This one wound up by mistake in another blog. Re-placed from 2009.
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 ones of Rilke in William Gass's book).
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's cartoons coming to mind.