SEM Study of Hair Cuticle in Some Canidae Breeds

Mirela Cadar


The hair fiber study is very actual due to its implication especially in forensic medical expertise. It was studied the usual and SEM microscopic morphology of primary hair fibers collected from mature male dogs of five well-known breeds: Husky, Bichon Maltese, Golden retriever, Labrador and German Shepherd. Descriptive observations and quantitative data obtained by micrometry do not lead to significant differences to permit identification of one breed by simple hair examination. But, comparing the hair fiber quantitative parameters obtained in our study with those ones known in specialty literature concerning the human hair, we can conclude that there are differences among medullary index values and as index could be an identification criterion.


hair cuticle, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM),Canidae

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