It's not so much dry skin as sensitive reactive skin. Think of it like a teenager w/ acne. Just like a teenager, the best thing to do is keep your pup clean. Lance, my blue boy, jumped into the shower w/ me every Saturday. Use a gentle shampoo, no conditioner ... Vet's Best Itch Relief is a great oatmeal based shampoo. I also used Nature's Gate Biotin shampoo.
Blue's often present w/ CDA (baldness) after the age of 2. CDA has a anabolic yeast component, which is why keeping their skin clean is so VERY important. As long as their skin clean and healthy, u won't even notice. Blue's skin is the same color as their hair. With or without hair, they r still beautiful dogs. Refer to my pic of Lance looking out the window w/ the orchards. U will see what I mean.
U can spend a small fortune on vitamins and supplements trying to stop CDA, but they will make no difference (except to your wallet
). Make sure your dog has a good dry food (meat first, no crap fillers like rice hulls, ...). I mix breakfast w/ some Campells Chunky Chicken Noodle soup, dinner w/ a bit of real meat (chicken breast, ham, ...). Make sure to pour boiled water over the dry and let it soak for 15 min. or more (to prevent bloat).
And like all Dobes, since so many are hypothyroid, have your dog's thyroid levels tested and corrected when he is older. Simple matter of a inexpensive pill once a day.
Blue's r beautiful dogs ! Enjoy your boy