Mario was terribly matted, some dogs get that way when they are not brushed enough!!! "I want a dog, I will take care of him..." I know I heard those words from everyone in the house. Well he does not shed which is great, but he needs to be brushed. Now I have also been told that it was because his baby fur was so fine. Well he went to the "salon" and came home a bit bald or buzzed for summer I guess you could say. We have told him not to spend too much time looking in the mirror. I personally have told him that I can feel his pain, but I also know that it will grow back. Hopefully it will not take 4 months as mine did!