How does salty water (sea water) affect your weims coat? How does sun affect your weims coat?
Does the coat become brownish???
Do you have some advices how to take the best care of a coat during the summer vacation, and/or how to protect the coat? I heard about one oil that is a good thing to put for a shiny glossy coat effect. I think this might protect the coat well from salty water... What do you think?
I ususally do not put anything on the coat. Just feeding the dog correctly by adding every second day olive oil into the food and regular bathing in sweet water after the swim in lake, to clean any possible fungus. And regular brushing. But I am open to new oppinions/advices as well!
Our longhair and shorthairs are swimming almost dayly and by turn in the sea or in canals. Spending also most of the time outside even taking sunbaths. As far as I can see it has almost none influence on their coat. And bathing is something we only do if they have roled in something stinky like fish or other shit. But otherwise we don't have to bath them.
Cassie (a longhair) seems to be fine in the sun and sea. We did have a couple of learning points... We needed to brush the salt out of her coat, as otherwise it matted the undercoat, and looked horrible . When we got back from holiday, I'm afraid it was bath-time, just to make sure that there wasn't any left . The other thing - I felt so stupid! We left her half-check chain on, as she went into the sea, and the metal rusted, and stained around her neck a little! So I would recommend either a fabric collar, or swimming "nude" - your dog, I mean! ;D
There's a benefit to swimming in the sea. We lived by the ocean and my dog's swam every day the weather was decent. We never had fleas. I never had to use a flea product. The nylon collars purchased for hunting dogs work great for swimming and make your dog more visible in the water.
Hmm - Louis is in the sun all day every day and even lays on the grass and 'sunbathes'. Our pool is salt water and he is in and out of there as well. His coat looks and feels lovely - no discolouring at all (but of course he is a shorthaired Weim). I was always under the impression that the 'brown' colouring is particularly prominent in some dogs when they are coating approx 2 times per year. I did see it a lot in different dogs when I was actively showing in the UK and it was usually put down to the dog changing their winter coat. There again, have you tried brushing out any loose hair?
My two love the sea and the water - both SHs and both are in the water the same amount. Both have very different coats. Zola is very sleek and smooth whereas Belle always feels more wirey. Both are fed the same so the only difference is that Belle sun bathes.
I have the same problem here. during the summer we have very hot weather and a lot of Sun and our dogs are alays outside during the day. the darkest ones are not very affected but the lighter grey get brownish also. I've tryed everything but we can't help it. when we take them to the beach we always give them a bath after.
There again, have you tried brushing out any loose hair?
I have a rubber grooming mitt and regularly brush out the loose hair. It is wierd here though as Eric is in aircon most of the time and then out in the heat so he moults a lot as I guess his coat doesn't know where it is
My Blaster just loves sunbathing and I can see that his fur becomes a little bit more brown since the spring starts. But I think it's impossible to avoid spending time on the sun so I don't get really worried about that as it's not so much visible. Actually I've noticed that some weimaraners are lighter and more silver than others just by nature. And nothing influences it- that's just the way it is. My Blaster has always had a little bit of brownish glimmer on his fur. So I believe there are two colours of weims probably depending on the lines they are from and countries they live in (weather and climate). And I sometimes get an impression that it all depends on the light- I mean where your dog stands at the moment, what angle the sunbeams go onto your dog and on the part of a day. Sometimes he looks very silver and sometimes if he's standing in the full sun a little bit more brownish. As far as the sea water is concerned I haven't noticed any negative influence. But my is also a short-haired one. Hugs Magda&Blaster
"WEIMARANERS ARE LIKE WINE, THE OLDER THE BETTER" WEIM.COM.PL
My other weim Bruno was always into something watery, we lived at the time near a beach and we had a stream down the road, in North Carolina it was warm in the summer and even in Arizona and he didn' change any color, stayed the same gray.. During the hottest parts in Arizona I added some kids water baby sunblock to him. and kept him cool in the sprinkler or in the water. Good luck and congrats on the move Christina, I have not been on in a while and noticed your new location. jai and falko
hy, i`m new here. i`m from Latvia and wiemaraners are new bread here. in our country there ara about 40 dogs. im my town only 3! so i hawe nobody to ask about dog care and treatment. my problem is som light brown tone on his neck. my dog ir 11 month old. we live near the Bolic sea and ewery day we go to walk and swim. my dog wearing a waide nailon collar (rogz). may be the brown colloring on the neck arise because the fur didn`t dry for 2-3 hours? or it`s a coating sequel? here are the pictures picasaweb.google.lv/100788340878940039692/BrownTone?authkey=Gv1sRgCOyXmPb7yqHRaw#
Hi murkata :-) sorry I can't tell you for certain what it is, have no experience like that. If I were you, I would just take off his collar whenever he goes swimming and I wouldn't put it on again as long as he is wet. Not only because of the colour - I think it's just better for his fur and skin.