Preparing for my first shedding apocalypse. Advice? Experiences?

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Hi Everyone

I think my 10 month old Belgian Tervuren, Niko, is about to begin his supposed once a year coat blow. I really expected lot of regular shedding from this coated breed and I have lived with a Shiba Inu and a husky as a child as well as labs, and corgi's so I definitely know what shedding is LOL.

I was pleasantly surprised that from June until now Niko has dropped very little hair - almost non-shed. Just recently he is lightly dropping hair - nothing major at all. when it first started I was waiting for it to rapidly increase but so far it is steady light shedding. I have never been through a cycle with this particular coat type. Any Advice? Experiences anyone wants to share?

Would his once a year coat blow be hormonal? (He is intact) Seasonal? - just random? (my research seems to indicate random?...)

I am also looking for experience regarding how long it takes to regrow coat (his breeder requested I show him so we have been dabbling in that a bit while we work on our puppy agility classes :) I'm not sure what he will look like "out of coat" - Just slightly less fluffy? - or maybe a Malinois ?- not sure LOL!

I am also debating on whether to purchase my own heavy duty air blower or taking him to groomer for a de-shed type treatment to help release the hair. He has really required way less grooming than I ever imagined so whatever we need to do when he does need it is no problem :) Thanks!
 
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Sorry, can't answer questions, but I am very interested to know how you've found the first 10 months with a terv. And could it just be that his coat is changing to a more adult coat? No idea.
 

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Hi! Thanks for the response. :) Living with a Terv has been great. I haven't raised a puppy in 20 years and being involved with Niko's breeder before he was even conceived and seeing him develop every step of the way was so cool. I lucked out with a great breeder who is so supportive and was willing to mentor a newbie to the breed.

Niko is smart and likes to learn. He loves to give hugs LOL .I know every individual is different but I am far from a super experienced dog person and I do not think he was a difficult pup. There are a lot of descriptions that describe Tervs as not having an off switch. I don't find that to be the case with Niko. Again I am sure there are many different personality types in the breed.

He can be a touch shy here and there but he gets over it pretty quickly. My step son has a GSD few months younger and she and Niko have lots of play dates. It is interesting to see the differences. She is much heavier in bone, more brash in some ways but equally smart.

If you have any questions or want to start a thread about Tervs, I am always happy to chat about Niko :)
 
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