my 7 months old male rotty's hair turning grey

by sunny
(punjab , India)



Please help me my 7 months old rotties' hair turning grey, the grey hair grow all over mostly on his back(neck to tail).

Please tell me what can i do to stop his hair getting grey as he is only 7 months old and it looks so bad.





Hi Sunny
From the photos it's difficult to see any grey on your pup, but what I think you may be seeing is the grey undercoat which is showing through his top coat. In this situation you'll usually notice it mostly around the neck, behind the ears, around the tail and upper back legs.

Rottweilers have either a red/rust or grey undercoat and depending on bloodlines some have a thicker undercoat than others. The undercoat is softer than the top coat and in dogs who have a lot of it often have a top coat that is a bit coarser. It's not a fault or something to be concerned about, simply a 'family trait'.

In hot weather when the top coat is thinner, the undercoat may show through more obviously, especially after a heavy molt such as the ones that take place during the Springtime or when a puppy sheds his 'baby coat' and the more adult coat comes in.

In the winter time when it's colder, the topcoat will be thicker and the undercoat should be less noticeable. Unless your pups topcoat is turning grey (and this would usually be happening on the face/head first) then I wouldn't be too concerned. As your pup grows and matures his coat will go through changes too and by the time he's an adult this will probably not be noticeable.

Hope this helps, best of luck.

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Oct 07, 2015
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It's not about poor breeding. NEW
by: Eva

My 100% AKC DNA verified German Rottweiler puppy is almost 4 months and is also growing white hairs on back. Neck to tail with random evenly spread placement. I did notice that she began to suffer the common rottweiler skin problems (itch, oil, and a bit of scabbing). I wonder if it's related.

Mar 24, 2012
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Probably a mixed breed NEW
by: Anonymous

He doesn't look to be purebred rottweiler to me. I have a 6 1/2 month old female that also appears to be much larger than your guy. He sure is cute though!

Jan 05, 2011
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Grey white hair on Rotties
by: Anonymous

Mine is 16 months old and has white hair on neck by the ears and a couple other places. He's dark mahogany BUT from his upper rear end from the back, it really light now. Have asked many about this and it's from more or less, poor breeding and genes.

Jan 05, 2011
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Grey white hair on Rotties
by: Anonymous

Mine is 16 months old and has white hair on neck by the ears and a couple other places. He's dark mahogany BUT from his upper rear end from the back, it really light now. Have asked many about this and it's from more or less, poor breeding and genes.

Nov 01, 2010
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Grey hair
by: Pooja

I have a Pup thts gonna be 2 months on d 8th... he also has grey hair poppin out... his puppy coat is soft n all black but d greys are thick n longer than d black hair...They seem to be increasing day by day....
The Vet we saw advised us that it could be due to some external contact like we gave him dry bath once or shampoo... so he said it could be due to that or there could be a problem in the blood line... but we saw his parents n both are all black no grey at all...
However I he suggested we use Fatsup.... 2ml once daily wid his meal...So may be you cud try d same...

Aug 08, 2010
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A professional opinion is needed here I think...
by: Sue from A Love Of Rottweilers

As it's not his undercoat that's the problem, I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to give you much more help as I'm not a veterinarian and the bloodwork results don't help me to understand the problem :o(

Although your pups' general body type and coloring are Rottweiler in appearance, it does look as though he has longer-than-normal hair on his lower muzzle in particular. If you don't have registration papers for him or his parents weren't registered full-blood Rottweilers then it's possible that what you're seeing is related to mixed bloodlines. But of course if he's a purebred Rottweiler with papers then that's very unlikely to be the case.

In that situation perhaps the color and length of hair are connected, and maybe a hormone problem or something similar? As I said I'm not a vet so I really can't give you more help, but perhaps you'd like to try an online vet by visiting my Ask A Vet A Question page. It's a simple and cost effective way of getting a professional answer.

Dried Kelp is often said to help with pigmentation problems when added to a pup/dogs' diet, but whether or not it would help in this situation I've no idea.

Anyway, I really hope you find the answer to this problem and when you do perhaps you could post it here so that anyone else with this type of issue will have access to that info. Thanks and best of luck.

Aug 08, 2010
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I feed my Rottweiler an MSM Supplement
by: Anonymous

Not sure why your Rott's coat is turning gray, although from the pictures he doesn't appear to be full blooded Rottweiler - Could he be mixed with another breed and their traits are starting to show through?

Other than that, I feed my Rottweiler MSM (Methol Suffonal Methane), which is naturally occurring Sulfer. It was originally suggested by my chiropractor for joint and connective tissue health, but it is also very good for skin and hair (I take it myself), and it helps my Rott's arthritis and his skin and coat.

Give it a try - very inexpensive and helps in so many ways. . .

Aug 04, 2010
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grey hair
by: Anonymous

no this is not a undercoat it's upper coat hair turning grey i'd dne his blood test also:
wbc:5.47m/m3
rbc:5.38m
hct:36.6%
hb:12.3g/dl
thr:408m/m3
L:24.8%
M:9.5%
G:65.7%
negative for blood protozoan.

Plz Suggest me if this recover with some supplement or any special feed.

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