my rottweiler has white patches covering like 8% of his body

by Jamie

I have a rottweiler puppy. i really dont know how old he is because i just saw him in the streets shivering from rain but judging from his color and pattern i say he is a rottweiler..

there are white patches covering like 8% of his body from under his chin to his chest and some small parts on his paws and a tiny part like few white hairs on his forehead..

does this mean he may be cross bred between a rottweiler and a mongrel? or is he sick? im worried.. im looking forward for your reply.. thank you very much

*i uploaded a photo of him maybe you can identify his breed? i was not able to get a photo of the white marks though..

Hi Jamie
Many breeds have the same black and tan coloring as Rottweilers, and so do mix-breed dogs, so it’s impossible to tell a pup’s heritage that way.

Depending on the size of your pup it’s perfectly possible that he has Rottweiler blood, even that he’s a purebred Rottweiler, but it’s impossible to tell from photos too.

Sometimes white hairs or patches appear on purebred Rotties, and go back to the very beginnings of the breed having been passed down in the genes. However, they generally just appear on the chest, or on the paws, and shouldn’t be very small.

This poor little guy has obviously had a fough start in life and needs a lot of TLC and someone to love him. I hope he’s found his new home with you, regardless of his breed heritage.

Whether or not he’s sick is also impossible for me to judge, but you will need to have him evaluated by a vet right away because given his difficult start he is unlikely to be up to date with veterinary care and he will need his puppy vaccinations and deworming at a very minimum.

He looks like a lovely little pup and I wish you the very best of luck with him. I hope he gets to enjoy a long, happy and healthy life.

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Aug 07, 2014

You are lucky NEW
by: Douglas Morgan

Go for it for the little guy needs you! Forget about the white hairs/fur it gives the pup character. I lost Maximus my Rottweiler who had a white chest but he gave us the best 13 3/4 years ever with a personality that could not be beat. The pup found you so take this as a positive sign to give him the best possible home, take him to training/obedience class and he will shine. Best regards – Douglas

Dec 05, 2012

Luck Pup NEW
by: Captain Nancy

I work in rescue and usally the pups we find on the street need Vet help right away. They will have worms, very common and easy to fix. He will need shots of course and a general check up.
Often you can’t observe their health issues as they are in the body.
I know of careful, good and great breeders of Rottweilers that have pups show up with the exact same white on them.If you are not going to show him, IT DOES NOT MATTER. He will be a wonderful coompanion, he knows he was rescued!
Thanks for taking him in, you are a saint.

Dec 04, 2012

question NEW
by: Anonymous

hi i have a pure rottie well thats what i got told by the guy that breed him and i just wanted to know if its normal to have like a cream caremel coular in some patches of his coat is this normal ? he has sold them all as pure bredd around where i live but i have never seen thkis in a rottie before my grandparents use to breed pure rotties and i dont remember them haveing it in there coats he is built like a rottie and looks like one but the coular has me confussed

Jun 14, 2012

i love rottis NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a rotti to he has white spots too. His name is chopper. But he is a rotti German shepered breed.

Jun 14, 2012

i love rottis NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a rotti to he has white spots too. His name is chopper. But he is a rotti German shepered breed.

Dec 20, 2011

Same condition as Micheal Jackson NEW
by: John in NY

A friend of mine has a rottweiler named Dutchess. Get this, she’s 14 years old, that is old for a rottie. Anyway, she has white spots all over her, I forgot the name of it, but it is the same condition that Michael Jackson had.

Dec 11, 2011

thanks NEW
by: Anonymous

I’ve taken him to a vet yesterday to have his deworming and vaccines for pests.. the vet said he is 2 1/2 months old and is very underweight for his age.. so she advised me to give some vitamins.. It is really okay if he is not a purebred rottweiler, i just wanted to know that for me to also know how to take care of him.. somebody told me different breeds need different kinds of care 🙂 anyway, thank you very much for your reply and i’ll keep you posted 🙂

his weight on December 10
2 1/2 months old – 4.2 pounds
he had his first deworming and the 5in1 vaccination

Dec 10, 2011

he’s a keeper NEW
by: Captain Nancy

Bless you for taking in a cold, scared little puppy no matter what he is. Looks very cute to me and will probably turn out to be the best dog you ever had! Thank you for opening your heart.

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