My boy was very soft as a puppy and now as an adult its pretty wiry. I actually like it this way though, he's very sleek and beautiful and the burrs don't stick! He can just shake them off! (we used to have a very soft mini schnauzer and I had to spend hours picking burrs out, agh!) If you ever walk through the woods you'll love a nice sleek basenji coat!
Thanks all. I guess we'll have to just wait and see. She's very picky. Right now I'm using 1/3 cup chicken soup for the soul puppy formula softened in hot water, 1 tbsp blue buffalo canned food, 1 tbsp plain yogurt or cottage cheese, and a few drops of olive oil 3 times a day. I re hydrate it half way through with more hot water, and mix in part of a dehydrated beef liver and tripe treat that's squashed to dust. Since I started that ritual, she's been eating all her food, and by the end of the night she looks like a little football, and she doesn't really vomit the yellow stuff in the morning anymore.
In my experience, a lot of coat texture seemed to be genetics. My dogs all ate basically the same thing, and in the beginning, the Ibis DNA coat was different than the Rosa DNA coat.
I said in the beginning, because though it was not the most important puppy quality, I did choose puppies to keep for possible breeding that had better coats.
I'm sure this was just my group of dogs, but in GENERAL, the ones with the coarser coats lure coursed much better (and caught rabbits in our yard) than the ones with the nicer coats.
@elbrant The first time I took Ibis lure coursing: I let go, and she ran straight to the lunch stand! It was in the opposite direction of the field.
I don't think she could figure out why a dog would run after an empty bag, when everyone knows, they're much more interesting when heavy!