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There's a lot of variety in an Australian shepherd's coat. His outercoat is somewhat coarse while his undercoat is soft and thick. The fur can be either completely straight or have a slight wave. You should brush an Aussie's coat every week with a slicker brush. If he is shedding quite a bit, you can use a shedding blade to remove excess hair. Never shave your Aussie if his coat becomes matted, as this will only lead to sunburn. To keep the level of matting down, use a pin brush on the feathers, or long fur, on your dog. This includes front legs, back legs, and behind the ears.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|