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Hi everyone I need some help on a sticky topic. I recently recommended a breeder to my friend and he bought a puppy from her. This puppy is the half-brother of my blue fawn girl and he is blue. My friend sent me a picture of his puppy recently and the coat looked off to me. It looked like a balding stripe down his back. I didn't want to mention it to him. I recently went to go see the puppy yesterday and there is in fact a balding stripe down his back. I believe it is alopecia and I still haven't mentioned anything. Should I tell them or contact the breeder or something? This puppies mother is a new line to the breeders breeding stock and this is the female's second litter, first blue. I really don't want to break the news to them, they think it's the puppy ugly phase.The breeder is a very sweet lady, who even wrote me letter for helping one of her puppies find a good home. I don't know what to do...
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I'd stay out of it for now at least. IF it is alopecia, it will become more noticeable, and the 'parents' will take it from there. Hopefully, the breeder did not breed two blues together. Always a terrible thing. Lots of deaf and deformed pups can come from these breedings.
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I'd stay out of it for now at least. IF it is alopecia, it will become more noticeable, and the 'parents' will take it from there. Hopefully, the breeder did not breed two blues together. Always a terrible thing. Lots of deaf and deformed pups can come from these breedings.
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The father was a blue fawn and the mother was a black iris.
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Breeding two Blues together is not dangerous, it is only Merles that should never be bred together regardless of colour
However breeding two blues can increase the chances of CDA, which is unsightly but not really a health issue.
I would definitely inform the breeder, but do have the pup checked by a vet as it could be an allergy or mange or something entirely unrelated to colour that is causing the hair loss.
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Breeding two Blues together is not dangerous, it is only Merles that should never be bred together regardless of colour
However breeding two blues can increase the chances of CDA, which is unsightly but not really a health issue.
I would definitely inform the breeder, but do have the pup checked by a vet as it could be an allergy or mange or something entirely unrelated to colour that is causing the hair loss.
It's not my puppy though. Should I just stay out of it?
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It's your call. If i had bred the puppy I would want to know if it has CDA.
It is always a risk with blue dogs though, so really the responsibility is with the pups owner, if you don't want CDA don't choose a dilute colour.
Are the owners still happy with their pup? There is still a chance it isn't CDA, and even if it is the pup will still lead a full and healthy life.
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It's your call. If i had bred the puppy I would want to know if it has CDA.
It is always a risk with blue dogs though, so really the responsibility is with the pups owner, if you don't want CDA don't choose a dilute colour.
Are the owners still happy with their pup? There is still a chance it isn't CDA, and even if it is the pup will still lead a full and healthy life.
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I'll wait and see if his vet says anything to him at the next visit. If the vet sees no concern, I won't even bring it up. I hope it's not though. I recommended the breeder (very nice lady) and this is his first chihuahua. He's new to the breed and doesn't know much, so he is not aware of the blue gene concerns.
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I'll just wait it out like you said above. Just see what the vet says.

It really isn't your fault, you had good experiences with this breeder and had every right to refer your friend to her.

The breeder most likely knows the new added risk with adding a new female into her breeding line.

Just let it pan out and go from there
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