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    Hello

    I have 2 foxies names Max and Sam. They both come from the same litter so their brothers (Sam is the runt of the litter) and as far as i know their pure breed.

    Anyways they would have to be pushing close to 10 years old now, but there coats have lost so much colour. I've been doing some reserach and some people say dogs dont loose colour and others say its just the aging process. What i want to know is, is there any way i can try to get the colour back?

    Here are some pics to show you how much the colour has faded

    Edit: Forgot to say, the fading only seems to be to their faces and not their bodies

    Max
    2006
    http://i54.tinypic.com/ftg0ug.jpg

    2010

    http://i55.tinypic.com/21bowax.jpg

    Sam
    2006
    http://i51.tinypic.com/35d16pc.jpg

    2010
    http://i55.tinypic.com/2lntwt2.jpg
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    Like people dog's go grey with age... mostly around the muzzle and face area, but you can also spot grey hairs in other spots on some... Dooee is about to turn 13 and has some grey but not too much, his sister has much more grey than him... Often if they have an injury or even play fighting and loose hair, the new hair will be void of colour... your lucky your dogs have lots of white... mine are all black.. lol... while I know some show people have been known to dye their dogs coats, I really wouldnt recommend it... it adds to their personality... they look like great little dogs...

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    Mischa just turned 8 in January and has greyed significantly around her muzzle, eyes, chest and front legs in the last 18 months or so. She is also starting to need to go to the toilet halfway through the night, where before she happily slept the night away. It's all part of the process unfortunately. The colour won't come back unless you use makeup. But you can give them fish oil caps and extra protein to make their coats shinier so it's not as noticeable.


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    You can buy horse shampoos that enhance color, but really, it's all just part of the aging process, they look fine to me!

    Sierras suggestion of fish oil is great, will give them a nice shine and that might help make the color look brighter.

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    Ok guys thanks. I would never dye my dogs fur lol, that came back in alot of google searches. i was just woundering if there was anything diet wise that might help bring back some colour

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    Why does the colour worry you?

    As others have said, it is a natural process of ageing. I kind of think that dogs with grey faces look distinguished and even regal sometimes.

    I have a 6 year old girl that is very grey already and a 9 year old boy who has only one or two grey hairs. It is interesting how they all go grey at different ages.
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    It was worrying me because allot of people in other forums said that dogs only go gray because of a bad diet, so i thought maybe that was the case.

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    Bad diet?

    I'd be telling the people who claim this that they are foolsih. Good dog, what a load of codswallop.

    Going grey is genetic more than anything else. Environment also plays a role, but only if the environment is of extremes. ie If the dog only ate garbage from the bin, you would expect he would age quicker, or, if the dog was left to fend for itself in extreme temperatures and was absued, you would expect it might age quicker.

    Most of it is purely just age and genetics though.
    Last edited by Anne; 04-19-2011 at 01:48 PM. Reason: Toned down my 'style' ;)
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    Totally agree with Anne.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    ok thanks

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