Brown female Doberman is bold

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Hi Friends,

My brown female Doberman Cooper is now 1 year and 37 weeks old. She has recently begun losing a lot of fur on the sides. The rest of her fur is just fine. I noticed when she was one year old that her fur on the sides was much more thin and light. Right now she is going bold on the sides. I talked to the vet (he breeds Dobermans) and he told me this kind of problem is usual on Blue Steel and Brown Dobermans and its due to a thyroid malfunction (hormonal).  The other brown Doberman from the same litter have the exact same problem so it´s a genetic issue. So we are currently running tests to see what´s the problem, to apply the appropriate medication. Cooper is also taking vitamins for her fur.

I am very concern that her fur never goes back to normal again. She is a very pretty girl and I hope she gest´s back well soon. I was wondering if anyone her had the same problem or knows anyone with the same problem. Does the fur grow again?

Here is a picture of one of the sides going bold…

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How odd.. I've never heard of a 'brown' doberman.. are you ( and your vet) sure she's not a dark fawn? They are notorious for CPA and thyroid problems.. and it looks as if that might be what's going on. A lot of people swear by Fish oil capsules or even coconut oil added to their food.. but please check with your vet before adding any suppliments..

Anyone here have anything to add..?

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My brown (red) girl had hormonal alopecia. It didn't cause her discomfort and was just a little patch of bald on each side of her hips. It did grow back for her. Your vet should be able to answer your questions once the test results are back, though.

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In the UK we call them brown:

http://www.dobermanntrust.org.uk/other-info/coat-colours/

Never say 'chocolate' to a serious breeder here if you want to keep your head :D Leica has only had bald spots from scratches, here the hair has grown back but it takes a while.

I'm assuming you are saying "Bald" not "Bold" 

I would ask for a full thyroid panel, but I would also ask for a skin scraping to rule out mange. It is most likely something caused by a low immune system and she may outgrow it - it could also be a staph infection as they are very common in young Dobermans of her age.  In that case, a 30 day round of antibiotics is needed to get the staph under control.... doing just 10 days may help, but it will come right back.

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Hi friends,

So the news is not great. Cooper has Hypothyroidism in combination with folliculitis. However, the hormone levels are just in the lower limit. My Vet is being very careful regarding the hormone medication because he says her thyroid might get dependent of them and he is consulting a collegue of him that is supposed to be an specialist on the matter. The fact my vet is a breeder reassures me a lot. I am being extra caution on her food and water and treating her coat with a special shampoo and giving supplements  3X day (like omega3).

Let´s hope for the best.

Thank you all for the advices and sorry about the Brown designation but that´s how they are called in Portugal "Rusty Brown" Faw is Isabella, a more lighter colour brown. And also sorry about the bold, bald mistake :-)

Thyroid issues are very common in Dobermans - the medication is generally inexpensive.