Albino dogs have an absence of the pigment melanin in their coats and eyes. This condition is caused by recessive genes. Affected dogs have pink skin, white fur and pink eyes.Know More
Researchers at Michigan State University have found that humans and Doberman pinscher dogs share a gene responsible for causing one form of albinism. The defective gene results in a missing protein needed for normal coloration. Dogs with this form of albinism are vulnerable to developing skin tumors known as melanomas.
Dobermans that have one normal gene and one albino gene usually have normal coloration but can transmit the gene for albinism when they breed. In other forms of albinism, a dog that has one normal gene and one albino gene may have a paler than normal coat, an effect known as dilution.Learn more about Dogs
An albino Great Dane is a dog that is unable to produce the pigment melanin. Melanin is a pigment present throughout the dog's body, not just in the coat or skin, and lack of this pigment has important consequences for hearing.Full Answer >
Dogs whose coats are made of hair rather than fur are considered hypoallergenic because they are less likely to irritate allergies in the owners, and include breeds such as poodles, Yorkshire terriers, Bichon Frise, miniature schnauzers and shih tzus. The lack of fur on a dog does not guarantee that humans will not suffer an allergic reaction.Full Answer >
According to All Shih Tzu, Shih Tzus can develop skin problems from tangles in their coats, weak immune systems, bacterial infections, food allergies and genetics. Veterinarians can also perform skin or serum tests to pinpoint and isolate the allergens or irritants causing problems.Full Answer >
Labradoodles are advertised to be hypoallergenic dogs, but because they are a hybrid breed, the actual composition of their coats may vary. There is no guarantee that an adult labradoodle will be hypoallergenic.Full Answer >