Red Fox Labrador Retrievers: Controversy, Puppy Cost & More (2023)

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The Red Fox Lab, sometimes known as the Ruby Labrador, is a stunning dog. He is a Labrador Retriever like any other, but with the color of a red fox. Despite being labeled as red in color, he is technically just a deeper shade of the traditional yellow Labrador.

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Like any Labrador, he is energetic and fun to be around, but at the same time, he is also affectionate and gentle with his family, which is why he makes such a great family pet. The color of his coat has no significant bearing on the rest of his appearance, nor his temperament or health issues.

There is not as much controversy surrounding the Fox Red Labrador compared to some of the other colored Labradors, such as the silver Lab, but nonetheless, there are some Labrador fanciers who do not consider him to be a purebred Labrador. Despite the haters, he has many avid fans, and his striking and alternative color is gradually earning him a place amongst the popular pups. So, let’s take a closer look at what this guy is all about.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Prejudice In The Show Ring
  • 3 Red Fox Lab Color Genetics Explained
  • 4 Appearance
  • 5 Temperament
  • 6 Exercise And Training
  • 7 Health
  • 8 Nutrition
  • 9 Grooming
  • 10 Breeders And Puppy Price
  • 11 Frequently Asked Questions
  • 12 Final Thoughts


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The Labrador Retriever’s journey began in Newfoundland in Canada. Traditionally he is a hunting dog who worked on the water collecting the quarry of his fisherman masters, such as ducks and fish. St John’s Dog is the ancestor of the Labrador, and so impressed were the visiting nobles from Great Britain by his working skills that they took him back to England.

Over a few decades, they refined the breed and renamed him the Labrador Retriever, who we know today. Ever since his first registration in America in 1917, they have become a firm family favorite worldwide. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), he is currently the most popular dog breed in America.

It is unknown exactly when this breed came into the world. However, they’ve always been a rare color. For this reason, it is believed that because he was not one of the traditional colors, Fox Red pups were either not registered and, therefore, an unknown entity, or they were sadly culled once their color was realized.

Prejudice In The Show Ring

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It is important to understand that the Red Fox Lab is recognized simply as a yellow Labrador. The red Labrador in any shade does not exist. The Labrador breed standards describe the yellow color as the following: Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog.

So, the color is actually yellow. Because of this, he is allowed to be shown in the conformation ring, also commonly known as the show ring. This is a competition based on the Labrador breed characteristics as a whole. However, despite this, and as with many alternative color dogs, this color Labrador has suffered color prejudice in the canine world two-fold.

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Firstly, kennel clubs across the world do not recognize this color Labrador as a color in its own right. The majority of observers can see that his color is quite different from traditional yellow shades. Ultimately, if you want to register your pup with the AKC, then he must be registered as a yellow Labrador.

Secondly, despite being allowed to compete in the show ring and obedience and performance-related events, many owners and onlookers suggest that the judges of the various competitions mark him less favorably. As such, he is less likely to win or come close to winning. This is simply put, because traditional judges tend to favor traditional and lighter colors more than the Fox Red.

Unfortunately, for these reasons, if showing your Labrador, in any event, is an important factor, then you should either consider getting a more traditional colored Labrador or accept that your pup may be at a disadvantage, even if he is one of the best in the show. However, if he wins, you know that your pup is quite simply an outstanding Labrador specimen.

Red Fox Lab Color Genetics Explained

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All pairs of genes are inherited from the parents, one from Mom and one from Dad. As with most gene pairs, they can come in big or small versions, also known as dominant and recessive genes.

The default color in the Labrador is black. A pair of genes cause this is called the BB genes. So, a black Labrador could have, for example, the Bb gene. Little b is responsible for the genetic code necessary to make a brown coat instead of a black one. But because big B is dominant and switches off little b, he will be black on this occasion. The little b only shows his powers when the bb gene appears. When this happens, you get a chocolate-colored Labrador.

To get a yellow Labrador, you need the genes that switch off the black and brown coat. These are known as the e genes. They come in EE, Ee, and ee. This last ee pair comes together and packs quite the punch, enough to block both the big B and little b genes completely. This is what gives us the yellow Labrador.

