i have a 6 month old black lab male and 6 year old female black lab and have had other colors over the years and it seems to me that both blacks labs are smarter and not as hyper and or high strung just wondering if anyone else thinks the same or if there is proof of black labs being smarter than other labs
Actually, I rarely see Labs used for K-9 work at all.
And therapy work is not a Labrador-specific job.
Not to mention, chocolate is not an extremely common Labrador colour. It has nothing to do with being smart. It was seen as a fault, and many chocolate puppies were killed. It was only later than it was realized they were just as pure as yellows and blacks that their popularity gained, but to this day they place third against black and yellow. The argument that they aren't used as much holds no water in relation to their intelligence, only their numbers and genes.
I express myself through body modification and loud opinions. Please step aside.
actually the Labrador is one of the most commonly used breed of dog for seeing eye dogs and though they are not breed specific for therapy dogs, boy do they make great therapy dogs. I have actually been honored to supply dogs(labs) for therapy use. It's great. You're right, chocolate is not seen in this use, black and yellow is much more often. Chocolate working dogs do exist though.
to the OP, Intelligence, temperament, structure, has nothing to do with color.
Today, chocolate is not so rare, judges are not so color blind though I would agree black/yellow Labs are still picked in a ring before chocolate though that seems to happen with more all breed judges vs specialty judges. Takes time to wipe out biasness with color, just as it has taken hundreds of years for humans to do that, we still are working on that.
Intelligence is not based on color. Chocolates are not commonly seen, as stated above they were not initially bred for and I do believe its a recessive trait, so more parents would have to carry for chocolate to actually have chocolate pups.
I'd say most of the chocolate lab puppies I see for sale are people just breeding dog A to dog B to have some puppies, and know nothing about genetics.. and just so happen to come by a chocolate pup... as to breed FOR them you'd have to again, know the dogs lineage.
As a professional breeder working with Labs for almost 2 decades (specifically Labrador Retrievers) and with absolute respect, Merico, your post is wrong. Please do not take offense, it's normal not working with this breed to be under those beliefs. If you would like to PM me privately I would be happy to give you the factual information.
Black is dominant, both yellow and chocolate are recessive having nothing to do with the actual coat color, these are DNA genes.
Chocolate labs are not in existence because people are just breeding as you indicated. All 3 colors, black, yellow (all shade variations) and chocolate (all shade variations) are AKC recognized colors and in the show ring all over the world.
again, please feel free to PM me privately any questions and I would be happy to answer them. I just didnt want to take space on the post. :-)
Savannah is correct. Coat color has nothing to do with how intelligent a Lab is(we have Blk and Ylw and I know 3 Chlts). Getting a nice Chlt, especially where I live, is extreamly hard. Yeah, I see ads in the paper for Chlts, but golly, they just don't look right. I have yet to see a Chlt(besides my baby boy, Beaus, mom) that I like around here.
Savannah - your Choccy boy is STUNNING - I can see why your so proud, you have every right to be !!!!
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