I have a 7 year old female balck lab, who over the past 3 years has started goin white. At this point, her whole muzzle is white as well as the fur between her toes and most of her belly. Why so white so youg?
like humans dogs seem to grey out at different ages - our chihuahua's sister started greying at 2 ...
sadly 7 isn't all that young for many labs either
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I think that is relatively normal for the timeframe and age. I have a 6 year old male who is getting a grey chin and has since he was 4. My 9.5 has got LOTS of white hairs.
Some "lines" of Labs grey sooner than that and even more. I can already see signs of it on my 4 year old yellow. Harder to see, but it is there.
It's usually genetic. Boomer started going gray at 2 1/2 and by the time she died at 16 1/2, she was pretty gray all over.
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My 3 year old Chocolate is quite grey on his muzzle, his neck and now he is starting on his butt. At 7 it is pretty normal.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
genetics, just like people. My mom was all grey by 28, and I was lucky enough to inherit the same fate....
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
That's about normal. Don't forget, 1 dogs year is approximately equivalent to 7 human years depending on the breed so your girl is about 49 in human years.
My boy started going white in the same places as yours around that age (see my siggy pic) & he lived until he was 14. I've also had Pugs that started going grey around 4 or 5. It's just part of them growing old unfortunately.
7 is when labs are considered seniors. I wouldn't consider 7 young. My old boy got really gray around 7. Grace has a gray chin and she'll be 4. Maddy was gray around 2.