Hi everyone. I got a puppy a couple weeks ago from a breeder and he was the only puppy with these unusual markings. I have seen black and tan labs online with identical markings but, really cannot find anything on chocolate and tan labs. His mother was full chocolate and his mother was full yellow. Is he purebred? Is he one of the most rare labs since I cannot find any information or pictures on them?
I am not sure he is pure, that would be my guess. Even black and tan labs are a no no, and I wouldn't believe anyone if they told me they were pure. Did you get any type of registration papers with him, or was this just a back yard breeder?
Either way, he is really cute. In hindsight, he would not be correct for breeding or show ring if someone was actually breeding correctly and not just to make some money off there dogs.
According to the AKC link it seems he is purebred just not of a color that is desirable. Which raises the question why? If it is possible to have these colors crop up in a breeding program, and the parents are both purebred, why would the color be deemed undesirable? Are there certain genetic predispositions to bad health, as in white boxers, in certain color combinations in certain breeds? Or did someone just decide that "they" did not like the way they looked, as in the white or liver colored german shepherds, therefore decided they were unacceptable?
I guess as the owner of an undesirably colored individual of a certain breed, I would want to know if there are any genetic predispositions to certain health defects so I could be on the lookout and prepare for them as the dog gets older.
either way, he looks adorable, as far as I can tell in the little picture. Best of luck and happiness with him !
Hey, Scout...I had some of the similar questions that you have regarding my BT's.
We actually ended up with a female who is soild white, with black markings vs. a traditional Boston, who is black, seal or brindle with white markings. My research was extensive but we found out some interesting information.
Those Boston's that we have that are commonly referred to as splash or reverse, are produced out of about every 13 generations. Even with a sire and dam that are perfectly marked in every way, desirable colors and everything, a splash will occur. Of course, we've checked the pedigrees and found this to be surprisingly accurate.
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There are different reasons with different breeds why certain colours are not allowed, and most certainly often its only because someone didnt like it. White German Shepherds were not allowed because when herding sheep its hard to see a white dog, white is not an accepted Shiba Inu colour because when the breed started some 5000 years ago a white dog born into ones house meant a death, so they were killed at birth. Labs, and man others, it has to do with the fact that they didnt know about recessive genes, and it was believe that if a dog was born a different colour than it was not pure, the same was believed of black labs that were born with some white, thus they were culled, making them happen less and less often. There is still controversy over "silver labs" and weather they are truly purebred.
I didn't even ask the breeder for papers. I'm sure she has them, but I'm not too concerned about even getting them from her. Just curious because I can't find much information on them at all. Thanks all for your input and help!
This does rarely happen and is not AKC recognised. I have bred labs for 14 years and have had 3 pups marked like this. One black and two chocolate. If you want to see documentation, buy the official book of the Labrador Retriever that is put out by the Labrador Retriever club of America, they have pictures and info about the genetics behind the color mix. You probably do have a pure bred pet but because of the color he is only a pet and should be spayed of neutered. Hope this helps! Good luck with your "baby"!