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I'm assuming that the stairs you are referring to are rust colored. (kind of purplish red) If that's the case it's cause by him licking his beard into his mouth. Very common in every breed. The hair turns colors due to high acidity in the body. The only real way to get the stains to go away is to wash his beard either every day or at least once a week. It will eventually grow out.

For example.. I groom 2 Shih Tzus every week. One has that rusty color all over his beard from his eyes and him licking his beard in. They also have severe allergies so we always had to use Hypo on them. Well, I got a new shampoo in that I wanted to try. It is a medicated shampoo. I started using it on this Shih and after 2 months I noticed a difference. I mean really noticed a difference. I see him every week so I hadn't paid that much attention. But his face was going white again. He is now COMPLETELY white. I talked to mom and she hadn't changed food or his meds. Everything had stayed the same. Even mom had noticed. She hasn't seen a white beard on him since he was a puppy.

That shampoo is called Lave-n-derm by Natures Specialties.
 
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