In the EE or Ee format you still have a black or brown Labrador. A Fox Red Labrador is simply a variation of yellow. The shading of yellow needed to produce the red coloring is controlled by a pigment called pheomelanin which is controlled by another two different sets of genes, A and C. The A gene controls the production of the red color, and the C gene controls whether or not it is fully expressed or diluted.

These genes do not cancel one another out like the other genes. They work together to produce a variety of different shades, from pale yellow to rich red. The fox color red is quite a rarity.


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This type of Labrador is a rare color, and he is undoubtedly hard to come by. His distinctive color coat is the only real difference between him and any other colored Labrador. He is described as being a deeper, or darker shade, of the yellow Labrador.

This is just as common as the white Labrador being described as a light yellow shade. His color is labeled Fox Red, because it is exactly that, the color of the Red Fox. Other breeds of retrievers have similar coloring (like the golden retriever), meaning that both retriever breeds can have a red color to their coat.

On occasion, they will have slightly deeper pink features around the muzzle. This will appear either in the pigment of the skin or in his nose color, but sometimes he also shares the same black features as his brothers. They are also more likely to have a white spot on their underbelly compared to other Labrador colors. It is thought that this is only because these patches are more visible on their darker skin compared to their yellow brothers.

Just as any other color Labrador, the male Red Fox Lab will measure 22.5 – 24.5 inches from paw to shoulder and will weigh 65 to 80 pounds. Of course, the female will measure slightly shorter, at 21.5 – 23.5 inches, and she will weigh 55 to 70 pounds. They are stocky dogs with thick, powerful necks and thick otter-like tails. They are also cute in their facial expression, with large round eyes that are full of mischievousness.

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Generally, as he is not favored in the ring, he is simply not bred for the ring. It is said that the shooting world kept this breed alive while the conformation world tried to breed him out. For this reason, it would be even rarer to find an English Fox Red Labrador bred for conformation purposes. It’s more common for American Labradors, who are generally bred for hunting. To understand more about the two types of Labradors, you can read about the differences between English vs. American Labradors.

If you like the color coat but aren’t too keen on the Labrador himself, it might be interesting to know that he can often be mistaken for a Vizsla. He has the same facial expression and large ears, with the same color coat, but he is much more athletic in appearance.

He’s oftentimes also . Those who believe that this color Labrador is not a purebred Labrador claim that he is the result of breeding a Labrador with a Vizsla. This causes controversy in the Labrador community. However, as of yet, there is no evidence for such a claim.


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The Red Fox Lab is similar in temperament to that of any colored Labrador: ‘friendly, active, and outgoing’ is the AKC’s description of one of the best canine companions. He is an energetic bundle of fun, and he will certainly keep you on your toes. He will shower you and the whole family with affection.

In addition to his playful nature, he is also a friendly and gentle caninewho is eager to please his humans. Not only would he do anything for you, but he will love snuggling on the sofa once playtime is over for the day. He is also great with smaller animals and young children, as long as he is socialized properly as a pup.

The only difference that has been noted between the Fox Red Labrador and any other color Labrador is that they can be slightly barkier. However, Gregg Tonkin, breeder, comments that this may be because the gene pool is smaller, and a once barky ancestor may be responsible for this. So, it is not necessarily a train as such, but simply an inherited characteristic from one family member.

Exercise And Training

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Labradors are high-energydogs who need at least 60 minutes of active exercise daily. This needs to include high-intensity exercise in order to keep him both physically and mentally stimulated. It’s important to burn up that working energy. This can include swimming in the local lake, retrieving sticks, or participating in local agility events.

The Labrador is a very intelligent pup, and this Labrador is certainly no different. This is one of the main reasons why Labradors are the most popular assistance dogs for the blind. They also excel in many other professions.

Do not underestimate his intelligence, though. He still needs consistent obedience training and a firm master to ensure he grows into a well-mannered adult. Make sure you have plenty of toys available to keep your pup occupied.


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The Red Fox Labrador’s lifespan is, on average, between 10 and 12 years. Generally, he is a healthy dog with no major concerns to be worried about. The color of his coat has no bearing on his health in any way. As such, he shares the same health issues as any other Labrador.

