BSD or Black Skin Disease in Pomeranians Information Site. Coat loss in Pomeranians.
This coat loss is also often referred to as Alopecia X or coat funk .
The darkening or blackening of the skin in the affected areas exposed is the reason the coat loss problem is often referred to as BSD or BLACK SKIN DISEASE in Pomeranians.
Alopecia is medical term for hair loss. The problem of coat loss or BSD in Pomeranians can be referred to as Alopecia X by veterinarians, as the cause of the coat loss is unknown.
This type of coat loss has often been described in the Nordic type or double-coated dog breeds. The dog develops symmetrical coat loss on the trunk as well darkly pigmented skin in the bald areas.
The affected dogs rarely lose all their coat, usually retaining fur on the leg and head area.
There are several skin conditions that can cause alopecia or hair loss and/or poor growth of hair.
Parasites and a condition called clipper alopecia or post clipping alopecia can also cause this phenomenon.
Clipper alopecia or post clipping alopecia is a term used to describe alopecia( hair loss) after clipping.
Nutrition, environmental toxins and stress are also thought to play a part with a dog genetically predisposed to coat loss problems .
The BSD pattern of baldness is commonly called "endocrine alopecia" as it is common in several types of hormone imbalances. Some of these conditions are endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism, Cushings disease.
Pomeranian puppies with beautiful, full, fluffy coats as puppies may develop early onset BSD. Pomeranian puppies with these types of coats often lack the harsh guard hairs and feel like "cotton" to touch.
These puppies often do not shed puppy coat and go through the ugly stage like the majority of Pomeranian puppies. Coat loss usually occurs at around 14 to 16 months and these cases are referred to as the early onset version of black skin disease.
Late onset Black Skin disease usually occurs at around 3 to 4 years of age, but cases have been documented, where the Pomeranian has developed Black skin disease as late as 9 years of age.
Owners of black skin affected Pomeranians should contact the breeder of their Pomeranian for help and advice. Your veterinarian should also be consulted to rule out any medical issues.