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Old 22nd October 2006, 07:45 PM
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Lack of pigment on nose and mouth

Is it a common occurance for a puppy to be born w/ no pigment on the mouth and nose? We are getting a reverse brindle girl and saw her birth picture today. She had no pigment there. The breeder said the vet didn't say anything about it and she now has the pigment, but we just wondered if this is something to worry about.
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Old 23rd October 2006, 02:38 AM
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Very normal Especially for a pup with white facial markings.

The white areas on a boxer are areas of no pigment. And pigment is something that develops over time - including after birth. In fact, it starts from a few specific points on the dog and spreads out from there (in utero, that is). Anyway, pigment distribution is not normally complete at birth - that's why the white markings on a young puppy normally "shrink" as the pup grows. Alongside that, the pigment round the nose leather and mouth generally take some time to fill in. Most of it is likely to be there by 8 weeks, but in some cases it can take a little longer. Even white boxers have black noses though despite being pink in their early days of life.
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Old 6th November 2006, 11:48 AM
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Mia's nose was very pink when we brought her home at 8wks. She is now 6 mos and it has filled in almost completely. Sad, cause everyone loved her pink nose.





Old 6th November 2006, 03:58 PM
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My white male had very little pigment on his nose when he was tiny, it isn't completely black but it's a lot darker now
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Old 1st December 2006, 04:31 AM
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It is normal for pups to be born with pink noses. They will normally be black by the time they are 8 weeks of age... No need to worry.

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