This was posted in error on another blog...on October 30th.
Looking through my Italian dictionary (Cambridge), I wish I knew how a translator would choose (or have chosen--comparisons are nice, such as those side-by-side one of Rilke which appeared in William Gass's book some years ago).
shaggy adj. di pelo lungo, ispido, irsuto; incolto, arruffato; peloso, ruvido; incolto, coperto di sterpi; folto, intonso; (bot.) vellutato, peloso.
Difficult to get through this without Koren (the cartoonist) coming to mind.