Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Chocolate Labrador - Mixed Breed or Purebred

Subject: Chocolate Labrador - Mixed Breed or Purebred

From: Kayla

Labrador Retrievers name:

Reader's E-mail - Kayla Writes:


My boyfriend and i got a female chocolate lab from a kennel not that long ago. She had been previously abused and it is obvious in her behavior. I have heard many different things about her being pure bred or mix. My boyfriend thinks she is lab/pit mix, but the dog trainer thinks she could be English lab.

I was just wondering, she looks full blood to me from the thick tail to the webbed feet. We had two other labs (black and yellow) and she looks exactly the same but brown. The only thing i am confused about is he mouth and eyelids are very pink. Her nose is brown but the inside of her mouth is a very pink shade and I was just wondering if it was normal for a chocolate lab or if it is an indicator that she is mixed.

Thank you very much,

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Kayla,

Thank you for writing. My apologies on the delay as I receive many questions to the All About Labradors blog and it takes my some time to answer them all.

Congratulations on taking in your new Labrador Retriever!

Telling the difference between a purebred and a mixed breed can sometimes be tough. Being that you have no history on the dog (origin or pedigree) it will be hard to know for sure if she is a purebred. Believe me when I tell you that you can look at some Labrador Retrievers that appear to be purebred Labs and they're not.

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Being that you received your Labrador Retriever from a kennel, if you take a trip over to the AKC website you can look up the overall standards for the Labrador Retriever seeing if she meets the requirements, then chances are higher that she is a purebred Labrador. What you have to remember with this is that these standards are for the show ring.

Here is a website that provides the breakdown of the Labrador Retriever standards from the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), Kennel Club U.K. (KC), and the Federation Internationale Cynologique (FCI).

I would recommend having your new Labrador Retriever spayed, as it will keep her healthier, and being that you don't know of her pedigree or origin, it wouldn't be a good idea to breed her.

I hope this is of help to you Kayla. If you ever need any help in regards to your new Labrador, please don't hesitate to write.

Take care of yourself and your Labrador Retriever,


P.S. What is your new Labrador Retrievers name?

If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever, that you could email me, I would love to post them to the Labrador Retriever Pictures blog.

Reader's E-mail - Kayla's Response:

I have looked at the website and she matches the description on everything but her mouth and the AKC doesn't say anything about the inside of her mouth, that was the only thing. Her name is Godiva, I don't have pictures of her but i have pictures of my black lab Gadget when she was a puppy.

Thanks for everything,

All About Labradors Blog Response:

Hi Kayla,

After looking over my reply e-mail to you, I left out the one important point (I'm sorry) that will make you happy. My purebred chocolate Labrador Retrievers inside of her mouth is all pink.

Glad I was of help to you.

Reader's E-mail - Kayla's Response:

Thanks again, that does help and make me feel better. I was just praying she wasn't a pit bull like my fiance thought because of the mouth.


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Anonymous,  April 15, 2010 9:55 PM  

i got my lab from a friend. he says that the pup is a mix of a beige lab and a black lab. she has white hair on her chest and paws. is that possible for a lab or is my lab a mix of some other dog?

Anonymous,  June 09, 2010 3:02 PM  

I've always learned that if a lab has any white on it at all, especially on the chest or feet, then it is definitely not purebred.

Fay June 09, 2010 10:28 PM  

Black Labrador Retrievers are all black, with a small white spot on chest permissible. A black with brindle markings or a black with tan markings is a disqualification. CKC and AKC...

oo August 01, 2011 7:01 AM  

hi can i ask something my father and i bought a yellow lab but some of my friend teases me that my lab is not purebred because his legs are thin is it true that it is not purebred.

Keri,  January 16, 2012 11:04 AM  

I Just got a lab (or what we think is a lab), he is all black with a little white spot on his chest, my husband thinks he is mixed with something else of course not sure what. Who we got it from said it was full blooded again not sure, just wondering what are some good signs of my dog being full blooded or not?

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