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Labrador Colorings

How many colours are there?!

Strictly speaking, there are only three different Labrador colours; black, yellow and brown (also known as chocolate.)

These are the colours recognized and accepted by the CKC in Canada, AKC in the United States and the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom.

However, in practise there is a wide range of shades. Yellow labradors range from palest cream to coppery fox red. Even in brown shades, the light brown is called a lilac.

Historically, blacks were the preferred colour of Labrador. In the late 1800s and 1900s, Yellow Labradors and Chocolate Labradors were mostly undesirable and often culled as a result. It is widely believed that the black Labrador retriever is the best of the colours to use as a hunting dog. Why? Black Labradors were selectively bred for their working genes so they have a natural drive and temperament for hunting pursuits in their genes. Yellow and especially Chocolate Labs have been mainly bred for their appearance and to closely match the standard for show. They have not been selectively bred for working. Finally a black dog blends into grasses and woodland better than a bright yellow dog and so is far less likely seen by the hunters prey. That being said, Fox Red Labs also blend into cattails in the marshes beautifully.

So, what colours do we breed at Copperpond Labradors?

First of all, we don't breed specifically for colours. The most important part of our breeding philosophy is to make sure genetically our dogs have the best combination for a healthy, long life. Our male is black with chocolate genes, our females are both in the yellow spectrum, one being a copper fox red and the other a medium yellow so this means we are able to produce puppies in black, chocolate, yellow, creams and fox red!

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