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shamus January 24th, 2004 06:38 PM

hi we have just gotten a female rotty, had her for about 4 weeks she is 16 weeks old and beautifull ,but in the last few weeks white hairs have developed on her back ,,
Would like to know if this is normal and if they will fall out ,,,,,
We asked a |Vet and she had never seen or heard of them before ,we asked another breeder he siad hes seen them on underbelly but never on back
So any imformation would be gladly appreciated,,,,,,,,,,,apart from that she is a very happy and spoiled pooch.

LavenderRott January 24th, 2004 06:44 PM

Did she have some type of injury where the hairs are growing in? I have heard of white hairs growing in where there was some type of skin injury, but never just normally in a rottweiler.

Luba January 24th, 2004 07:35 PM

Seen this in some shelter Rottie's maybe a stress thing? Or just some are more prone to it.

One specifically had quite a lot on his back and hind legs.

Was only 3yrs old

Carina January 24th, 2004 08:15 PM

Never seen them on the back...but many young Rotties have white chest or back leg markings; or black smudgy markings on the front paws that often disappear with time. Sometimes it takes a year or so, when the coat's blown out (shedded) a couple of times.

I doubt it's anything to worry about! Rottweilers do get impetigo (like Michael Jackson!) but that usually shows up when they're adults, I think. And it's quite harmless, just cosmetic.

Heck, you're not planning to show her so it doesn't matter! :D I have three Rotties, not one of them could enter a show ring (most wouldn't be suitable actually.) Just love her up & enjoy her "chrome." :)

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