OK, now I have to comment. Well, I don´t have a longhair though, but I have a sh that REALLY has a thick undercoat! When we went to Germany to the 100 year-anniversary, entered the Zuchtschau, the judges wer totally delighted about her fur-quality! AND; the shedding, I can tell, is a pain! Her half-sister also had rather thick undercoat, not as long as the other one, but still... I think good quality in coats are something to stribe for, both for long- and shorthairs: no "missing" spots on belly etc. It´s very important as a hunter!
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Mowgli has an undercoat as well. Shedding is not worse than any other dog I think (if you're used to the shedding of a Leonberger, hahaha). I do agree with Anci about the importance of an undercoat. It's getting cold here now and the girls hunt like every week. They do have to retrieve from the water as well. An undercoat sure does keep them warmer.
That is interesting. My longs don't have an undercoat, and one of my SH girls with an American background, has the sleekest coat - like a coat of silver paint. She sure does feel the cold, but as ours all sleep inside, and it is Australia, it doesn't matter so much. We do live in a cold area of Oz, but it is not cold compared to European or North American cold! And as we will be moving close to the beach, she will be a beach baby soon anyway!
Wendy (Just wait til I send you THOSE pics!!!!!!!!! ;D )