Regardless of his color, any prospective Labrador owner will need to be aware of the following health issues. It’s recommended that his parents be tested for Hip and Elbow Dysplasia. They should also be tested for Exercise Induced Collapse, which is where he can suffer a loss of muscular control following a period of extreme exercise. He should also undergo an Ophthalmologist Evaluation, as certain diseases, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, can eventually lead to total vision loss.

Could Pet Insurance Help?

If your pet insurance covers exam fees and your dog needs to be examined, there is a good chance your policy will reimburse those costs based on your policy details. However, if you are a new customer, vet expenses will not be covered until after your policy’s defined waiting periods, so signing up once you have an existing health concern is not going to help this time. Pre-existing conditions are not covered by any current pet insurance plans.

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This is why it is a great idea to sign up for apet insurance policywhen your pet is young and relatively healthy to ensure you will be covered when you need it most.


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They will eat around 3 cups of food a day. Regardless of color, Labradors are on the continuous hunt for snacks. This is scientifically proven; the POMC is the part of dogs’ DNA that tells them that they are feeling full, and the Labrador does not have this.

This means your Red Lab will likely always be hungry. In order to avoid obesity and other weight-related health issues that he is prone to, it is imperative to control his food consumption and feed him food that fits the breed profile.


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Their grooming needs are similar to any other canine. They are considered to be a heavier shedder when compared to other breeds. He has a double coat which keeps him warm in the colder months.

However, because of this he sheds considerably during shedding season. He will need brushing every day to keep his coat manageable during this time. When he is not shedding, his coat will require brushing once or twice a week.

Breeders And Puppy Price

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A traditional colored Labrador Retriever puppy will cost, on average, anywhere between $1,000 and up from a reputable breeder. This color Labrador Retriever is much rarer. Because of that, you can expect to pay much more as the supply and demand ratio is considerably higher. This breed will cost nearer the higher end of the scale. He is not priced as high as other alternative colors. However, as he is rarer than the traditional yellow or black pups, he may cost slightly more.

Be sure to do your research on reputable breeders beforehand. Many Lab enthusiasts comment that reputable breeders should not charge more for rarer colors. However, if he is healthy and you really want this particular color, then paying the higher price is something you should be prepared to expect.

The AKC lists breeders who have listed their pups for sale, either ready to purchase now or litters that are expected soon. The Labrador Retriever Club also list registered breeders state by state.

Alternatively, if you would like to rescue and adopt a Labrador Retriever, you can also find rescue groups listed state by state solely dedicated to rehoming Labradors. There are plenty of rescue groups across America, and if you are sure that you want the Red Fox Lab as a pet, you may have to invest a little more time, but it will be worth it when you find your canine soulmate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is a better family pet, the Yellow Lab or Fox Red Lab?

Neither coat color really matters when it comes to disposition with a family. It’s really about if the Lab is the right breed for you. You should consider why you’d like a Labrador in the first place? If you are after a loving family pet, then either of them will do just fine. If you want to show your pup in registered events, then the traditional yellow Labrador is a better choice because of the color prejudice described above.

Will a Fox Red Lab maintain his red color?

Yes and no. Yes, he will always be a variant of red throughout his lifetime. He will not randomly turn into a black Labrador. However, he will appear much darker than he is when he is born. Then over the next few weeks, it will become much lighter. Then it will change again over the following few months.

This is the period where their color will darken into the fox red, sometimes dramatically so. The best way to determine what color he will be is to look at his ears. This is the closest color resemblance to what his real coat will be. Once he reaches the age of 2 to 3 years, his color will remain the same.

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Is the Fox Red Labrador related to the Vizsla?

No, despite the claims that this may be true, there is currently no evidence suggesting that he is related to the Hungarian Vizsla. The current evidence suggests that they are purebred Labradors. They are simply a darker shade of traditional yellow.

The Vizsla is of similar appearance to the Labrador Retriever. It’s easy to understand why people think this when the Vizsla has the same color coat, and a smaller but similar build. But ultimately, they are not related.

Can they be registered with the AKC?

Yes, they can be registered as the AKC. They must be registered as a dog with a yellow coat. Your pup may end up being at a disadvantage to other dogs with a more pure yellow coat. For other events like agility, there will be no disadvantage.

Where do Fox Red Labradors originate from?

