My two don't have that. My female is 13 months and my male is 5 months. Some Min Pins do get white hair. Georgie has one white hair and has had it for a long time. I have seen pictures of some with quite a lot of white hair but it is not "AKC" standard and not show quality. But who cares!! I did not know that they did not have the white hair right away. Hopefully, someone else will know more. Mine have grown more hair as they got older and maybe that is what is happening and it happens to be white.
By the way, she is absolutely adorable. Cannot get mine to keep a sweater on even when it is so cold. May try again this year.
k9lover..she is a sweetie...I cant see the white in the pics...but it is a fault to have a white area of any size...but that is just for the show ring or breeding that that counts any way...as a pet she seems perfect...just enjoy her and btw...the outfit is really cute too...she looks a lot like the minpin I had called miranda...she was such a love bug...
If this is something that is slowly progressing with age, it could be just natural fading. You may notice that very old dogs get white around their muzzles. This harks back to their ancient wolf roots. Wolves can start turning white as early as one or two years old. Most dogs don't have this happen, althugh many do get small patches of white hair when they are very old. A few dogs though, especially smaller breeds, are known for getting white hairs a lot earlier. Some small breed dogs may even turn almost completely white/silver over time. Here are some pictures of my dog. Although she started out completely black, she began fading to white by about two or three years old. Her belly is now completely silver, and her shoulders, neck, and face are all starting to get white hairs (this is extremely unusual for a dog her size though). http://tinyurl.com/c2xpv http://tinyurl.com/d5gco
Have no clue as to why she's all of a sudden getting white patches, but she is sooo adorable!!! I have a red min pin and trying to adopt another red one very soon. They have to do a home inspection and a few other things and I might be able to adopt. It is true what everyone's been saying.. they are addictive and ya can't have just one lol. Do you have any others? Her outfit is so cute!
It looks more like a fading in color than white hairs. In my experience if a min pin has white it is born with it. I have not ever seen one get white in as it gets older. Unless it is several years old and turning gray around its muzzle. Does she spend a lot of time outdoors? I just had a litter of 6 min pins born and 3 of the 6 have white on their chests. Very disappointing!! Neither of the parents have white on them but, it is in the genes somewhere. I do not plan to breed this pair again. Although the white is not large in area it is frowned upon for sure.
She hardly goes outside.. only to go potty and spends an hr or 2 at the most outside a day. I have noticed that Ruby is not very cold/heat tolerant and shes prone to alot more things (health wise) than Tess, my other min pin is. Maybe she got the bad end of the genetics for her litter? She was the runt.
Like I said in my post, this is probably color fading--it is natural in wolves, but not seen so much in our domesticated version. However, it does show up on occasion. It has nothing to do with bad genetics, it is just chance. Smaller breeds are more prone than larger dogs to color fading (of this extreme), but again, it is perfectly natural, though unusual, even at a very young age.