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Hi everyone, I have stumbled across a dog that is in much need of a good home and am looking for some opinions and feedback. This dog was adopted only a month ago by an older couple that lives in a relatively isolated area. They believed they were getting a more docile, less active dog like their previous BC and have at least recognized that they cannot give this dog the activity and attention that it deserves. The area I'm needing help in is of the current condition of the dog. I have not visited the dog yet but the pics and story they are sharing indicate the previous owner sheared the dog before selling him. He is a 4 year old who appears to be all BC as they were told. I was curious as to the long term effects of the shearing of the dog's coat. In the pictures it is obvious, besides being extremely filthy, that his coat is uneven and appears to be in a heavy shedding, unbrushed condition. They said they have never tried to brush him or performed any other kind of hygienic activities. I have done a little research and have heard contradictory opinions. Some say the coat could be damaged forever and that it will never return as nicely as it was originally. Others say that it should have no effect on the dog or it's coat and that it is performed regularly by some. Please see attached pics. I am interested in hearing from those who really know about this and can offer real advice and opinions. I'd appreciate this other than just speculation. I, the eternal optimist, sense he has lots of potential and I see a strong spirit and character in him. I would like to remove him from his current environment and show him a different, hopefully more fulfilling life. I also want to be realistic and educated before taking on a cause that may be beyond my capabilities. Thanks in advance for your feedback.