They said the same thing about yellow labs when they first started appearing. It's a big pet peeve of mine when people bring in their Labs and Goldens to my work saying they are white or blonde when they're clearly yellow or gold. Fox Red and Silver labs are genetically possible, though I do agree that a buyer must be cautious of any one breeding them. At the rate these "rare" colors are being produced there's no way the majority of them are truly purebreds.The fox red and steel grey are genetic flukes and colors that shouldn't be encouraged.
The fox red and steel grey are genetic flukes and colors that shouldn't be encouraged.
People say that about chocolate labs, too. That to get that color they had to have been crossed with a nonlab.
I think the best way to buy any dog is from a breeder who does health testing and screens their breeders before any breeding takes place. Color doesn't matter if the hips are breaking down.
Yep.Keechak said:fox red is not a non standard color, it is just a shade of yellow. The dogs are still genetically a yellow and the darker shade of yellow is actually the original color, it has been bred lighter over the years since it first showed up from a breeding between two blacks.
http://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/Black--Blacks are all black. A black with brindle markings or a black with tan markings is a disqualification. Yellow--Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog. Chocolate--Chocolates can vary in shade from light to dark chocolate. Chocolate with brindle or tan markings is a disqualification.
That's not the case here, though. As has been mentioned (wabana's link also talks about it) darker dogs were the original shade preferred in the breed. It's not something that simply cropped up later in history. Similarly, it's not a new color or different color...it's still genetically yellow.Any time you have a different color come up in an established breed it has to generally be the result of an outcross to another breed. Sometimes you do get a genetic fluke of evolution but 98% of the time it is a direct result of outcrossing.
I was referring more so to that steel grey labs than the fox red. Seeing as how yellow would just be a dilute of the red then that is a color already in the gene pool.That's not the case here, though. As has been mentioned (wabana's link also talks about it) darker dogs were the original shade preferred in the breed. It's not something that simply cropped up later in history. Similarly, it's not a new color or different color...it's still genetically yellow.
Depends on the genes. With weims they actually come in two colors, blue and silver. The general consensus for most breeds is that silver is a dilute of chocolate and blue is a dilute of black. However some breeds don't differentiate between the two and some breeds have different names for the same colors that you see in other breeds.I've not heard of Labs in a color referred to as "steel gray," but I believe the "silver" Labs are valid...it's just a dilute of chocolate, is it not?