Balding dog constantly overlooked because of its rare condition finally has a home

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Reggie the 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who is suffering from extreme hair loss.

An elderly dog has finally found a home after being constantly overlooked because of its unusual balding appearance.

Reggie the 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier suffers from Cushing’s disease which causes severe fur loss.

The little dog, who weighs just 4.5kg, spent more than seven months at Dogs Trust in West London where he received no interest.

Reggie the 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who is suffering from extreme hair loss.
Reggie the 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier (left) who is suffering from extreme hair loss pictured with his friend Lucy.

But this all changed when Annette and Duncan Fairbairn from Hampshire saw Reggie’s profile online.

They have Miniature Yorkshire Terrier called Lucy who suffers from the same condition – making the two pint-sized pooches perfect partners.

Annette said: “When our Yorkshire Terrier Abby passed away we knew we wanted to find a new companion for Lucy as we could see how lonely she was.

“We knew that it was going to be a bit of a task finding her a suitable canine brother or sister because we really needed a dog that would fit in with her age, size and health issues.

“We looked around online and eventually found Reggie at Dogs Trust West London, and were delighted that the two of them got on really well at our regular visits.

“We were a little nervous about getting another dog at first, but, when the time came to collect Reggie, it was obvious that they were going to be really good for each other.

Reggie the 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who is suffering from extreme hair loss.
Annette and Duncan Fairbairn with their new rescue dog Reggie the 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who is suffering from extreme hair loss.

“As they both suffer with Cushing’s disease they need very similar care. They take medication every day to control the effects of the illness.

“We cope very well with their health issues, and they both have a selection of coats in a rainbow of colours to keep them warm in every situation.”

Richard Moore, Dogs Trust West London’s rehoming centre manager, added: “Poor Reggie really didn’t catch people’s eye when they were looking for a dog.

“We’re delighted the Fairbairns found it in their heart to see past Reggie’s looks and got to know his wonderful personality.

“It just goes to show that there really is the perfect home for every dog out there.”

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