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Are You Familiar With Snow Nose?

I don't mean nosy noses investigating snow, I'm talking about a condition that affects some dogs called snow nose. Most commonly seen in light- and white-coated breeds, it refers to a color change in the Winter months as a dark nose fades light when temperatures drop but then reverts back to its normal shade as Summer approaches.

Don't worry, this isn't a disease or ailment, it just affects the pigment and the hue you see. For most involved pooches, it's a pink-to-light-brown stripe in the center of the nose while the edges remain black. While some people believe it's purely snow related, cases of this seasonal condition in warmer climates show that it is most likely also caused by shorter daylight months, not the cold, wet stuff itself.

Older pups often keep this lighter color year-round as they age— have you spotted anything like it with your furry friends?


Source: Flickr User Shmoomeema

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ren_kr ren_kr 6 years
one of my dogs have snow nose! interesting! I always wondered why her nose was pinkish most of the time. thought it was just her coloring since she's all white
stellaRuby stellaRuby 6 years
Our Ruby Cavalier gets snow nose too. We tell her that she needs to reapply the shoe polish to her nose.
Princess-Giggles Princess-Giggles 6 years
I love this dog!!! It is so beautiful!!!
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
my parents dog has snow nose and it doesn't snow EVER where they live!
trinalina trinalina 6 years
Only my poodle mix gets the lighter nose - this is comforting though to know there is nothing wrong with her lol
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