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Old 07-26-2010, 01:50 AM
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Fur turning white quickly

Hi to everyone. I am a new member.

I just got my second Golden about a month ago. He will be four years old in October. I have noticed many new white hairs on his face in the last few days. I understand the they can start to get white hairs at any age, but this is happening quickly. He looks very different than he did a week or two ago. Is it normal for there to be such a rapid change? It is troubling me. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:21 AM
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This may be way off, but...could his face have been touched up by the previous owner to more easily find a new home for him? Some dogs go white earlier than others and since does make them look older, they didn't want him to appear older than he is.
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If your dog has had a huge change in his life (new home, new people, new life), then that is quite enough stress to cause all those white hairs.

Our collie went through the same thing when my sister (indeed my whole fam) adopted him. He started going white on his nose, eyebrows, back, and ears.

And stress can have the same impact on younger dogs. My golden is two, and he started getting white hairs on his back, eyebrows, and whiskers. I assume it has everything to do with a tough year we had last year and then his developing storm phobia this summer.

I wouldn't worry about it unless you can see other health issues (behavior, energy, eating, etc).
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Do you have a pedigree or something where you can verify his age?
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My fiance's mom has a yellow lab that this happened to. The vet said that the death of their Golden is what set it off. He took on the "old dog" persona after Buck died, even though he was only 5 at the time.
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My old golden started getting a white face just under 3 years of age. I thought it was fairly early at the time but read where lot's do. So I wouldn't worry about it.
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Teddi is only three years old. I have noticed a lot of gray on her face coming out lately. Some just gray. She had some under her chin, but now it is on her eyes too. Max took forever to gray, over ten before she started. Teddi is graying early. Just her genes.

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Same with Bender, she started going white in the face around 4 or so. Has not affected much, she's coming up on 13 and going strong.

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lucy too. just started at approx age 4 also. the darker goldens obviously easier to tell but everything ive read no big deal about..i wouldnt worry about it.. : )
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Our previous golden was 2 when we got our weimaraner. Within 3 years her face was white. Come to think of it that weimy has cause me quite a few gray hairs too!

We recently adopted a white faced boy. He is only 6. If I didn't have his papers I would swear he was older.
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