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|04-29-2013, 08:00 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Katy, TX, USA
Shorkie has very short, sparse hair?
I know this is a forum for pure-bred yorkies, I originally wanted a pure bred yorkie but when I came across pictures of my half yorkipoo half shih tzu puppy I do not know how to describe it but I just had to have him.
We have had him for a week and I LOVE HIM and he is attached to me as well, the sweetest and best puppy you could imagine.
The thing is he comes from two puppies with a lot of hair (I saw the parents) and the other puppies in his litter had a lot of hair except him. He is 4 months old and his hair is very sparse, he has the bottom coat but the top coat is super super thin to where it makes it look like he has bald spots and my husband is afraid that he is a little too thin.
I am taking him to a vet tomorrow, but what should i ask the vet? What do I do to stimulate his hair growth? I know he won't have real yorkie hair but his hair now makes it look like he is not healthy and people always ask why his hair is so thin.
Also most puppies of his mix have a lot of hair, is this normal?
|04-30-2013, 02:29 AM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Ringgold, Ga
As for the hair question, I don't have an answer. It could be a parasite or mites, fungal infection, allergic contact dermatitis, food allergies, genetic issues...or he could be just a slow grower. The list of possible causes is quite extensive. The vet will be able to give you a better idea/narrow it down for you. Thick hair or not, I'm sure he is just a loveable snuggle bug either way. Welcome to YT and post pics when you get a chance.
Huey's mom, Marilyn
:When a day starts & ends with puppy kisses, I can handle anything that comes in between!
|04-30-2013, 03:26 AM||#3|
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Join Date: Feb 2006
I agree with Marilyn on everything. You are just as welcome here as people with pure bred Yorkies. I got so much support here for my Boxer, it's a great group of people. Good luck on your Vet visit keep us posted.
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|04-30-2013, 06:25 AM||#4|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: MN, USA
There are a LOT of Yorkie mixes on this board, so please don't feel like only pure-breds are welcome! =D
If the vet rules out any issue causing the thin hair keep in mind that it could just be a phase. A couple of the pups in the litter with my boy had really thin hair- bald looking on their heads- and after a few months they ended up having really thick hair. Same with my neighbors' pup- she went through a phase where she ended up losing a lot of hair on her head but now it is just as full and thick as you would expect in a Yorkie.
|04-30-2013, 09:19 AM||#5|
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Maui, Hawaii
A good vet checkup will rule out or identify any medical issues. Beyond that, their hair continues to change for the first 2 years. Three of my 4 pups had thicker puppy fur, that thinned out, then became fuller and more silky between 1-2 yrs. old. One is a full Yorkie, and the other 3 are Morkies (Maltese/Yorkie mix).
A good quality puppy food should supply your pup with the necessary nutrients for a healthy coat.
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