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This is Chuppy a year ago, and I am currently maintaining it at this length. I think this is fine, since it's not fully shaving him down. He DID have a summer cut, and man, it wasn't right for my tastes! When he was 2 years old, he had extremely silky fur...then he got the summer cut (i had no idea it was a shave!) and now it's quite thick...anywhoo, I like it at this length now, since his fur is quite thick:
Did his hair grow back in with a different texture or just thicker?
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Mine grew back just like before it was cut. My avatar shows his at about 4 mos. after cut. Hair grows about 1/4 per month I was told but I think it can be faster than that.

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his hair grew out thicker not after that cut in the photo, but a summer cut (which is a full blown shave)

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maybe this should be a sticky.


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It got "sticky" a ways back

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Yes, his coat grows out beautifully. The section around the neck takes a little longer to get silky again, but for the temps here, it is the thing to do.
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Thanks for all the replies to my question. My golden's cut looked similar to Chuppy's cut in the picture. It seems to growing out slowly, but it's only been 3 months. Plus she has been swimming in our salt water inground pool A LOT! Her hair seems to be more straight than before the cut and it has a more straw-like texture and looks lighter on the ends. Someone told me it could take 6 months or longer for this to get corrected and to just give it time. Their golden went through a similar problem.

I'm wondering if the pool water and the sun may be lightening her hair a little. Her face and head have definitely lightened up...she went from dark dark reddish golden to a few shades lighter. She just looks like a mess right now. I feed her Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul...if any of you have heard of that brand.

Does anyone think I should take her to the vet to make sure she doesn't have any underlying issues? She is utd on all her shots and seems to be very healthy. She is super active, that's for sure!

Just hoping she gets her beautiful coat back!
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Saltwater will dehydrate her hair and too much will take oils from her skin and dry it out. I Wouldn't want mine on a steady saltwater swim diet. Mine swims pretty much daily but fresh water.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers coats are oily as they swam daily in salt water.
Saltwater and Sun are making her a California Girl.

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Use some sense people. I shave mine every year. But it is not a "shave" it's a about 3/4 of and inch or so enough where their skin is protected not a poodle shave. There's few with an agenda here. They think you shouldn't shave your dog and they are out to prove it and see to it that you don't do it also. Your goldens comfort and stress are secondary.
Like part about groomers being on the margin of the health care industry. Like saying my barber is almost a dermatologist.
To me, common sense says that the delicate white skin under all the coat is not meant to be out in the sun. If your dog is out on the water- lake ocean etc, it is even worse. Skin cancers are so common in goldens- from mast cell to melanoma- I think it is rash to take off any protection. If I did shave my goldens, I would be using the sunscreen on the dog. I have no agenda or vested interest in whether people shave their dogs; I just get scared by the cancer threads and the link between sun exposure/ skin cancer is convincing to me.

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To me, common sense says that the delicate white skin under all the coat is not meant to be out in the sun. If your dog is out on the water- lake ocean etc, it is even worse. Skin cancers are so common in goldens- from mast cell to melanoma- I think it is rash to take off any protection. If I did shave my goldens, I would be using the sunscreen on the dog. I have no agenda or vested interest in whether people shave their dogs; I just get scared by the cancer threads and the link between sun exposure/ skin cancer is convincing to me.
Practical experience here with people that are their dogs cut proves you wrong. Your "common sense" is the only facts you have. The dogs skin in the cuts I get for my dog, and also others, does not expose bare skin as in humans. Don't cut your dogs hair if you are afraid but don't go around preaching to posters not to. Without some facts pertaining to Goldens. From a credible source.
If your "common sense" was correct puppy's would catching it like wildfire as their hair is the same length and skin more delicate. According to your theory they should be flooding the vets with 3rd degree sunburns.

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