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#1 Boris

 

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        Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:03 AM

Hi all,
I have just adopted an adult black Lab from my local animal sanctuary. The people there think that the dog is less than 2 yesr old. However his chin has already gone quite grey, making me think that he is maybe 5 years old or so. I have had Labs in the past, but they were light coloured yellows and could have had grey on their chins for some time before I noticed due to their colouration.

Just wondering what age you would usually expect to see the chin go grey on a Black Lab?

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        Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:33 AM

QUOTE (Boris @ Feb 5 2007, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all,
I have just adopted an adult black Lab from my local animal sanctuary. The people there think that the dog is less than 2 yesr old. However his chin has already gone quite grey, making me think that he is maybe 5 years old or so. I have had Labs in the past, but they were light coloured yellows and could have had grey on their chins for some time before I noticed due to their colouration.

Just wondering what age you would usually expect to see the chin go grey on a Black Lab?


Actually when we got our second black lab, Maggie, she was 7 weeks old. She had a little bit of white on her chin then. I have seen several purebred labs that have this cute characteristic.
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        Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:44 AM

I have seen some black labs grey earlier than others. Jed who is 4.5 years old now justed started showing the first few grey hairs around his muzzle this winter. He is my second black lab I have owned and if my memory serves me right, my first lab greyed around 6-7 years. I believe genetics play a part in the greying process. Your vet could probably inform you on his exact age.
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        Posted 05 February 2007 - 12:54 PM

Phoebe has a silver frosty chin and she's only 3. You can pick it up in some of her 'close-ups' - it probably varies from dog to dog, same as humans.

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        Posted 06 February 2007 - 05:39 AM

Had Boris at the Vet last night just to get a general check over. The animal shelter had said that he is 19 months old, the vet said that was possible, but he would have said 2 years old going by his teeth etc, and no older than 2 and a half. He is a real find, a fantastic dog so far.

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        Posted 12 February 2007 - 06:49 PM

My brother's chocolate is 4, and he's had a gray chin for at least a year now.

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        Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:50 PM

No grey hairs here.. on the dogs..anyway


Silverbacks.. hehehe.. gotta tell my hubby that one.. he's pretty much all grey and only 35 this year.. hehehe.. I've got a few myself.. but am swearing off the hair dye for now.. unless Mr. Paul Mitchel has a made from the wholesome earth organic not tested on animals version..
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