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Blue Dobermans with Hair Loss

My girl is a blue and she will be 4 in September.

She started losing hair on her back when she was around 9 months old.

She continued losing hair along her back until her spine was pretty bald. She has thinned a lot in other areas as well.

The hair she has on her back is very short, and baby soft.

For the past 3 months or so, her back has grown a lot of this baby fine fur. Actually, she pretty much has the soft baby fine fur all over except for her head and down her neck some.

I was wondering if anyone else who has a blue with fur similar to hers.

This photo shows what her fur looks like right now.



She also has small dark patches in places where the fur is thicker.



Here is a picture of her head and neck. Her head is much darker than any other part. Almost like she used to be before she started losing her fur.



I'm hoping her fur gets a little thicker or at least continues. It would keep her from getting so cold in the winter.

She's my baby girl no matter how much fur she has. ❤️


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My girl is a blue and she will be 4 in September.

She started losing hair on her back when she was around 9 months old.

She continued losing hair along her back until her spine was pretty bald. She has thinned a lot in other areas as well.

The hair she has on her back is very short, and baby soft.

For the past 3 months or so, her back has grown a lot of this baby fine fur. Actually, she pretty much has the soft baby fine fur all over except for her head and down her neck some.
Have you by any chance started her on a thyroid suppliment? I see this from time to time on dilutes--both blues and fawns--and where I had an opportunity to ask the owner about the hair and thyroid medication--they all said that the fine, soft hair grew back in places that had been bald before the dog was diagnosed as hypothyroid and started on meds.

My fawn lost some hair in a saddle shaped area just behind his shoulders when he was just under 4 and was started on thyroid meds about the same time he started loosing hair in a pattern that didn't look like CDA--I ran an extra T4/free T4 on him and he was still barely in normal range but his vet and I both thought that he should be medicated since it was a substantial drop from his previous levels. In the next four or five months that spot grew back a bunch of hair which was slightly lighter in color than the rest of his coat and a good bit softer.

I don't know anything about what might cause the darker blue patches--I've seen them on the occasional blue but not on any of the fawns I've seen.

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I was wondering if anyone else who has a blue with fur similar to hers.

This photo shows what her fur looks like right now.



She also has small dark patches in places where the fur is thicker.



Here is a picture of her head and neck. Her head is much darker than any other part. Almost like she used to be before she started losing her fur.

My fawn (and actually my only red dog and all of the black dogs have) always had hair of a different length and texture on their head and the upper part of their neck.

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I'm hoping her fur gets a little thicker or at least continues. It would keep her from getting so cold in the winter.
One of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is an exagerated response to cold--if she's on meds for hypothyroidism and growing hair it may be that she won't be so cold sensitive.

My fawn dog has never been cold but he's also never had a major hair loss and when his thyroid levels did drop down into barely adequet levels it got corrected pretty fast. And I keep the house pretty cold all winter so he's had ample opportunity to show up with cold sensitivity.

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She's my baby girl no matter how much fur she has. ❤️
Yeah, it's like I told him when I brought him home--if you keep enough hair to finish your championship you can be as bald as you want--I'll make all the coats you might ever need. I never told him I'd keep him no matter what but it goes without saying that I would have.

Maybe we've learned something new about CDA--I'll have to keep asking people with dilutes with that odd soft hair when they grew it and if the dog is on thyroid meds.
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Thanks for the reply.

Yes, my girl is on thyroid replacement medicine. She has been on it since December 2014.

The first vet didn't really want to put her on it as she said that Jazzy didn't "present" like thyroid deficient dogs she has seen in the past. She first did an in house thyroid test and because Jazzy was in the range, although the lowest end, she felt that she didn't need it.

We went about 3 months later and I finally got her to send off for s full panel. Jazzy tested low, so she agreed, reluctantly to supplement her at a low level of .5 once daily.

We went with this dose for about 6 months and she improved somewhat, but not significantly.

One of the main issues I was having was her overall temperament.

I decided to change vets and did another full panel and this time Jazzy tested the same low level post medication!

This vet bumped her up to twice daily and what a difference it made. She had done a complete 360 and I have my sweet girly back.

She has been on twice daily for about 7 months now and like I mentioned earlier, the past 3 months I've seen more fur growth.

Her nails are actually growing now as well. I hadn't had to dremel her nails since she was about a year old.

I'm hoping this fur growth continues even if it is baby fine. It just looks weird when she gets those longer, dark patchy growths. But hey, fur is fur.


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