This probably seems nit-picky, but since Mulder's little tick incident I've had to give him a thorough looking over.
I noticed around his neck he has a LOT of split ends... basically every hair from an inch past his ears, all the way down to his shoulder blades. Its mostly on the neck, but there's some splitting on his tail too.
I suspect it has something to do with his collar. Its leather, and he wears it loose, but I do keep it on him 24/7. Its probably nothing serious, but I can't help but be curious. I've never seen this on a dog before!
GSDs- Mulder, Ridley, Vega
GSD on the half shell- Rigel