Labrador Retriever Colors Can Be A Contentious Issue Among Certain Breeders.

Labrador Retriever colors are fairly wide ranging. From solid colors to brindles, to dual colors like black and tan.

Although only three basic colors are recognized by the different kennel unions and associations around the world.

These three are yellow, black and chocolate or brown. A white spot on the chest is sometimes present which is permissible by the unions, but definitely not preferred.


So if you are intending to show your dog, or even register it with your local kennel union. Please make sure that it adheres to their rules and standards or it will be disqualified.

If you are only wanting it as a pet or as a working dog, the coloring is of far less importance, temperament is a lot more important.

Yellow labs, the most common by a reasonably large majority throughout the world, range in color from light cream (mistakenly called white by some) to a reasonably dark red (sometimes called fox red).

Next comes the black lab. These are generally pitch black.

Last but by no means less important comes the chocolate Lab. With chocolate Labs you also get a fairly good variety of shades.

Some quite contentious, like the silver, blue or charcoal Lab.

Color, like most traits, characteristics and looks of all kinds are due to genes passed down by the parents. There are mainly two genes that determine a Labs coloring.

1) The B locus, is the determining factor in the density of the pigment in the coat. For instance, dense pigmentation equals a dark coat (black). Less dense pigmentation equals a lighter coat (chocolate).

2) Secondly, the D locus is the determining factor in whether pigment is produced at all. A dog producing very little pigment will be yellow (the recessive D allale gene will not produce much pigment)


Numerous other genes also come into play to determine the differing shades of color.

Labrador Retriever colors can be affected by recessive genes emerging after a number of generations.

A black Lab can carry recessive chocolate and/or yellow genes, so too a yellow lab and so on.

Also different parts of the body can be affected, for instance the nose, lips and gums can be black, brown, light yellow brown or a number of other colors.

Trying to correct any pigmentation issues through breeding is very unreliable due to the fact that color is determined by many genes, any number of which could be recessive and as a consequence, with regard to colors you can never be sure what you might end up with.

To find out about Labrador Retriever colors in more detail please follow the links below:-

Go to Black Labrador Retrievers

Go to Silver Labrador Retrievers

Go to Fox Red Labrador Retrievers

Go to Dudley Labrador Retrievers

Go to Yellow Labrador Retrievers

Go to White Labrador Retrievers

Go to Chocolate Labrador Retrievers

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