Fur Problem - My Rottweiler Has White Hairs Around Her Ears

by Binu Mathew

I am the owner of two rottweilers.Recently i noticed some white hair developing on either sides of the ear, which was not there at all.Her parents never had any.Since you a pro, wanted to inquire that will breeding result in pups with white hair or is it something that fades away with time.

I asked a very famous breeder about it and this is what he has to say---------A very interesting query, a rotty can develop white hairs after its been bitten by another dog which is interesting as you have two and they can bite each other, this doesn’t happen with all rotts but can occasionally occur.

My obvious reply was
Yes both of them engage in playful activities but surprisingly only the bitch had that developing around either sides of the neck. The dog looks fine. do you suggest i keep them at bay from each other? Can those white hair be treated? if so how?
Can this bitch be used for breeding because i don't want the pups to have white hair too!!

He hasn't replied yet
Please advice.

Hi Binu
Personally I've never experienced, a Rottweiler developing white hairs as a result of being bitten or nipped. I suppose this could happen very occasionally due to damage to the skin and surrounding area. If these areas of white hair don't spread to other parts of her body and you know that she does get bitten or nipped regularly around her ears then it's possible this is the problem, but it's unlikely (in my opinion).

Generally if a Rottie is going to have some white hairs, they are present at birth and appear on the chest or feet most often. There are however certain conditions which can cause a Rottweiler (or many other breeds) to have coat hair that turns white. Vitiligo (also called Leucoderma) is fairly rare, but if these are truly white hairs then this might be what is causing them.

It's a genetic condition and can cause loss of pigment in the coat, skin and nails. It usually appears sometime after the dog is 2 years old. If she develops more patches of white hair, or white skin or nails I'd recommend getting your vet to check her out and make a diagnosis. Vitiligo is hereditary and you don't want to breed a dog who has it.

You can find out more about white hairs in puppies here... White Patches On Rottweiler Puppies. This is something that also is genetic and certain bloodlines are more prone to produce pups who have white hairs than others. However, unless they are more than a few hairs it's not a big deal for puppies who aren't show contenders and doesn't mean a pup isn't purebred.

As far as breeding goes, there are lots of things to consider before a dog can be deemed worthy of being bred. Hips, elbows, eyes, heart, temperament and overall conformation all have to be excellent and the appropriate health evaluations made. Only then should you even consider breeding your female, and I'd definitely recommend getting to the root of the white hairs before thinking about it.

There is one other possibility.. if the hairs around her ears are silver or grey rather than plain white, and are softer than her regular coat, then it's possible you're simply seeing an undercoat showing through. Some Rotties have a grey, or tan, undercoat and it shows more clearly around the neck, ears and legs. Just a thought.

Anyway, best of luck with your dog, hope you find out what's causing her white hairs.

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May 27, 2016
My black Rottweiler she has white hair growing around her eyes completely white and patches and white growing on her body NEW
by: Don

Is white hairs growing on My Rottweiler Eyes something to worry about?

Dec 06, 2015
white hairs NEW
by: Anonymous

this could be grey undercoat showing through my rottie has grey showing on his tail

Apr 03, 2012
Rotty is turning white! NEW
by: Pam

My son has a Rott that just turned 3 in February. I actually consider him my "grand-dog". Over the past few months we have noticed he has developed a couple white patches on his head and as of late it is noticeable around his eyes and also is developing several white strands on his coat on his back. We are a bit concerned since he is only 3 and wondering if he may have an underlying illness. PLEASE note: he is eating, playing, doing his businessm and is completely healthy.
Can someone give us an idea of a possible deficiency of some sort? He actually looks like he may be prematurely aging.

Mar 30, 2012
White hair NEW
by: Anonymous

It is a fact when a dog is bitten via rough play or has been attacked can cause the hair to turn white. I am a vet and i have seen many cases. Black or darker dogs are more noticeable when it happens. White hairs on a dark dog is like a scar. A clients who's dog got mauled by two pit bulls and survived. He is a jet black dog but just on the side where is his rib cage is he has several white hairs in the section where he got mauled. Not all dogs get this reaction some may have hair missing and it never grows back, but it does happen.

Mar 30, 2012
White Hairs NEW
by: Christopher Bayhi

I agree with Sue in that many things have to be considered before breeding any dog. I’ve never heard of white hairs developing after being bitten, but I suppose anything is possible. Before I would elect to breed this dog, I would consider entering it in a conformation trial. While I don’t know what the Breed Standard quotes for the Kennel Club of India, the AKC states a “serious fault” as “…white marking any place on dog (a few rust or white hairs do not constitute a marking).” ADRK states an “eliminating fault” as “Dogs which do not show the typical Rottweiler colouring of black with tan markings. White markings.” A few white or rust hairs are a couple of hairs that can be plucked out without causing a bald spot and making the hair plucking noticeable.

It’s possible your dog has a recessive gene that came out. Medical issues, though unlikely, might be present. You should be aware of the issues Sue notated in her answer. But in the end, a Rottweiler is a Rottweiler. If she loves you and you love her, what are a few white hairs between best friends?

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