Recent studies demonstrate that zoophilic dermatophyte fungi, e.g., Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Microsporum canis, where emergent, are responsible for human scalp infections and the carrier state in Adana, Turkey. The aim of this study was to determine which fungi predominated the carrier state of dermatophytes and their prevalence among dogs without lesions. The fungal flora of the coats of 154 asymptomatic dogs were examined. Four (2.6%) dermatophyte strains were isolated; three T mentagrophytes var. mentagrophytes (75%) and one M. gypseum (25%). M. canis was not isolated from any dog during the study. A detailed survey of this keratinophilic fungus, with a particular emphasis on cats, is needed to determine the exact dermatophyte flora. (C) 2008 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.