Hairless dog becomes local sensation for his natural mohawk

He was born with an unusual hairstyle (Photo: Cassandra Smetka / Caters News)

Stripe, a Chinese Crested Shih Tzu, is nearly bald due to his breed, but attracts attention with his incredible mohawk.

Her owner Cassandra Smetka, from Toronto, points out that her unique hair is completely natural and is due to mutated genes.

Cassandra and her partner Edward adopted the pooch last year, during the pandemic, but the couple admit they have never seen a Chinese crested with such an unusual hairstyle.

The couple were specifically looking for a hairless puppy as they both struggled with a pet’s fur – and when they first saw the three-month-old Stripe, he was the only one left in his litter. .

Cassandra, who works in education, said: “Her baldness is natural, as well as her mohawk. It is the result of a mutation in one of her genes called FOXI3, which also affects the development of the teeth. He has an abnormal orientation of his canines because of this.

Stripe’s unusual look has also made him a celebrity, both locally and on social media.

But Cassandra adds that people sometimes mistake him for a “pig” or a dog with alopecia, due to his lack of hair.

Stripe in a hoodie

Hi Stripe (Photo: Cassandra Smetka / Caters News)

She said: “There are people who think he is a completely different animal, someone asked us if he was a pig because he has a little curly pigtail.

“There are also people who think he suffers from canine alopecia. On the other hand, we get a ton of support and people who love her hair and the overall look.

“A lot of people are really curious and will stop and ask to pet it. We love to share it with the community.

“We always wonder if we’ve shaved his entire body and left the mohawk on, or if we’re styling it that way. Our answer is simply “no”, he was born with his mohawk and there is no maintenance.

Stripe the Shih Tzu sporting an attractive fully dressed Mohawk

Working the camera (Photo: Cassandra Smetka / Caters News)

As Stripe is a hairless dog, he needs special care such as SPF and sun suits in the summer.

It also has a special antibacterial and antifungal shampoo, which helps improve the effectiveness of its skin barrier to environmental allergens.

Stripe posing in sunglasses and a fur coat

What a look (Photo: Cassandra Smetka / Caters News)

Stripe’s striking appearance also led to a number of modeling opportunities.

Cassandra adds: “We started by doing collaborations here and there. Finally, we applied to be a model for Hype Pups, a pet shop, and we were accepted.

“Now we have a great collection of their clothes and Stripe’s fashion sense has surpassed mine. He now has clothes for all occasions.

“Recently my mom, Stripe’s grandmother, started sewing and made several of her winter outfits. He wears sherpa and fleece for the winters in Canada. ‘

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