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Old 12-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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I'm a new member to yorkietalk.com and I have a question for you guys. My baby, Ozi, is just over a year old and he had a beautiful silver coat just a few months ago. Suddenly he started developing black patches of fur. Have any of you ever seen this before? I know it's not his shampoo and I know it's not because of vaccines. Will he be like this forever? The black patches are more coarse than the rest of his coat and a bit less shiny. He doesn't scratch at them or seem irritated at all. No hot spots, no other skin conditions. Clean bill of health from the vet. What's going on?
I will love him no matter what color he is but I just thought it was sortof weird, no?
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:42 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to YT! He is such a cutie pie! Love those ears.

I don't have an answer for you but bumping this up so others can chime in.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:45 AM   #3
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Welcome. Yeah I'm not familiar with this sort of thing. I don't think it's anything of concern, but if you are, perhaps your local vet may have some answers.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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Thanx mandiesmom And thanks for the replies and bump. I've taken him to the vet and they say he's fine health wise but they couldn't give me a reason why his fur is doing that. Genetics maybe?
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:09 AM   #5
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Did you, by any chance, trim his hair shorter? I was talking with a lady who said her Yorkie had dark hair again after she cut him down. Plus, I have seen other reports where a change of food and the dog developed dark roots. Also, I recall seeing where one owner took their Yorkie to the vet after finding a dark or black spot and the vet said it was just hair color.

Brody still has a few dark patches, but his hair is lightening...the patches are all that remain of the darker hair. My understanding is that after they lighten up, they do not return to a full dark blue coat.

The YTCA say, in their:

<Begin Quote>

DISQUALIFICATION DIRECTIVE
TO: AKC Judges, AKC Judging Operations
FROM: Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Board of Directors
DATE: September 26, 2007
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SUBJECT: Clarification of the Yorkshire Terrier DQ to be initiated on
October 1, 2007
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The Disqualification reads as follows:
Any solid color or combination of colors other than blue and tan as
described above.
Any white markings other than a small white spot on the forechest
that does not exceed 1 inch at its longest dimension
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The new Disqualification is an ADDITION to the Yorkshire Terrier
Breed Standard. It is there to disqualify Yorkshire Terriers with
colors OTHER THAN those as described in our Breed Standard.

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The Yorkshire Terrier whose coat is of prime importance has a slow
metamorphosis from the black and tan puppy to the blue and tan adult.
Some of these dogs take three or more years for their coat to mature;

therefore our YTCA Members chose NOT to specify an age for color
maturity. Only dogs of solid color, unusual combination of colors,
and parti-colors should be disqualified.


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Mine is a year and half and he is starting to change colors on his body yet again... Then again it might be because I am growing him out some.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:23 AM   #7
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Hmm.. well he was a rescue and 7 or 8 months old when I got him. We took him out of a really bad place. He still had the dark blue at that time and we had to have him shaved because it was so matted from neglect. I don't "think" the shaving had anything to do with it though because he grew in silver and just recently these spots started to appear. At first I thought it was something on his clothes maybe rubbing against his fur and messing with the oils of his body/fur or something. So we stopped dressing him up for awhile but then more spots appeared...
Like I said though, as long as he's healthy, I don't care what he looks like, I was just wondering if this happened to anyone else. It's very possible that he's not a 100% purebred yorkie because of his background, so that could be a factor too.
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Did you recently treat him with flea and tick preventive?
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My girl has gotten darker spots here and there but not as large an area as your dog has. The darker spots have now disappeared on her but her darker spots were in her gold area. She is 2 now. Don't really know how common that is.
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Did you recently treat him with flea and tick preventive?
That's a good idea, I hadn't thought about that, but I don't think that's it. We haven't treated him for fleas in a long time, since we first got him. He doesn't get bothered by them for some reason, for which I'm grateful!!
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Yes, I have seen darker hair grow in on my Piccolo.

Did your pup lose hair in those areas for awhile due to vaccines or something else? Sometimes when the hair starts growing again it comes in darker or at least it did for my girl.
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How interesting. I saw him and thought OMG merle yorkie...
I haven't had yorkies long enough to have noticed something like that. I know some people have had yorkies in their full blue and gold turn all gold, but this is the first time I have seen black spots.
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I thought Merle too. But he might have a recessive gene. Biewers have back saddles
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Did you put him on a raw food diet? I saw pics of a little doxie, that was almost totally grey on her muzzle and looked years older than she was. She was put on a raw food diet, and her color changed completely! Looked like a different dog! Better food better nutrients made a huge difference.

Let me see if I can find the pics. I was so amazed by them...

Before.. http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/c90d34cc.jpg

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Nope, no hair loss and no all meat diet.
Those before and after pictures were amazing!

I thought merle too so I researched it a little bit. It looks like merle usually affects their skin and eyes, but his eyes are normal, not bi eyed, or parti, and his nose and paw pads are normal too, not mottled. These spots (for now) don't appear anywhere else but on his back, only in the silver part of his fur, none in the gold/tan.
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