Labrador Retriever Colors
This page is to show and explain the different colors of Labrador Retrievers.
Black is pretty self-explanatory. The AKC standard states, "Blacks are all black. A black with brindle markings
or a black with tan markings is a disqualification," but "a small white spot on the chest is
permissible, but not desirable."
Brassbrigade's Moral Of The Story
Next, we have the color yellow. The AKC standard states, "Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light
cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and
underparts of the dog." There is a wide variation in coloring of yellow Labs. Many people refer to certain shades as blonde, white, champagne, golden, etc., but all of these are still yellow.
Below are some examples yellow Labrador Retrievers.
This is Balrion Red Alert, sire of our girl, Kelleygreen's Brassbrigade T-N-T CGC. Red is an example of the fox-red shade of yellow.
An example of the lighter shade of yellow is Brassbrigade Music Of The Nite.
And then you have everything in between!
Kelleygreen's Brassbrigade T-N-T CGC
Brassbrigade's Southern Sunshine CGC
Enterprise Alexander CD, CGC, TT.
And last, but not least, is the chocolate Lab. As stated in the AKC breed standard, "Chocolates can vary in
shade from light to dark chocolate. Chocolate with brindle
or tan markings is a disqualification."
Special Occasion Some Girls Do
Please be aware that there are a few mismarks which can occur in the Labrador breed. These include black spots on yellows ranging from pinpoint size to covering much of the dog, brindling, black & tan markings, splashing, and white spots ranging from just a few hairs to large areas. While most of these markings are a disqualification in the conformation ring, they do not mean that the dog is not purebred and they in no way take away from the dog's ability to make a wonderful companion.
Choosing which color Labrador Retriever is just a matter of individual preference. Many people tend to think that personality and temperament are dictated by the color. This simply isn't true. Color has nothing to do with how trainable a dog is or their engery level. Once you've decided on the color you prefer, your main concern should be getting a well-bred puppy from a reputable breeder. Make sure both parents of the litter have health clearances. This means a minimum of hip, elbow and eye clearances. A "well-bred" Labrador of any color makes a wonderful companion!!
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