|This second picture is at 6
months old. You can see
the outline of her rump appearing higher than her shoulders.
This is expected as the loin and rump have a thicker under-
|A closeup shows the finer cords
developing on her
thighs while thicker mats are developing around her
These thick mats need to be pulled apart by hand,
but not combed out.
This female was kept combed out until she was a year old
and finished showing.
Now at two years old you can see the slight thickening
of her coat on her rear producing more of a rise
over her loins.
Now she is two years old and the thicker under-
coat is starting to mat on her rump. Above shows
a solid mass, or mat, which needs to be split into
approximately 3 cords. I have found that these mats
of undercoat that develop around the midsection
form what I can only describe as a "flat slab" of
matted hair. Out of these "slabs" protrude clumps
of the longer outer coat and these give you an idea
of where the mat needs to be divided. Just grab the
desired clump or section that you want to form into
a cord and pull it apart from the rest of the mat
The cording is not predominant right now but they are starting
for form on their own down her hind legs.
These small cords will continue to grow longer as they
collect the hair that is shed out every year. Splitting
the mat at the base about every six months or after every
normal shed will keep the cords free of one another.
Here is the same dog 4 two years later. The cords are well
established and after a period of hair growth you can see
that there is 2" of growth forming a solid mat, or what the
FCI standard calls matelotes (overlaping tiles of matted hair).
You can either leave this or, at your leisure, pull the cords
apart once more to form longer cords. If you imagine
your hand as the dog's coat you can imagine that your
fingers are the "cords/cadenettes" and your palm is
the "matelote". If you pull your fingers apart then
you splite the matelote into long strands.
After many, manyyears the cords will be a foot long, or you
can trim them so they are not dragging on the ground.
Another puppy showing the proper outline with the
thick coat developing behind the shoulders on his rear.
At two years of age the cords or more distinguishable.
This is certainly an awkward stage as he looks
to be supporting mats, but as the cords
lengthen they become more noticeable and appealing.
Below, at three years of age the cords are obvious and no
longer need any maintenance as they are established. Before
or after a bath it is a good idea to quickly go through the cords
and pull them apart from one another. The coat dries very
quickly after a bath, about half a day.
When trotting away the cordsswing like he is
wearing a hoola skirt!
The cadenettes also form on the front legs and chest.