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Medium length hair, harsh; topcoat close and tight. Undercoat is soft and dense. Hair is short on the head and the foreparts of the legs and slightly longer on neck, chest and back parts of the hind legs.
The breed is watchful, energetic, fearless, alert, intelligent, friendly, eager to please, active, and steady, making a good herding and companion dog. Sound temperament, neither vicious nor shy.
|Detangling/Dematting||Apply full strength Moisture Plus liberally to the mat. Wait 15 minutes. Pull mat gently apart with fingers or comb.|
|Dry, damaged Coat||Our version of a hot oil treatment: Wet dog with warm water, apply Moisture Plus liberally. Wrap in hot towel for 15-20 minutes. Shampoo with Moisturizing Shampoo and rinse.|
|Dingy White Coat||Use Cleansing Shampoo on the first lather, wait 5 minutes then rinse. Follow with Texturizing Shampoo lather and rinse.|
|Increase Undercoat||Line brush daily with Maxicare as soon as dog is finished shedding|
|Showing on a hot, dry day||Use Maxicare as your only coat dressing|
|Showing without full undercoat||Texturizing Mist (diluted 50:50 with water) while line brushing will hold coat up long enough for judging.|
|Spot Whitening/Urine Stains||Use a small amount of Cleansing Shampoo full strength, wait 5 minutes and rinse|
|Extra Volume||Super Coat (diluted 50-50 with water) while line brushing. If very humid try Texturizing Mist instead.|
|Shedding around house||Spray with Maxicare and brush daily. Be sure to get down to skin. Nothing will prevent shedding completely. It is a normal, necessary process for these breeds.|