An acquaintence is thinking about getting a small breed dog and
knowing I have a maltese, asked me about malteses. She said she
read somewhere that some malteses go through a "coat change."
Personally, I don't recall my Amanda every going through a coat
change, or if she did, I didn't realize is.
Can anyone tell me what a coat change is (or how to recognize it),
when it occurs and if one should do anything differently as far
as care? Is this at the time they go from like puppy hair to an
adult coat. I am just baffled by this question. Thanks for any
- Some Maltese go through a coat change and other's do not.
Those that do this can experience a change for the better OR
for the worse. Generally, at the time of sexual maturity (6-8 mo.)
we have seen SOME of our Maltese go through a coat change - some
have even done it earlier. What happens is that the very texture
of the coat, as it is growing, changes. Sometimes you can even see a "line"
on the side of the dog as it grows in. There is really nothing you should
change as far as grooming is concerned - you must simply be more alert and
attentive in case your coat is changing into a texture that needs grooming
more often. In our case we generally find a better coat coming in behind
what we call the "puppy coat" and we end up trimming off the "ends"
(gradually as the coat grows) so the coat has a consistent and healthy look
Larry Stanberry - Divine Maltese
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