So, it’s been a while since I’ve visited the forums but I’ve been really busy with my new job and life in general. Anyways, I thought this the best place to turn for a question about Lab coats lol. Teller was a rescue from a local shelter, I got him at 13 mos and while they labelled him as a mix - according to them because he was too leggy and slender to be a full lab (I asked) - but his trainer, who is around the FT circuit and does dock diving with a bunch of labs laughed this off and told us he looked like any lab from working/pet lines she had seen; she also said he was in his ‘awkward teenage phase’ and would definitely fill out as he matured over the next year or so. Well, she was right about that! He’s a tall boy (as mentioned) standing at the upper-end of the American standard at 24” but was a mere 45 lbs when he came home. He just turned 3 this past August and now he’s 80 lbs with lots of muscle. Since filling out he has more of that ‘solid’ lab look about him, although he’s still sort of leggy and lighter in bone, I’m positive this is mainly owing to his being neutered at just 4 months of age at the shelter’s doing. Of course it doesn’t matter whether he’s 100% lab or not because he’s my lovely yellow boy, I just think it interesting that he is like prototype lab in terms of traits and personality and can’t see any other breed traits in him. Right, boring background aside, I’ve had all sorts of people ‘question’ his breed, some rather forcibly and passive-aggressively; I know most people are ignorant when it comes to dog breeds and the differing ‘types’ found within certain ones and that I shouldn’t be bothered but sometimes it annoys me. I don’t know if it’s because we Americans tend to either go over- or underdone with things (including dogs) and 95% of people are used to seeing those cumbersome show-line labs we churn out with barely any leg or what... Now to the point of the post - sorry about the rant lol - the other day a lady came up to pet Teller (a common occurrence) and says, “Oh, this is probably the most handsome lab mix I’ve seen, usually they look like total mutts.” I sort of awkwardly brushed her comment off by saying he’s a lab - not the best bred specimen - but from working or pet lines. She looks at me and says, “How could he be a lab, he has such a short and thin coat! No, I think he’s probably a pit mix. Does he like the water?” I told her that you couldn’t keep him out of water and was thankfully spared any continuing conversation by virtue of my friend arriving with our drinks. Afterwards I was mad for probably longer than I should have been but sadly this isn’t the first time this specific comment has happened. For the record Teller does have a rather pathetic coat for a lab lol. I even asked the vet if it was due to poor nutrition and he said some labs don’t have that nice thick coat prized in the show ring he also said it might have something to do with our living in a subtropical climate. His coat is hard to describe... it’s quite short and thin but not at all like his Pointer brother nor is it anything like a pit bull’s or any other single-coated short-haired breed. For one it’s not soft and velvety as any of the aforementioned and for another it’s noticeably thicker, longer (especially on his back). He also sheds a literal ton, mainly in fall and spring but doesn’t blow big hunks of undercoat because he barely has any at all! The only time you really notice his undercoat is when he’s wet, it’s thickest around his neck, back, and bum but nonexistent on his sides, chest, and stomach (in fact his underside is mostly bare). Even so his coat does repel water and bathing him is a pain because you really have to work to soak the hair through and get the soap in; you can brush the water right off his coat. The texture is coarse and stiff, not super oily but were you to try and part the hair you’d meet with resistance, although it’s smooth to the touch. Compounding the problem he has a really striking ‘chinchilla effect’ going on and it makes his coat look shorter than it would were he a solid yellow. Does anybody else have a lab with an ‘improper’ or odd coat? Is this just one of those random things amongst those dogs not in the show ring? It doesn’t matter in the end but I am curious.