12-04-2011, 10:17 AM
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Grooming/ Shaving Border Collies
I am hoping the clever people of this forum can help me with some advice. I live on a farm in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. I own Three Border Collies with varying degrees of thick coats. My male has an extremely thick coat, my eldest female (Three years) has a very wiry kind of coat, I don't really know how to describe it. It's not a nice and soft. My other female has a medium coat, shorter than Zorro my males, but still quite thick and their seven month old duaghter Jess has inherited her daddy's coat. It isn't quite as long, but also quite thick.
I am looking for advice on the best way to groom them, especially Zorro with his thick coat. I have seriously considered shaving him, I have shaved Xena my three year old with the not so nice coat, not down to the skin, just shorter. I used an Oster no 3 blade. Here on the edge of the desert where we live temps easily spike 38 - 40 degrees Celcius. Summer is our rainy season, but they are all thunder phobic so if it rains 99% of the time they come into the house. Otherwise they live out. they prefer it that way. I just wonder if it would be cooler for him he has shorter hair.
Please any tips/ advice will be appreciated.