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Old 07-29-2009, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Zak is shaved but I want him to have a long coat, how long (guestimate) will it take for his hair to grow?
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Guess it depends on the dog....and how long you want it. To the floor? Just fuller?

If he's shaved and you want it to the floor, I'm thinking you'll have a while to wait - probably several months, if not more.
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They say Maltese hair grows like human hair - about 1/2 inch a month.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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At least a year if you want a full coat. It also depends on the dog (just like some people have hair the grows faster or slower, dogs do too) and a lot on the grooming.
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It really depends on his coat type whether or not you can grow him out. If he ends up having a curly or really wavy coat, it's best to keep it short (although not as short as it currently is).

It takes about a year to grow a full coat (to the floor) but it also takes a LOT of grooming and daily care. Also, you must be sure not to flick/twist your wrist at the ends of their hair (when it gets longer) or it may break and damage the coat. There are lots of members here who can teach you the proper technique and suggest products to get you started.

My favorite brush for a Maltese coat is the Madan Pin Brush -- it's amazing!
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Also, if you have carpetted stairs in your home and your malts use them a lot, it will break and damage the ends of the hairs, so the coat will not touch the floor exactly, but still very long and flowy. But if you have a great coat, then maybe it will. Depends on the grade of hair.

And most maltese show dogs have their coats rapped and banded, so their hair tends to grow faster. Hair always grows faster when it's banded back or put in ponytails, for humans and malts.
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From his picture, it doesn't look like he has the proper silk coat. His coat looks more cottony/curly and would do better in a puppy cut. I know he came from a breeder who was breeding designer mixes. They generally use dogs who are pretty far from the breed standard. Those gorgeous silk coats are no accident, but a result of very careful breeding and knowledge of genetics.

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I agree with Marj. Is he a mix? But he is adorable in a puppy cut anyways!
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I've grown out dogs from a close shave to a full coat in a year, so it is possible but I was working with a correct coat. That no ear hair and face hair is going to be a challenge for you though, since that is the slowest growing part of the coat.

I would like to see a pic of him when his tail is up and he isn't hunched over so hope you can take some more!!
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I may be remembering incorrectly, but I thought she had posted that Zak just went to that designer breeder for a brief time and then they decided not to keep him after breeding him to one of their poms (and not liking the outcome). Friends had given the maltese to the designer dog breeder so there is no telling the origin of the poor little fellow. I am glad he is now in a furever home to be loved and cared for rather than shuffled around like pocket change.

It may take a while to grow his coat, but during that time, you can work on his growing accustomed to being groomed. And even if his coat doesn't look like the beautiful show dogs' coats, he'll still be handsome, right?!!!!
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