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.Continue Reading
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
Suitable dogs for people with allergies include dogs with single coats, such as the Boston terrier, and dogs with curly or wired coats, including the Griffon and Puli. Others include terrier breeds, including Kerry blue terriers and the Harlequin Great Dane and spotted Dalmatian, both of which have short coats.Full Answer >
Dogs have tear ducts and produce tears to keep their eyes lubricated, according to PetMD. Because they have tear ducts, dogs are prone to experience watery eyes, dry eyes, eye discharge and tear stains on their fur.Full Answer >
Cloudy eyes in dogs are caused by inflammation of the cornea, a condition that is medically referred to as keratitis. Keratitis causes squinting, avoiding light, pawing at the eyes, excessive tearing and loss of transparency.Full Answer >
Miniature Australian shepherds are energetic, affectionate and playful, with athletic builds and medium-length coats. They share most of the characteristics of full-size Australian shepherds, but are between 15 and 35 pounds rather than 40 to 60 pounds.Full Answer >