Bald Thigh Syndrome

skin & connective tissue

A cosmetic condition common to sighthounds characterized by hair loss on the thighs. It is caused by a structural abnormality of the hair follicle.

  • Signs and symptoms

    Signs include hair loss on both thighs, sometimes extending to the chest.

    Signs can be recognized in any age dog.

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  • Diagnosis

    Genetic testing, clinical signs, and skin biopsy can be used to diagnose this condition.

  • Treatment

    This is a cosmetic condition. There is no known treatment, but some topical medications may help encourage hair regrowth.

  • What to do if your dog is at risk


    • Follow your veterinarian's advice with regard to bathing, nutrition, and medication.

  • Genetic Information

    This mutation was first described in Greyhounds.

    This mutation has an autosomal recessive inheritance, meaning that dogs must have two copies of the mutation in order to show clinical signs.

    Gene names:

    IGFBP5 ‐ chr

    Inheritance type:


  • Breeds affected

    This health condition affects the following breeds

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