White hair on head and muzzle

2 replies [Last post]
Roxxy's picture
Joined: 2017-10-30

Good morning to everyone.

First of all, let me apologize for opening this thread, but I haven't come across anything helpful in the older ones.

My 1.5 years old male, named Atila, has some white hair on his head and his muzzle. There are 3-4 white hairs just above his right eye, where the ''eyebrow'' is. He has a small, white spot on the right side of his muzzle, too. 

Everything was fine, until a couple of weeks ago, when I noticed that white spot appear on his muzzle. It's small, but noticeable (I'll make sure to post the photos once I arrive home) I thought diet might have something to do with it, so I changed his food, from Brit Premium Junior Large to Sam's Field but nothing seems to be happening. That white spot is still there. 

Atila never really had a scratch/wound on his muzzle, so I know it can't be from the fact that white hair can grow back over where the scratch was. 

What could be the cause of white hair just growing like that? I asked the breeder but he said he has no idea, other than it could be that he had a scratch on his muzzle. 

Atila is not a show dog, but I still wouldn't like my doberman to have white spots. One is fine, but what if others start appearing? Is there a way to prevent that from happening and to make his white hair go back to black?

DobermanGuy's picture
Joined: 2017-12-11

Once on the Doberman Chat forum a so called 'reputable' breeder that posts there frequently shared some pictures of one of her litters. Half had good sized white spots on their chests. (white hair)

Someone asked her about the white spots and she claimed they would fade and disappear over time.

That was a complete and utter lie. White patches of hair do not just 'go away' over time if they were there from the start. Same with those random white hairs that are present sometimes in weird places. Yes, you can pluck them out but they will return...

No comment about white hairs that form due to any sort of injury. I have not a clue about those.



a dog born with a white spot is different from one developing one later on. A small white spot on the chest is not unusual and while it won't disappear, it generally becomes less noticiable as the puppy grows into an adult. 

random white hairs are pretty normal as well. 

A white spot developing can be from some sort of trauma or could be something like vitiglio (not sure if I spelled that right). It pretty much is the same as what people can develop - just a loss of pigmintation.  I've never dealt with it, so really just don't know much about it. I would ask your vet about it.