Black puppy growing white hairs

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I got this question from someone today:

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My 3 month old black/rust pup has started growing white hair all over it\'s black. The breeder whom I believe is very reputible says it\'s probably a reaction to his shots and it will grow out in the fall.
Is this the case??

I know Doberman puppies get a little white on their chests sometimes, but this puppy seems to be getting is in other places. Any ideas?

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Are there many white hairs or are there just a few? I have read that they can get some white spot on there chest and near there paws.  There is a strange disease called vitiligo that causes pigment loss in dogs but it seems rare.  Good Luck. ???

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his hair is like salt and pepper now and it seems to be growing in everyday really noticable and he was pure black when I got him two weeks ago

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I think you can see him by copying and pasting this. Wow I didn't think it would be that big of a address. I just signed up to google picture album.

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I just pulled one out and it is much coarser than the rest of his hair and they seem to pop up in hours.

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Hey thegarbageguy,

Welcome to the forum! I fixed your URL for you, you can use the buttons or write tags yourself to make them a little neater.

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He looks like a good looking Doberman. Besides the white his coat looks healthy. How long ago did he get his shots and how soon did it start - how long has it been happening?

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Where did you get this fellow from?

Sometimes, very seldom especially all over like this, a stressed dog can get white hairs. Perhaps the shots or crop has caused it. How are you feeding him? Sometimes not getting something in the diet can cause it too.

However, this type of problem is usually caused by a coat defect - a genetic thing. This would mean some of the dogs in his lines carry the genes that cause it. I would be very curious if any of the other puppies from his litter or previous litters have had this. I'm more convinced that this would be the problem since you say the hairs are longer and courser.

Besides the white, is his coat thick and shiny? From the pictures it looks ok...

What are your plans for this Doberman?

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He has been on eukanuba pup food for large dogs. No other pups have this as far as I know. But the breeder guarantees it will fall out by the fall and said I would get my money back if it didn't and I wouldn't have to send the pup back.
His coat is think and shiny otherwise and he is a fit as a fiddle.

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He had his last shots on April 25 and it started 1 week later.

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Have you asked the vet about this? Does he have any idea?

It seems to me it is either a reaction to stress (don't you love how every illness is chalked up to stress) or a genetic variant in the coat. You should know once his ears get straitened out and he doesn't have to wear that silly hat. Was that his last course of vaccination?

Regardless, as long as you're not planning on confirmation showing or breeding, a salt and pepper coat isn't that bad. You can always get out the shoe polish.  ;)

Is it does turn out to be a genetic thing, hopefully the breeder take it into consideration in his breeding plan.