A greymuzzle (or graymuzzle) is an older furry fan. It's generally meant as a term of respect, rather than an insult. Depending on who one asks, a greymuzzle may be:
- Any person involved in the fandom before 1991;
- Any fan who is over a certain age (30, 40, 45, or 50 depending on whom you ask);
- Any person who has been in the fandom for a certain period of time (5, 10, 15 years);
- Any person who had to use raw telnet to access furry MU*, before the advent of chat clients
Originally, greymuzzles meant pre-internet furries, but there are a growing number of decade-long FurryMUCK or alt.fan.furry users who would easily qualify as greymuzzles in most minds. In some related fandom groups, a greymuzzle may only have been involved for a few years, depending how young they are. Generally, a greymuzzle is a long term fan who is also over the age of 35. The term may be a reference to some breeds of domestic canine (such as the Labrador Retriever) which develop grey fur on their muzzles as they reach old age.
Some furries choose to reject the term entirely, believing that it is an unnecessary additional label.