Histologic, Immunohistochemical, and Clinical Features of 27 Mammary Tumors in 18 Male Dogs

J. J. Bearss, F. Y. Schulman, D. Carter

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Twenty-seven mammary tumors from 18 male (3 intact, 15 neutered) dogs were collected. The average age at diagnosis was 9.2 years (range, 2-14 years). Seven of the dogs were Cocker Spaniels. Five dogs had multiple mammary tumors. All tumors were benign. Twenty-six were simple adenomas with mixed acinar and papillary patterns. The acinar pattern was predominant in 17 cases. One adenoma was complex with a prominent myoepithelial component. The myoepithelial component of 25 of the 25 tumors was immunohistochemically positive for calponin and p63. In the cases for which relevant clinical information was available, there was no reported history of obesity, testicular tumors, or sex hormone therapy. Surgery was the only reported treatment for these tumors. Only 1 dog was reported to have developed an additional mammary tumor. None of the dogs for which case outcome was known died or was euthanatized as a result of mammary tumor. Although uncommon, mammary tumors do occur in male dogs. Although mammary tumors may be quite cellular, the presence of an intact myoepithelium, which can be demonstrated with immunohistochemistry for calponin and p63, indicates benignancy, as the clinical behavior documents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)602-607
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • dog
  • male
  • mammary
  • neoplasia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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