One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a dog or other animal) having relatively coarse fur which does not lie flat.
- ‘An excellent pen followed by a decisive shed resulted in the rough-coated, tri-coloured dog being the clear winner.’
- ‘The Welsh terrier is a rough-coated animal with droopy ears, originally bred in Wales to catch rats, mice and other vermin.’
- ‘He produced a strain of rough-coated fox terriers that were distinctive enough to be regarded as a separate breed that eventually became his namesake.’
- ‘Collies, in those days, were known as rough-coated sheepdogs or smooth-coated sheepdogs, depending on their coat type.’
- ‘This dog was probably a cross between the Matin - a large, smooth-coated breed often used as a draft dog - and the Berger Picard, a smaller, rough-coated dog.’
- ‘The British canine authority believed the otterhound had been derived by crossing southern hounds and rough-coated Welsh harriers or foxhounds.’’
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