I have wondered many of the same questions with what my girls coat will look like. I am especially interested from a genetic side. For the most part, do they kind of fall in line with their parents? Maggie has a lovely coat and I am very interested in how it will change. Most of the puppies we have seen around her age have more coarse fur, and quite a few more curly. For now, she seems to be right in line with what I see of her parents. I know every dog is individual but I think there are generalizations that can be made.So do we really know if a soft and fuzzy undercoat that doesn't have the hard longer guard hairs over it is related to spay/neuter at all?
Maybe it's age?
Or hormones (and male and female sex hormones decline with age)?
Or a genetic predisposition?
Or central heating?
Or living near a windmill?
Or a dietary deficiency (or excess)?
I know I've seen it also in Spaniels - could it be related to gun dog or sports dog breeds?
Or dogs who swim?
I'd really like to know what breeders who stay in touch with their puppy owners say - but they might not want to say the puppies of their show champions don't naturally have super fantastic coats...
I'd just really like to know the truth - does spaying or neutering affect a goldens coat or not? I'm not convinced it does. I suspect it's correlation not causation. Does anyone have any evidence either way?