Little is known about where the coat color originated. We do know that when the color first appeared, it was looked upon with scrutiny, and those dogs were purposely not bred. Breeders did not want the color to continue. Now breeders have embraced the color, and these pups are bred exclusively for their beautiful red coats.

Final Thoughts

The Fox Red Labrador, or the Ruby Labrador, or the deep yellow Labrador is a lovely pup. They are quite simply a ray of sunshine. He is not much different from the standard color Labradors, except in his coat pigment. This pup, however, is much rarer and difficult to find. His coat is rich in color and certainly makes a statement in the Labrador world.

So, if you are lucky enough to get your paws on one of these guys, and you don’t mind that he isn’t favored in the kennel club world, then you will certainly have a friend for life.

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How much does a Labrador puppy cost? ›

You can expect to pay $800-$1000 for a purebred Labrador from a reputable breeder, but if you go through rescues or shelters with your pup it will cost around $100-200 depending on age and area.

What's the difference between a red Lab and a fox red Lab? ›

The Red Fox Lab, sometimes known as the Ruby Labrador, is a stunning dog. He is a Labrador Retriever like any other, but with the color of a red fox. Despite being labeled as red in color, he is technically just a deeper shade of the traditional yellow Labrador.

How long does a fox red Labrador live? ›

They weigh around 65lbs, stand about 22 inches tall and live around 12 years. Today we'll share the breed traits, characteristics and behaviors you can expect from a red fox Lab puppy as they grow and develop.

Are fox red Labradors real Labradors? ›

Today, the fox-red may seem to be the avant-garde member of the yellow-labrador family – it's important to reiterate that fox-red is a shade of yellow labrador, not a colour in its own right – but the darker shade was, in fact, the original.

How long can Labradors be left alone? ›

Labradors can be left alone for no more than 4 hours as they can have separation anxiety. Lab puppies should be left for even less – one hour for each month of age – again up to 4 hours. Labs should certainly not be left for 8 hours or all day as they'll become destructive and anxious.

Should I pay cash for a puppy? ›

Don't use cash!

Paying with cash means that your puppy's breeder won't be traceable should something go wrong. Some breeders take cards, bank drafts and cheques. If they only accept cash, this is a warning sign.

What is the rarest lab color? ›

Which Is The Rarest Color? Silver is the rarest Lab color. Silver is rare because it can only come from a unique genetic makeup. The dilution gene needed to produce this silver hue is a recessive gene and is often masked by the genes for a chocolate coat.

Is a fox red lab a purebred? ›

Some people even claim that these types of Labs are bred unethically to take advantage of the rare coloring. So, are fox red labs purebreds? The short answer is: Yes, these dogs are authentic, purebred Labrador Retrievers with a history that dates back to the earliest days of the breed.

How much is a red fox lab worth? ›

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The average Lab puppy (with a traditional coat color) will cost anywhere between $800-$1200 USD with Kennel Club registered puppies being more expensive. Red Fox Lab puppies cost more than the traditional shades, mostly due to supply and demand, and so will cost around $1,500.

Which color Lab is the smartest? ›

For example, black labs are highly regarded as a working dog, so as a result, are generally thought of as being the most intelligent and quick learners.

Do Red Fox Labs shed a lot? ›

Labs tend to shed more than other short-haired breeds because their hair is incredibly dense and boasts something called a double coat.

Are Red Fox Labs good dogs? ›

A Fox Red Lab is known for being one of the most trainable dogs around. They are eager to learn and love to see their owners happy. A mix of positive reinforcement and patience is the key to a well behaved pup. For these playful pups, dog training should be one big game.

Can Fox Red Labs be KC registered? ›

The Fox Red Labrador isn't a separately recognized color by the major kennel clubs around the world. It's just one of the somewhat wide variation in shades of Yellow Labrador available.

How big do red fox Labs get? ›

No, Fox Red Labradors have the same height and weight as other colored Labs. These hunting dogs are a medium to large breed, weighing in at around 55 to 80 lbs (25 to 36 kg), depending on the gender.

How long do Labrador dogs live? ›

The median longevity for all labs is about 12 years, while the median age for chocolate labs was 10.7. Overall, Labrador retrievers are still one of the longest-living dog breeds, reported another recent study. (Learn more about breeds in "How to Build a Dog.")

