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Old 12-30-2017, 04:14 PM
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My terrier mix, Shadow, started getting grey when he was around 4 or 5 years old. He was black with a little grey on his paws and the tips of his ears, but around that age I noticed the grey around his muzzle. The years slowly passed, and he would get a little more grey in his coat every year, by the time he passed away 12 years later I had had to change the description of his coat color at the vet from black, to black and grey because his chest, face and back end were just about solid grayish white.

Shadow was extremely active up until he had a stroke at the age of 15 years 10 months. He ran, played, and had a zest for life. So long as your dog is healthy, happy, active don't worry about grey hair! Zody, the dog I have now, that's him in my Avatar, will be 5 years old in a week, and this past year I noticed that he's beginning to get white around his mouth. It makes me a bit sad because it does mean he's no longer a young dog, but I know that he could very well live to be 17 like Shadow did, so I'm not too worried about it. He's healthy, happy, active, loves going on walks, runs, jumps, and plays, I doubt that he's going to pass away any time soon.
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Of course there can never be a guarantee for longevity for any living creature, including we humans too. The key is, good food, exercise, and regular medical exams, and prompt care when necessary. Though there still can be no guarantee, you certainly increase the odds that your beloved dog will live a long and healthy life. Those care items are good for us too.
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