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, 2014 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, 2014 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.


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)

  • This is a decent answer (3.5 on a 5 scale). I agree that the question has been asked before - somewhere - and answered in greater detail. IIRC, it has to do with undercoats, and which type of follicle is involved, which validates the wikipedia statement.
    – Mark G B
    Apr 8, 2021 at 3:45

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