Yesterday we talked with Terry, our breeder, who said that Barrington's fur (ahem, "hair") should be 2-3 inches, max. Last time we measured, he was at 5 inches. Because he was full of mats, Terry told us it was necessary to completely cut his fur down and allow a new coat to come in. (Barrington's mom had a coat that was "pluckable," meaning they actually pulled it out to let the new fur come in. His dad's coat was one that needed to be cut with scissors. The other day, after hours of brushing and trying to untangle the mats on his chest and sides, we found that we had unknowingly plucked out a patch on Barrington's shoulder).
And so, it became clear that it was time for a haircut, involving bribes of banana slices and apple.