How long can a Labrador hold its bladder? ›

Adult dogs can hold their pee for up to 10-12 hours if needed, but that doesn't mean that they should. The average adult dog should be allowed to relieve itself at least 3-5 times per day. That's at least once every 8 hours.

Do you need a big house for a Labrador? ›

An adult Labrador is medium-to large-sized. They will stand about 21 to 24.5 inches tall and weigh 55 to 80 pounds. While they're not the largest type of dog, a studio-sized apartment might get quite cramped. However, a decently sized apartment can accommodate a Labrador.

Are Labradors inside or outside dogs? ›

Labradors are indoor dogs because they want to be where their humans are most of the time. Being social animals, they thrive indoors as part of the household pack. Labradors can bond with their humans outdoors during exercise and training sessions.

What is the safest way to pay for a puppy? ›

Paypal is the safest way to pay for a puppy

If you do send a deposit, make sure it is through Paypal invoice versus sending your credit card details so there would be less chance of fraudulent transactions. It is also easy to get a payment refunded with PayPal in that matter.

How do you not get scammed for a puppy? ›

Research the prices for the breed you are considering ahead of time. Purebred dogs sold at deeply discounted prices are typically frauds. If the seller says they register their dogs with a specific organization, you can call the organization to confirm. Breeder “badges.” AKC does not distribute badges to breeders.

Should I buy a puppy that hasn't been vaccinated? ›

They're highly contagious and if your puppy is not vaccinated against these diseases in their first weeks, they run the risk of severe illness and possibly even death. You should not buy a puppy without them having at least their first batch of shots / vaccinations.

What are the 3 types of Labrador Retrievers? ›

Strictly speaking, there are only three different types of Labrador color: black Labs, brown Labs (usually referred to as chocolate) and yellow Labs. In practice, there is a wide range of shades of yellow Labrador color, from palest cream to richest fox red.

Which colour Labrador is friendly? ›

As a breed, Labradors are all friendly, confident and loving dogs with yellow, black and chocolate the three colours officially recognised by the UK Kennel Club.

Can a full blooded Lab be two colors? ›

The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification.

Are Fox Red Labs dilute? ›

According to the American Kennel Club, the fox red lab is recognized as a purebred yellow lab. This can be confusing because red and yellow are two very different colors! But, genetically the red lab is a dilute version of the yellow coat color.

What age do labs slow down? ›

Labs don't start “settling” down until sometime between two and four years of age. A few labradors are quiet and sedate from early puppyhood onward, and a few others are bouncing puppymaniacs until well into old age, but by and large, you can expect to see mental maturation happening between two and four years of age.

What color Labs does AKC recognize? ›

There are only three AKC-recognized colors for Labrador Retrievers. Those colors are black, yellow and chocolate. However, the recessive color gene that occasionally turns chocolate dogs silver also exists in the Black Lab and Yellow Labs.

Is a boy or girl Labrador better? ›

If you want a playful and goofy companion that acts as a guard dog, you may prefer a male. If you value quick training and a more subtle personality, the female may be the right choice. No matter which you choose, you're sure to have a wonderful experience with this popular family dog breed.

How do you train a fox red Labrador? ›

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Do Labradors shed? ›

There are quite a few breeds that are more likely to shed than others—and Labrador Retrievers near the top of the list. Because of their unique double coats, labs shed a lot throughout the year, and especially more so when the seasons begin to change.

What color Lab is easiest to train? ›

The most common Lab colors are black, yellow, and chocolate. All colors of Labradors are easy to train, but chocolate Labradors do have a reputation for being more disobedient than their yellow or black cousins. However, there is much debate among breeders and Lab owners about this reputation.

What color Lab lives the longest? ›

Chocolate Labrador Retrievers have a significantly shorter lifespan than their black and yellow counterparts, according to the results of the largest study ever done of the breed in the UK. The median lifespan for chocolate Labradors is just 10.7 years, 1.4 years shorter than black or yellow Labradors.

What color Lab gets the biggest? ›

Labs weigh 55 to 80lbs, and one UK study found that chocolate Labradors weighed, on average, 3lbs more than black and yellow Labradors. But the biggest determiners of a Labrador's size and looks are their sex, and whether they come from show or working lines.

