Dog With Skin Condition Has A Face You Can’t Forget

A black Lab named Rowdy has a skin condition called vitiligo, which has left him with matching white eye patches.

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No, this dog isn't wearing a mask. Via Niki Beiser Umbenhower/Facebook

The most beautiful things in this world do not blend in — they demand your attention with their bold individuality. Rowdy is one of these beautifully unique things.

The black Labrador Retriever from Canby, Oregon, has a skin condition called vitiligo, Fox 12 Oregon reports. This condition causes loss of color in patches of the skin, and it can be found in humans — most notably, the late Michael Jackson — and animals.

Luckily, veterinarians say the condition is not threatening and they do not expect the condition to have an affect on Rowdy aside from the loss of pigmentation, according to Fox 12.

Rowdy’s signature look is so memorable, though, because his vitiligo left him with matching white patches around his eyes. The patches resemble a superhero’s mask, making the already cool Rowdy about a billion times cooler.

Because not only has this eye mask made him a local celebrity, he has also overcome some seriously crazy scenarios in his 13 years. His owners, Niki and Tim Umbenhower, told Fox 12 Oregon that Rowdy not only survived being poisoned by river water, but also being accidentally shot by police during a mistaken burglary.

So… is Rowdy ACTUALLY a superhero? Hmm…

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  • Rowdy IS a HERO…bless him!!

    Connie Chauvel-Gomez December 30, 2015 1:30 am Reply
  • what a magnificent looking dog. i’m sure he’s aware of his uniqueness.

    Eli Carin December 30, 2015 1:45 am Reply
  • Awww so sweety, and cute at the same time 🙂 pleased that this condition is not a life threat. And the police should be more careful not to just shoot out 🙁
    Go Rowdy !!!!

    JUDY December 30, 2015 1:51 am Reply
  • rowdy is most definitely a hero and he most certainly has earned his name. the officer who shot rowdy should have known better- I most certainly believe – but it only brings rowdy from heroism to SUPER heroism.

    we too, have a thirteen-year-old black-lab and are so grateful for all of the joy she has brought to us and continues to bring us. this senior-years are very special times to be cherished.

    much love to rowdy and gratitude to those who have loved him his whole life.

    for rowdy and for our “sweet shayna” ……… I PRAY that they will continue to bless us with their love for as long as they are able before going home to the “rainbow bridge.”

    lisa December 30, 2015 2:11 am Reply
  • Vitiligo can – in humans – be a marker of cancer. So keep in mind if this is also the case for dogs.

    Susanne Jurek December 30, 2015 2:55 am Reply
  • Rowdy you’re my new favorite super hero. God bless you sweety.

    Heather Ruckman December 30, 2015 3:47 am Reply
  • @Susanne J, I never knew that vitilgo could be a precursor to cancer. I know 2 people who have it and will tell them just a FYI. As far as Rowdy, he’s so adorable and apparently part cat as he has already used some of his 9 lives. Live long and healthy Rowdy.

    Mary H December 30, 2015 3:58 am Reply
  • Actually, the few studies that have been done say that people with vitiligo have a reduced incidence of all types of skin cancer, and there are no other risk factors associated with the disease.

    Karen December 30, 2015 4:44 am Reply
  • I have vitiligo, and I also have “patches” around my eyes. It’s always bothered me, but now I can just say I’m a superhero, just like Rowdy!

    Diana December 30, 2015 5:45 am Reply
  • He is an amazing dog. Handsome and an awesome looking super hero. He has a purpose on earth.

    Dee December 30, 2015 5:49 am Reply
  • He is so special and handsome. God Bless you Rowdy for many many years to come.


    Jaye D December 30, 2015 6:04 am Reply
  • What a handsome guy! Precious indeed. God bless you, Rowdy……..enjoy life. You’re loved and blessed.

    Jacqueline F December 30, 2015 6:07 am Reply
  • What a beautiful boy! God bless Rowdy.

    J. C. December 30, 2015 6:08 am Reply
  • I think he’s absolutely beautiful

    hotaskel December 30, 2015 6:27 am Reply
  • I think he is absolutely handsome !!! AND a true hero on top of that! KUDOS Rowdy…you’re like your tv western name sake..Rowdy Yates of Rawhide aka Clint Eastwood a quiet hero full of honor…KUDOS big fella !!!

    Wayne December 30, 2015 6:32 am Reply
  • Yes Rowdy is a super hero! he survived the posioning and being shot! H e HAS TO BE A SUPER HERO! <3

    Sandy December 30, 2015 7:46 am Reply
    • Nonihtg I could say would give you undue credit for this story.

      Mira February 9, 2016 11:10 pm Reply
  • I too have vitiligo..I’ve seen people that have a mask like face. I was very, very lucky. My whole body just got lighter. I’m very fair skin now and have to be very very careful in the sun. I never knew pets could have this condition. You are so handsome Rowdy…may God continue to bless you and your family.

    Joan Ryan December 30, 2015 7:57 am Reply
  • OMG how adorable. I don’t know how anybody couldn’t resist him.

    Wendy D December 30, 2015 8:03 am Reply
  • Bless your sweet heart, Rowdy… And your humans and the vet who treated you. You seem like such a loveable fellow. You’re an inspiration. Wishing all y’all well and happy for all your days to come. BearOOO

    Sunni Little Bear Biggs December 30, 2015 8:06 am Reply
  • You are handsome boy, Rowdy!

    Cynthia December 30, 2015 8:21 am Reply
  • Beautiful, I also have vitaligo and labs:)

    Eileen Huff December 30, 2015 8:31 am Reply
  • Rowdy is 1 of God’s Angels. What a real cutie.

    Cathy December 30, 2015 10:44 am Reply
  • ROWDY, wow, More of God’s magnificent, beauty and uniqueness to be admired. Resisting bullets qualifies him as a superhero. Thank You for sharing!

    C. Dorsey December 30, 2015 12:29 pm Reply
  • Rowdy belongs on a tee-shirt. This world needs superheroes 🙂

    KatWrangler December 30, 2015 3:14 pm Reply
  • he is beautiful and unique.
    I agree with katwrangler….we do need superheroes.

    Susan Hayek-Kent December 30, 2015 3:20 pm Reply
  • Rowdy is just beautiful. He’s one of God’s great creations.

    Sandra Geisenhof December 30, 2015 5:15 pm Reply
  • He is SO unique and adorable! LOVE the look, Rowdy!

    Renee Crevelli December 30, 2015 5:23 pm Reply
  • Rowdy:

    I love you! What a great face you have!

    Gigi December 30, 2015 5:49 pm Reply

    night magic December 30, 2015 6:34 pm Reply
  • Wow! Beautiful, unique dog and I agree, definitely a superhero! I’d never heard of vitiligo before, although now that I think about it, I’m sure I have probably seen some people who have it and just didn’t realize the cause! So Rowdy is also a teacher who can make people aware of this condition!

    Lynn December 30, 2015 7:59 pm Reply
  • I hope his guardians use skin protectant around his eyes. Due to the lack of fur, he needs protection against the sun.

    Guest100 December 30, 2015 8:42 pm Reply
  • Did the fur turn white or did it fall out & leave bare skin? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an animal with this. He looks like a very happy dog. Go Rowdy!!

    Jenni December 30, 2015 10:11 pm Reply

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