Straight, Wavy & Curly Coat Info
In this tab, I will to explain the difference in coat types, with the curl gene.
There are 3 different curl coat types-
-No Curl/Straight (-/-)
No Curl- also knows as a straight coat (Note: Not called a Flatcoat... Flatcoat is explained in the Shedding Info Tab). You cannot visibly tell the difference between a no curl and a wavy coated dog. These are dogs of ours that are considered no curl (or straight coat)
When breeding these dogs, they can NEVER produce a curly puppy!
Wavy Coat- Visibly looks the same as a no curl/straight coat dog. They are also described as the teddy bear look. These are a few of our dogs that are tested to be wavy coated.
Curly Coat: This coat type is curly... like a poodle coat. Some curly coats can be thinner than others, and some can be a really thick. (Same as poodles). The geneticist and labs just discovered another test they could run, on the gene- weak furnishings. This also can help with knowing the thickness of the coat. But a curly coated dog, will have hair on top of the head that will stand like an Afro instead of falling over or parting in the middle. Also, if the hair dries naturally, it will kink up into tiny ringlets. Here are a few pictures of our curly dogs
We are very appreciative that we have genetic labs that can tell us what genes our dogs carry (and do not carry!) Thankfully, this allows us to know what we will produce in our litters!
For instance, this is the percentage.. that is expected when breeding different coat types together:
No Curl X No Curl= 100% No Curl
No Curl X Wavy= 50% No Curl, 50% Wavy
No Curl X Curly= 100% Wavy
Wavy X Wavy= 25% No Curl, 50% Wavy, 25% Curly
Wavy X Curly= 50% Wavy, 50% Curly
Curly X Curly= 100% Curly
As this is science and proven at Genetic Labs... Nature is Nature and the percentages can be a little pulled to one side or the other. There are lots of genetic testing we have not figured out yet...
So even as above... this is what is expected, but as written in my pet adoption contract:
The Breeder has made a reasonable judgment regarding the eventual adult coat of the puppy. However, as these are living beings, this judgment does not guarantee the eventual adult coat nor is there a guarantee of the eventual allergy-friendliness, degree of shedding or color of the coat at maturity.