Black hairs on a golden retriever

Photo by Djanick Michaud.

Photo by Djanick Michaud.

Most golden retrievers don’t have any black hairs on them, but sometimes, they experience somatic mutations that allow black pigment to appear on their fur.

Djanick Michaud sent me this photo of this dog with just a few black hairs that are likely the result of one of these mutations.

It’s not heritable, but you can get some weird black hairs in a purebred golden retriever.

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