Sunday, December 16, 2007

Looking to adopt a Labrador Retriever

From: Michael (USA)

Subject: Looking to adopt a Labrador

Reader's E-mail - Michael Writes:

Good morning I’m looking to adopt a lab. The one that I have been offered is a Black with brindle/tan makings. Is this type of lab a pure breed?

Is there something wrong with this type of dog? He is a male 2 yrs old and weighs 70lbs... Will he get bigger?

Thanks so much

Mike

All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hello Michael,

Thank you for writing and visiting the All About Labrador blog.

Here is the Labrador Retriever Standard from the AKC

"The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification. A small white spot on the chest is permissible, but not desirable."

There are only three recognized colors in Labrador Retrievers. No other colors are recognized. Now, you will see other colors of Labrador Retrievers, black and white, black and tan, brindling, gray or silver. These colors are a disqualifying fault.

Black purebred Labrador puppies, must be black from head to toe. Once again the little white spot on the chest is permissible. There should not be any brindle markings, no streaks or different colors.

Sometimes you will get a breeder or puppy store owner that claims that this is a "rare" color for the breed, but this is not true.

Now don't get me wrong, the incorrect coloration does not make the dog a bad one, nor does it mean that it won't be a good pet.

As for the weight, the Labrador Retriever will be in the 65 to 80 pound range. A mixed breed can be larger or smaller.

I hope this is of help to you Michael. Let me know how it goes and if you do get this Lab, please e-mail me a photo. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to write.

Take care of yourself,

Fay

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