longer chest hair and also on the backs of all four legs. His tail is full. My question is.. how long does it normally take for GRs to get their attractive long coat? Someone told me up to about a year.
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Some lines take longer than others for the body to mature and the coat to come in--you should ask the breeders how long it it took for the sire/dam to reach maturity.
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I guess for my dog, it's going to take two years. Both his parents are gorgeous, so I'm sure the coat is on the way. It a blessing in disguise. People immediately recognize him as a puppy, even at 16 months, and cut him a little slack for his exuberance.
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Nugget is two now, but he really didn't have flowing feathers for a year. Now that his coat is full grown his feathers are amazing! Patience - they do grow.
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From what I've read GR's get their size in the first year, coat in the second, and brain in the third.
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Jacks was born with his brain, took him 15 months (give or take) to grow as tall as he was meant to Be, a few more months to fill out... and then he was a smudge over 3 before his coat really came in.

Bertie already has feathering on his front legs and he has baby trousers - this where Jacks had the dog equivalent of peach fuzz. o_O

So yes, lines matter.

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Buddy (3) has short feathers and adolescent chest hair. Which is a heck of lot more an he had when I rescued him this time last year.

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Rocket was born with gorilla legs in front. Full thick feathering. His tail started coming in at about 5 months and now at 7.5 months is filling in nicely. His pants are just now starting to grow in and look really nice. I'm sure his feathers all over will continue to lengthen and fill in.

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Mercy has fur that I believe is silkier than other Goldens. I could see the silkiness of her relatives when we first pulled into our breeder's driveway. She looks like a lion with her rounded head and mane around her neck. She has her chest hair now and fur is growing on the backs of her legs. She has her thigh feathers and a full tail. I still think her hair could still get longer on her belly and her knees.

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Max has a very full coat. He is nearly 2 1/2 now. His really started to fill in at about 1 year old. It takes some time. Be patient.
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