|Barked: Sat Jan 7, '12 11:39am PST |
|White hair can show up at just about any age really. Ny, my black lab mix started getting white hair on her muzzle at around 2 years old and she's gotten more and more every year. She's almost 7 years old now and her muzzle is covered in it, feet, even under her tail. lol She used to be jet black when she was a year old.
So I guess white hair shouldn't really be an age determining factor, imho. But then maybe it can go by breed. For example, maybe one breed will generally get white hair around a certain older age and another breed might get white hair earlier, like in Ny's case? (though she's a mix)
Speaking of age, I don't really think teeth are a good indication of age either. Dom, my pittie (mix?) that was abandoned, I know he can't be more than a few years old yet he had teeth as if he was 13 and they were never taken care of. Horrible, horrible tarter build up. Sheets of it. Got that cleaned off though. Figure he had a pretty crappy diet maybe. Some dogs can have really healthy looking teeth, others could have teeth that get really bad, really fast. Or in the case of a dog who eats raw, sparkly white teeth, even at old age.
So graying or teeth condition aren't something I like to strictly go by when guessing a dog's age, but it can help a bit. =)
Edited by author Sat Jan 7, '12 11:40am PST
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