Question: My doxie has some fur tufts that are very smooth, and nothing on his skin underneath. But he’s got these weird fur tufts along his body. What could be causing this? Thanks.
Answer: Thanks for writing in. Without seeing the actual abnormality it is difficult to say what might be happening here. Dachshund’s are a breed that we see many haircoat abnormalities in.
They are prone to pattern baldness which will often start with the appearance of smooth hair tufts and then progress to hair loss. With haircoat changes, it is always important to rule out hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease, as well as medical issues such as mange. If you are concerned, ask your veterinarian to take a look.
Dr. Donna Spector
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