I raise labs, and have just seen my first long haired lab. She is black and I saw her papers. I could not believe she was registerd, so the owner showed me her papers. She was the only one in the litter with long hair. Not only did she have long hair, but she had a white spot on her chest (not a good). I had never heard of this so I looked it up and it brought me to this sight. Thank God she is spayed!
This has been up for quite sometime, so whether or not you'll read this or even care, but...
I recently purchased a female, black Labrador from a local breeder. She has long-hair and basically looks like a black Golden Retriever.
She is very smart and lovable, which is definitely the Labrador breed's personality. But because of her long coat, no one believe me when I say she's a purebred Labrador.
She has a perfect stance, and both her mother and father were show dogs, but because of her coat the breeder got her spayed, so sadly I won't be able to show her or continue with the recessive long-haired gene.
If you want more information or a pictue of her, let me know.
Dana Ro, I saw the picture and pedigree and Moose was most definitely a long-haired labrador, a chocolate one at that. It's just a recessive gene that's carried by the breed, just as it is in German Shepherd dogs, Akitas, even Rottweilers.
I'm not sure why you'd even mention showing a long-coated lab, as while it is not a disqualifying fault, the labrador retriever breed standard specifically says the coat should be short, straight and dense.
Regarding the recessive gene appearing in the coat, as the labrador retriever was originally bred from the Newfoundland and an unidentified small water dog, and then intermingled the bloodlines of other retrievers, including flat coated retrievers, there are quite a few 'long-coated' breeds in the labrador retriever's history. Thus it's not so strange for there to be remnants of that history in the form of a long coat recessive gene.
I have a 4 month long haired Chocolate Lab with parpers the rest of the liter all had short hair except for the chocolate. But all her hair is not long her legs and Ears are short like a normal Labs. Im hoping that this is just puppy fur but Im being told that thats probally not the case. But she is adorable anyways and wouldnt stange a thing about her.
I have posted this before but felt like I had to again. Just because a dog is registered and has a pedigree doesn't really mean that everything is true. I worked at a kennel once for a short while. Thank god she was put out of business but only after about 8 years. She would buy puppies from someone and register them to dogs she either had or dogs that had died. Mostly labs and chihuahuas.She had a pair of boston terriers that never bred so she bought puppies from S.C. and registered to them. She shipped all over the U.S so there is no way to tell how many dogs don't have the right pedigree. I quit as soon as I found out what she was doing and was a great help turning her in to the AKC and CKC she can know longer reg with either group, but someone told me that she now is using another registry. Just for information the CKC was continental kennel club. They came and did DNA and none came out right. Thank God tfor that but she is still selling poodles under some registry and I heard she is still doing the same thing. She registers to her male that is neutered and some of her females but gets the puppies from someone else. So see there may be even some of you that have dogs with the wrong pedigree, when you find out about someone like that you never know.
Yes I'm not saying that there are alot like that breeder but when I first met her I would never believed it about her either. It was when I started doing paper work that I found out and would not work for her anymore. I can't imagine how many dogs are all over the US that do not have the right papers or pedigree. There would be no way to find them all as she had about 150 dogs, and around 10 breeds.