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    My 8 1/2 year old has barely discernible gray on his lower lip. Me on the other hand, that has held the end of the leash of this dog all along, well lets say I keep Loreal in business.
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    I think like people it's highly (maybe totally) genetic. Can "stress" induce a gene? Maybe. But it's still genetic.

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    My YLM is 7, and his face is almost half grey already. His dad went grey early, I was told. My BLF is 4 1/2 and has a little haze of white on the bottom of her chin.
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    My 7yo CLM has very little grey on his chin people always think he's younger and are surprised by his age.

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    My golden female started graying earlier than I expected. I asked her breeder, who is also a vet, and she mentioned that early graying is a heritable trait. The dogs in her line all got gray muzzles on the young side.

    I've heard also that it could be caused by stress or thyroid issues, but I've ruled those out.

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    MY 11 year old has almost no gray but the 10 year old looks like Santa because he has so much white.
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    I was told premature graying is due to a recessive gene.

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