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    I have a 5 1/2 year old yellow female that is getting quite white in the face. I am just wandering if it might be the extra stress of having me as an owner or if some dogs just get prematurely gray just like us humans?
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    a guy I know has a lab golden mix, she is 5 yrs old but looks like she is 12. The gray goes all the way up to her eyes.

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    Dogs just vary when they gray up. My first lab started getting a gray muzzle when he was 3. My current lab is 7 and has just a few gray hairs on his chin. I can't comment on the stress factor.....
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    Varies from dog to dog...have a 11 year old that everyone thinks is 6-7...very little gray, a 10 year old thar has had the same amount of gray for 4 years, an 8 year old that has more gray than his mama did when she had to be euth at 10. The 6 year old male I'm breeding to now has more gray than any of my "oldies".
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    A chocolate I had years ago started to grey when she was 2-1/2 and lived to 14-1/2!

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    certain lines of dogs are just graybeards...Mirk has as much gray as I do..I remember he started getting it at age six and he is 13 now and he even has gray eyebrows
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Tome View Post
    Dogs just vary when they gray up. My first lab started getting a gray muzzle when he was 3. My current lab is 7 and has just a few gray hairs on his chin. I can't comment on the stress factor.....
    Our experience has been similar. We have had labs gray up early. I have a littermate to Mike's 7 year old dog and I think he has 3 or 4 gray hairs under his chin. You need to hunt for them to see them.
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    I started to notice my chocolate starting to turn grey on his chin at about 2 1/2. I suspect he's going to have a white face at 6 or 7.

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    They say stress can cause it. My golden really got gray after her litter of pups! lol

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    Going on 11 yo; started graying at 5yo! Love him!! My heart dog! Blackie
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