Kristy Dagostino: What Colors do Labrador Retrievers Come In?
The Labrador Retriever is one of the breeds I'm considering and want to find out all the colors they come in. I've heard of yellow, chocolate, black, silver, champagne, white, red, brindle, chocolate and tan, and black and tan. Are there any others? I know any color can come with white. Oh, and I've also seen charcoal. I'm leaning towards a chocolate Labrador Retriever. Even though it isn't breed standard I love the little white spots on the chest of some Labs.
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Answer by Dogs Rule
Black, yellow, or chocolate colored are registered. But all the colors you listed are right and every color is solid.
Answer by Bassets4Life
The ONLY colors that a Labrador Retriever comes in is yellow, black and chocolate. Any of the other colors you mentioned are due to the dog being a mixed breed. Only purebreeds have the first three I mentioned. There is nothing wrong with likeing a Lab mix, there are tons in the shelter, why don't you consider adopting one from there? I'm sure they have tons in varying coat colors….
Answer by Alida
I personally do not like labs with white markings on chest, but what many of you may not know is that Labs originated from the St. John's water dog. When you see labs with white stray hairs on chin, spots on chest, or on the underside (bottom paws of feet) of black labs, you are seeing 100-150+ years of genetics coming through modern-day lines. I actually find it funny that the AKC doesn't prefer it considering the fact that these markings are from the Labs actual ancestor – St. John's Water Dog.
I have dogs from known champion lines. This last litter, I had two black, a chocolate, 1 fox red, and what would be considered champagne labs.
Fox reds and champagne labs are registered as yellow labs under AKC. The so-called champagne lab is a yellow with a liver nose and eye rims with greenish/blue eyes. They are considered rare and they are definitely not mixes. Basically, a champagne lab is a chocolate lab in a yellow coat. Also rare are yellow labs with Dudley (pure pink noses and eye rims). These are recessive traits. I did not try to breed champagne labs, they just came out. Generally, they are eebbdd genetically (which means they are chocolate, yellow coats, and nose color for black is turned off).
Answer by Liz L
Officially they only come in 3 colors yellow, chocolate and black.
Obviously they come in different shades of these colors ( silver tan red etc)
A quote of the web is 'People seeking to buy a Labrador puppy should be warned not to buy a puppy described as having a "rare" color for the breed. '
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