I'm with you. That nose is truly bizarre on a full-blooded Golden puppy. I wonder if there's a health condition or a nutritional problem?
Yeah, who knows. There certainly are a variety of medical or nutritional conditions that can cause loss of pigment but -- look closely and you can see the dog has poor pigmentation on the eye rims too. I would think since the puppy came from a good breeder that it's just a genetic thing.
Then again, the poster's picture of her puppy that is a littermate has a perfectly black nose.
I still have never seen a puppy that young with faded pigment like that. Wonder if it will change, if it ever was solid black. Even dogs with noses that eventually faded usually start out with a black button nose.
Anyways I'm not saying all this to degrade the puppy, I am just very interested in color genetics stuff so this is curious to me. Lovely pedigree on the pup and otherwise is irresistible!
I applaud the owners for giving the puppy back. I hear so many stories of "I have to re-home my 3 (or 4, or 5) month old puppy" and it's like -- WHERE IS THE BREEDER??!!!!!