Canine Disease Information: Ectodermal Defect



  • Type Disease
    Skin
  • Name
    Ectodermal Defect
  • Abbreviation
    ECDFx
  • Description
    Dogs with this condition are born without hair over as much as two thirds of their body. Hair follicles are totally absent from affected areas of the skin.
  • How Transferred
    unknown
  • What to Look for
    Dogs with this condition often have a striking pattern of baldness. Their teeth may come in abnormally. Over time the exposed skin may become scaly and grayish in colour. Overall health is generally good.
  • Diagnosis
    Hairlessness from birth is suggestive of an ectodermal defect. A skin biopsy will confirm the diagnosis. This is a simple procedure, done with local anesthetic, in which your veterinarian removes a small sample of your dog's footpad for examination by a veterinary pathologist.
  • Treatment
    There is no specific treatment for the hairlessness.
  • Breeding Considerations
    Affected dogs and their parents should not be bred.
  • Known Breeds Affected
    Poodle, miniature\nWhippet

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