Sunday, October 21, 2007

Labrador Retriever Mating

This question was sent to All About Labradors from Mohan (USA). Mohan has a question or two in regards to mating his female black Labrador Retriever.

Reader's E-mail - Mohan Writes:


I have a question. We have a black bitch labrador . Is mating OK with a fawn (yellow) colored labrador male? Is there any chance of the puppies having spots or patches of two colors?

We think that the puppies can either be full black, or full yellow or full brown and can not have patches or spots of different colors. Is this understanding correct?


All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Mohan,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Thanks for your question and please except my apologies on the delay in answering. I receive many questions (much more than I ever dreamed of) and it takes me some time to answer them all.

You are correct that you can get full black, full yellow, or full chocolate with the color all coming down to the genes carried by the Labrador Retrievers. This is somewhat hard for me to explain and I'm not quite sure I can explain it correctly, so I have listed a website below that can explain this in full to you and has a chart that shows you what you can expect.

As for different color spots and patches:

The American Kennel Club (AKC) gives just 3 colors for Labrador Retrievers:

1. Black Labrador
2. Yellow Labrador
3. Chocolate Labrador

Any other color – or a combination of colors – disqualifies a dog for registration as a Labrador Retriever.

A small white spot on the chest of a black Labrador Retriever is permissible.

For further information on coat colors and disqualifications in Labrador Retriever colors visit:

Hope this helps you out Mohan. If I can be of any other assistance to you, please don't hesitate to write.

Take care of yourself,


Reader's E-mail - Mohan Writes:

Hi Fay,

Thank you very much....!
I appreciate your help...!


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Nailian Yamel October 10, 2011 4:17 PM  

hi ! I have a black lab and my friend bring me a chocolate bitch. My dog keeps trying but we have never see them lock on !! help me please

Diabetic Alert dog August 27, 2012 7:09 AM  

Breeding affects the development of the female dog (bitch) and breeding a Labrador retriever during its first heat cycle is not advisable.

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