A progressive and symmetrical hair loss known as alopecia X affects some double-coated Nordic breeds. As hormone receptors in the hair follicles malfunction, guard hairs are lost and the exposed skin begins to darken. Find out those breeds that can be affected, and learn about the available treatments and the genome project that is underway to find the cause of the condition.
DFR blogger Kayla Bertagnolli went to Great Western for the first time this year. As a rookie spectator at the Terriers-only show, she didn’t know if the three-day event would live up to expectations. A self-described “hound girl,” Kayla fell hard for the show’s seaside location and wonders why it took her so many years to finally get there.
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Dramatic Hair Loss Inches Toward Solution
By Susan Chaney
The coat abnormality commonly known as “alopecia X” leads to significant loss of hair that typically will not be recovered over a particular dog’s lifetime.
It starts as unexplained, symmetrical hair loss on the rear of the dog, moves to the neck area, then to various parts of the trunk, according to Alane Levinsohn, health committee chair of the American Pomeranian Club and a 12-year Pom breeder in Southern California, Calif. The coat on the trunk is affected differently in different dogs, but virtually all dogs retain their head and leg hair, she says. more
A First Time for Everything
By Kayla Bertagnolli
As you probably already know, one of the biggest Terrier shows of the year – the Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California – was held recently in Long Beach, Calif. But what you didn’t know is that this was my first time attending the big event.
Well, there has to be a first time for everything, right?
I asked myself if there was a “real” reason for never going before this year. more