Ennierda - I am in a quandary! I love her coat and think it looks fab the longer it gets, BUT I know it won't be long until her adult coat makes it difficult to groom, and she already seems to get pretty hot in the hot weather (and it's been beautiful weather here, but not exactly a heatwave), and when she is old enough (only a couple of months away) I plan on having her run with me and I think she might expire if she wears a fur coat while jogging!
Plus, I do love seeing 'Lo and Kendal's girls all nicely trimmed, I just worry that Rosie won't look like Rosie if I get her trimmed! I think I'll wait another couple of months and then do it. Maybe keep her short in the warm months and shaggy the rest of the year.
Kendal - it's funny, I always think she has a reddish hue, especially in the sunshine, although she was very definitely chocolate when we got her. My daughter is flame haired (and it gleams in the sunshine) and I think Rosie is copying her!
Dylan is also getting quite gingerish around his face - so pretty in the sun! Louise I was just like you about haircuts - Dylan was 8 months old and really dishevelled before I took the plunge. As long as you keep her face rounded and keep her beard, she will still look like Rosie. If you can keep more than an inch on the body and keep the legs as bushy as possible, she will still look quite shaggy. And even if she's cut shorter, it grows really fast. I've now actually got so used to the shorter cut that I prefer it to the shaggy look, and it's so much easier, especially if they like puddles and water like Dylan does.
I prefer to get the hair trimmed a little on the face, so that their eyes are cleared. My family didn't like it at first when we could see Dylan's eyes, but I think it's mean to keep them covered up with hair! Just think how annoying we would find it if we couldn't see out properly. Here are Dylan's before and after pics of his first haircut.
I was like Dylansmum and reluctant to get Flo's fur cut, didn't like it shorter at first but now prefer to keep her around 1.5 inches all over. A bit like not wanting to get your toddlers baby curls cut off. In the end practicality won so she is not getting too hot, can see where she is going, is easy to keep matt free, doesn't have to endure hours of grooming each week and can whizz round the agility course without lugging a long fur coat round.
I feel the same way as you guys and have Betty trimmed to about an inch to an inch and a half all over and just have her face tidied up - she got conjunctivits when she was really young and since having her face tidied up it hasn't happened again. Its the bits between their eyes that get really in the way and their "fringe" bit ends up getting so long it flops into their eyes. I wish i could have kept Betty looking as she id as a puppy but now a week or so after she's been cut she looks back to her usual self.
Rosie is such a cutie and looks very similar to my friends new choccie girl cockapoo!
Ha, so funny - with both Dylan and Flo's pictures, I scrolled down to the first one and thought "oh, I could get Rosie clipped like that and she would still look like Rosie" and then realised they were the BEFORE pictures!!!!!
I'm just going to have to accept that I will have grooming grief when I finally pluck up the courage to get it done.