(sometimes called BSD or black skin disease)
sometimes called BSD (black skin disease) is a hairloss condition
which has been known to affect several of the Nordic breeds, including
the Pomeranian. There are many theories and much confusion surrounding
this condition. The Pomeranian Club of Canada is taking a leading role
in collecting important data to aid in understanding this disease. It is
important that we answer one set of survey questions for each purebred
pomeranian dog we own, living or deceased. All purebred Pomeranians
whether pets or show/breeding dogs should be entered into the survey.
Your participation is appreciated and important to the cause. Please
click the link below and help us help the dogs.
participate in the Alopecia X survey, please choose one of the following
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Club of Canada
National Specialty Shows
for Results of PCOC Specialty Shows including the most recent
of Alopecia X: Shedding the Myths
Paul Eckford, PhD (Biochemistry) B.Sc. (Biochemistry)
There is no more divisive issue
in the Pomeranian community than the unexplained loss of coat in the
young Pomeranian. The internet is replete with experts who have
all of the answers to where it comes from, who is
causing it, how it is passed, how to identify it
months or even years before it becomes apparent and, even how
to cure it.
Here many of the myths and much
of the misinformation will be challenged, and the scientifically
sound facts on the disease will be highlighted. In particular the
article focuses on the future and how scientists are working to
identify the cause of the disease, and how to identify it by a
genetic test which will allow breeders to screen their dogs and
avoid producing Pomeranians that lose their coats. This article
discusses how we can come together as a community to stop the loss
of coats in OUR breed, if we truly want to. Only the support of the
Pomeranian community will bring about a real solution to the
Alopecia X phenomenon.
Dr. Eckford is Chair
of the Pomeranian Club of Canada's Health and Genetics Committee
Did you know . . .
that Beatrix Potter, who wrote and illustrated the famous and much loved "Peter Rabbit" books, also wrote a story about a black Pomeranian, Duchess. In "The Pie and The Patty Pan", the little Pomeranian is invited over to her cat-friend's house for tea. Feeling certain her friend will be serving mouse pie, Duchess goes to considerable lengths and gets herself in quite a pickle to avoid having to eat mouse while at the same time trying not to offend her friend. "The Pie and The Patty Pan" is Number 17 in the Beatrix Potter book series. There were also two Beswick figurines of Duchess issued about 25 years ago that are quite rare the one with the little black Pomeranian holding the flowers is worth several hundred dollars!
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