Do Labradors smell? ›

The Labrador Retriever is one of the smellier breeds in the canine world. This is partly because a Labrador's coat is double layer, thick and water-repellant. It can hold on to odors in a way that dogs with single layer coats typically won't. However, not all people find the odor of a smelly Labrador unpleasant.

Do Labradors bark a lot? ›

The answer to the question “do Labrador Retrievers bark a lot?” is an emphatic no. Generally speaking, Labrador Retrievers aren't an especially “barky” breed of dog. Labs were bred to be gentle, easily socialized dogs. With the right training and reinforcement, Labrador Retriever barking is not a big issue.

What is a champagne Labrador Retriever? ›

Champagne is a pale shade of yellow Labrador. This coat color is produced when a yellow Lab inherits a coat dilution gene from both of its parents. It is unknown if this gene has always been dormant in Labradors, or if the dilute coat is the result of mixed breeding many years ago.

What color puppies will a chocolate and yellow lab have? ›

Since chocolate Labs will not carry the black gene, they cannot produce black puppies. Because yellow Labs override black and brown colors, two of them will create only a yellow litter with yellow puppies.

Is a silver lab a real lab? ›

Genetics Committee. t is the opinion of the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc., the AKC parent club for the breed, that a silver Labrador is not a purebred Labrador retriever.

How much does a Labrador cost in UK? ›

In the USA as a rough guide, you are looking at $800 to $1200. In the UK you can pay anything from £650 to £850 for a well bred, health tested Labrador. Health screening is important, here are the tests your Labrador puppy's parents should have had.

What's the most expensive dog? ›

An Argentinian big-game hunter and guardian breed, the Dogo Argentino makes the most expensive dog list because of its hefty purchase price of $1,500 to $2,500. This large breed has an average life expectancy of at least 10 years and standard grooming cost of $35.

Are Labradors good pets? ›

They make excellent companions, as well as assistance dogs due to their sensitive and affectionate nature. Labradors do well with both sole owners or as a part of a family, and get on well with children and other pets. They are energetic, mostly placid, and cope well with the hustle and bustle of modern life.

How long do Labrador dogs live? ›

The median longevity for all labs is about 12 years, while the median age for chocolate labs was 10.7. Overall, Labrador retrievers are still one of the longest-living dog breeds, reported another recent study. (Learn more about breeds in "How to Build a Dog.")

Which is the best colour of Labrador? ›

When it comes to the best labrador colour, the general rule among the shooting fraternity is that black is good, yellow acceptable, but chocolate is strictly for the show bench. Black has always been the dominant colour in the shooting field and in trials.

Do Labradors bark a lot? ›

The answer to the question “do Labrador Retrievers bark a lot?” is an emphatic no. Generally speaking, Labrador Retrievers aren't an especially “barky” breed of dog. Labs were bred to be gentle, easily socialized dogs. With the right training and reinforcement, Labrador Retriever barking is not a big issue.

What's the smartest dog? ›

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What is better a girl or boy Labrador? ›

Personality. Both male and female Labs are loyal, gentle, kind, and intelligent. Of the few differences in the sexes, males are usually more playful and goofier, more attention-seeking, and more social with people and other pets. Some males may have a higher drive to please their owners.

DO Labs bond with one person? ›

Do Labrador Retrievers bond to just one person? A Lab is more than capable of forming a unique, deep, loving bond with every member of the family but will often be slightly more attached to one person in particular. That favorite person is often, though not always, the main caretaker or leader of the “pack.”

What color Lab lives the longest? ›

Chocolate Labrador Retrievers have a significantly shorter lifespan than their black and yellow counterparts, according to the results of the largest study ever done of the breed in the UK. The median lifespan for chocolate Labradors is just 10.7 years, 1.4 years shorter than black or yellow Labradors.

What is the most common cause of death in Labradors? ›

The most common causes of death for Labradors are cancer and musculoskeletal disorders. The musculoskeletal disorders are not fatal by themselves, but they cause intense pain that often makes owners euthanize their Labradors.

Are male or female Labradors more affectionate? ›

The Male Labrador is typically considered more affectionate than the females. However, the difference can be so subtle that owners might not even notice. The males tend to cling to their owners for affection and will likely display their exuberance when rewarded with treats.


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