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Listening to dog breeders talk about dogs, I sometimes hear them mentioning that a breed has a "hair coat" or a "fur coat".

What are the differences between the two types of coat? Do they have different bathing or grooming requirements? How can I tell if my dog has hair or fur?

  • I know this was asked before here, but I can't find the question. At least, I know a question concerning dog hair vs. dog fur was asked. – JoshDM Sep 2 '14 at 21:30
  • This article suggests that there's no difference, it's just a made-up distinction between longer or shorter hair lengths. – augurar Sep 5 '14 at 5:25
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Apparently there's a formal distinction between a double and single coat:

A dog's coat may be a double coat, made up of a soft undercoat and a coarser topcoat, or a single coat, which lacks an undercoat.

However:

The terms fur and hair are often used interchangeably when describing a dog's coat, however in general, a double coat, e.g., like that of the Newfoundland and most mountain dogs, is referred to as a fur coat, while a single coat, like that of the Poodle, is referred to as a hair coat.

source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_(dog)

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