Things are getting hairy

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:00 08/02/2013

Their features may be hidden, their silhouettes may be blurry, they may leave tufts of themselves all over your clothes - but who can resist the fuller-coated pet? Not me.

A well-tended, voluminous coat is a miraculous thing, even if the one tending it was largely you. It looks healthy, it looks huggable, it looks preposterously, wastefully luxurious - yet sometimes, you have to admit, it can look a mess.

Mouse, our cover-cat, is a Scottish Fold with plumage of the finest tortoiseshell.

Mouse furry

This photograph is 40 per cent Frankie, 60 per cent Frankie's tail.

Framkie

This is how fluffy Garfield can be - currently, most of his coat is inside the vacuum cleaner.

Garfield

It's like one of those colour-blindness tests - look carefully and you'll see Ollie concealed within a fluffy beanbag.

Ollie fur

Lily is a Ragdoll - a breed of cat blessed with a deep-pile coat as soft as mist. Also, note the tufted paws.

Lily fur

Disorienting mounds of hair also known as Pippin (left) and Hilites.

Pippin

Hilites

Chair-surfing: Gypsy (left) and her boy Junior.

Gypsy fur

Junior fur

Willow is hot, but cool. Her electric blanket is on, but she's spreading herself around to cool off while not having to, gasp, move. RIP Willow.

Willow fur

Now some views of full-coated pets on the move rather than in a mound. This is Abby, commanding in the garden.

Abby fur

Furry is well named.

Furry

Bushy tails growing wild? Not quite - this is Thomas among the wild flowers.

Thomas

Jess has the mane of age and experience. RIP Jess.

Jess rip

Another well groomed German Shepherd: Genie.

Genie

Some prodigious tails are on show today, including Hugo's.

Hugo fur

Indie and Enzo keep watch in the garden.

Indie and Enzo

Lily is a feathery beauty.

Kerryn's Lily

In his time, Mr Magnolia was king of the farm.

Mr Magnolia

Otis is a long-haired Border Collie.

Otis

Leo wishes to come indoors, along with bits of the garden that cling like memories.

Leo fur

Hug bait: Lui the Samoyed.

Lui

On his way to full Ragdoll glory is Klaus, here just four months old.

Klaus

Puppy fur is a sub-miracle in itself. For the first few months of their lives, dogs such as Lexi are covered with powder-puff down that makes them seem twice as vulnerable.

Lexi pup

Merlin has the beginnings of a lionlike mane.

Merlin fur

Cass's mane is more evident.

Cass fur

The full mutton-chops look: Perkins.

Perkins

Stacie, not being a boy cat, doesn't like you to talk of her "beard". It's a "ruff", thanks very much.

Stacie

Molly has a built-in bib.

Molly beard

Face fur is endearing in its own way. Jazz has inherited the whiskered visage of his Schnauzer heritage, as well as other features from his Blue Heeler genes.

Jazz

All up front: the Schnauzer tonsure of Sockasaurus Oscaraptor.

Sockasaurus Oscaraptor

Dudley isn't built for muddy walks.

Sue's Dudley

Lily is a perfect long-haired Tabby.

Lilly fur

The late Storm was hairy all over, including on the ears.

Storm fur

But for hairy ears you can't go past a Spaniel - this is Fergie.

Fergie

This may be the finest tail of the collection: the breathtaking Shiningwater Jack Frost, at length.

Jack Frost

Reader Julia, in Saudi Arabia, sent this picture of her elegantly coiffed dog.

Julia's dog

A nod to the fact that it's not just dogs and cats that can have spectacular coats. This is Maisie.

Maisie

Finally, the lazy luxuriance of Jessie.

Jessie

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