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Field vs. Confirmation Golden Retriever

So I have been kind of obsessing lately as to why Tessa's coat is so short and thin! She was never really fluffy (feeling a little disappointed) so I started looking into different types of Golden's.


I know that all Golden's have different coats and come in all shapes and sizes, but I am so used to seeing my big fluff ball Kora that I am now concerned that Tessa is really thin and furless!


I have read about Field Golden Retrievers and how they are leaner and not usually as fluffy! Kora is most definitely a confirmation Golden as she definitely looks like a show dog!


Does anyone have any then and now picks of a Field Golden? I guess I am just a little concerned, not that I don't think Tessa is a Golden, but that she will not have a full and beautiful coat like Kora!

I have attached a picture of Tessa and another golden her same age playing...Tessa is the one with shorter fur!
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If I remember well, your pup is 4 or 5 months old now. They go through a "flat coat" phase at about that age. I've posted photos of my pup, who is from field lines, when he was 5 months old and as an adult. The adult coat starts to come in (if I remember properly) at about 6 to 8 months of age. You will see a big difference. As you can see from the photos below, my pup had a very smooth coat at around 5 months of age and his adult coat is very different.
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I had the same concern about my pup, who's 9 months now... he had a flat coat for a while after his puppy fuzz phase, and at about 6 months, he really started to grow a longer flowy coat. I attached photos below (4 months vs 8 months). The difference is most visible in his tail, I think! He has SO much hair now that my friends sometimes tease me about when I worried he'd be flat coated forever
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If I remember well, your pup is 4 or 5 months old now. They go through a "flat coat" phase at about that age. I've posted photos of my pup, who is from field lines, when he was 5 months old and as an adult. The adult coat starts to come in (if I remember properly) at about 6 to 8 months of age. You will see a big difference. As you can see from the photos below, my pup had a very smooth coat at around 5 months of age and his adult coat is very different.
He's stunning, I love the Field Goldens.
And those whiskers are to die for.
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I think she looks like a conformation Golden and I bet her coat will fill out just how you want it. The dog in my signature went through a "naked" phase and had such short hair that people kept asking if he was a Lab! Nope, definitely not. My puppy is going through the transformation right now. She has a darker and wavy strip down her back that is hilarious, but the rest is still puppy fluff. Rocket is on Instagram if you want to scroll all the way to bottom and watch his transformation. eeveelution_of_rocket
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He's stunning, I love the Field Goldens.
And those whiskers are to die for.

Thank you! He's a beautiful dog and very good-natured. I hit the jackpot with him.

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Field vs conformation? Hmmm. Not necessarily. It all depends on the dog. Sometimes they have little coat at 5 months and develop a ton of coat. Sometimes they never develop it. Sometimes they have great coat from an early age and never lose it. It just depends on the dog.

Let me show you a few examples. These are all conformation dogs.

Check out this guy. His name was Freedom and he was a conformation dog. In fact, he was THE conformation dog. He was the #1 Golden Retriever show dog in the country for multiple years. Here is what he looked like at 5 months.



Pretty naked compared to how he looked all grown up.



(BTW, the ad in the above photo is by our own Anney Doucette. If you ever need an ad designed, or a logo, or anything having to do with dogs, hit her up. She's awesome.)

But some conformation dogs just never get a lot of coat. Here is one of my dogs at 5 months old.



And here she is last month. She's two years old now, and she still does not have a lot of coat.



So, a lot can change in a few months. Or it might not. Ceegee is right, you can often see a huge difference between 5 and 6 months old, but not always. Dogs are all different.

On the other hand, some dogs have great coat at a very young age, and keep it. Here is Sonny at 5.5 months old. Look at all that coat!



And for reference, here he is grown up.



And here is another of my dogs at 3 months old. This is Gibbs.



And here he is at five months old.



And here he is at about 14 months old.





Quite a difference. So, you just never know. Just love your puppy, and look again when your pup is about three years old. That's when Goldens usually have their full coat.

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If I remember well, your pup is 4 or 5 months old now. They go through a "flat coat" phase at about that age. I've posted photos of my pup, who is from field lines, when he was 5 months old and as an adult. The adult coat starts to come in (if I remember properly) at about 6 to 8 months of age. You will see a big difference. As you can see from the photos below, my pup had a very smooth coat at around 5 months of age and his adult coat is very different.
Thank you! Yes, Tessa is just 17 weeks today! I can only hope that her coat turns out as beautiful as your pups!


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Field vs conformation? Hmmm. Not necessarily. It all depends on the dog. Sometimes they have little coat at 5 months and develop a ton of coat. Sometimes they never develop it. Sometimes they have great coat from an early age and never lose it. It just depends on the dog.

Let me show you a few examples. These are all conformation dogs.

Check out this guy. His name was Freedom and he was a conformation dog. In fact, he was THE conformation dog. He was the #1 Golden Retriever show dog in the country for multiple years. Here is what he looked like at 5 months.



Pretty naked compared to how he looked all grown up.



(BTW, the ad in the above photo is by our own Anney Doucette. If you ever need an ad designed, or a logo, or anything having to do with dogs, hit her up. She's awesome.)

But some conformation dogs just never get a lot of coat. Here is one of my dogs at 5 months old.



And here she is last month. She's two years old now, and she still does not have a lot of coat.



So, a lot can change in a few months. Or it might not. Ceegee is right, you can often see a huge difference between 5 and 6 months old, but not always. Dogs are all different.

On the other hand, some dogs have great coat at a very young age, and keep it. Here is Sonny at 5.5 months old. Look at all that coat!



And for reference, here he is grown up.



And here is another of my dogs at 3 months old. This is Gibbs.



And here he is at five months old.



And here he is at about 14 months old.





Quite a difference. So, you just never know. Just love your puppy, and look again when your pup is about three years old. That's when Goldens usually have their full coat.
Your dogs are absolutely stunning! Kora looked a lot like your pups when she was little! I can only hope that Tessa's coat will fill out soon!


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