I got a Lab puppy two weeks ago. She came from a litter of six all black labs. She was the only one that was black and tan. Her mother was a black lab and her father was a chocolate lab. When I take her for walks no body believes she is a pure Lab because of her markings. However, I have found, on some sites, that there are pure Labs with these markings. They are rare because they are considered "undesierable" by the AKC, and CKC. Therefore, breeders don't breed black and tans.
They're not accepted because they are not seen as a physical representation of what a good breeding stock dog should be. People don't recognize black and tan labs, or long haired labs.. they recognize yellow, black and chocolate labs. In a breed that already is overbred and has a lot of genetic health problems, why breed intentionally for a rare color that will reduce the gene pool of healthy dogs by that much more?
Understand that black and tan is also a recessive gene. It is easily swallowed up by a breed that carries black. The breed club made a decision a long time ago not to allow the colors into the breeding pool.
Black and tan will crop up becuase black and tan is a recessive gene. You could breed the same dogs over 10 more times and never get another black and tan. Its the luck of the draw.
I'm sorry but to me the pup does not look like a pure lab. The face is shaped more like the face of a GSD pup. Just my opinion (based on years of having labs and lab mixes) but I'm used to seeing a broader muzzle on a lab pup.
Not even going by color but jsut shape that looks nothing like a purebred lab.
Its still a cute dog but I'd bet anyhting theres another breed in there somewere even if it is coming out from a long time ago. Papers don't matter cuz one pup can be sired by another dog and slip through etc.
In a genetics class we saw pics of a black yellow one that was actually a chamera(sp). Wonder if thats what the one in that pic has.
***Edited By: joce on 10/6/2006 5:13:53 PM*** Reason: v
Hate to kick a dead horse, and I'm no expert but I also think there is some GSD in there. There are distinct differences in the pictures of the puppies that are clearly pure lab that have pattern's and funny coloring. Your pup has VERY distinct GSD brown points. The armpits and the eyebrow points. Maybe the parent's appeared to be full lab's but I'm guessing a grandparent was a partially or full bred German. As a fellow ower of mixed doggie's your pup is a LOOKER! Precious!
***Edited By: sweetgmichelle on 10/6/2006 5:21:01 PM*** Reason: ***