Canine Disease Information: Ectodermal Defect
- Type Disease
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
- 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.
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.
There is no specific treatment for the hairlessness.
- Breeding Considerations
Affected dogs and their parents should not be bred.
- Known Breeds Affected