Wednesday, February 03, 2010

What is the percentage of chocolate Labrador Retrievers that have yellow eyes?

Subject: What is the percentage of chocolate Labrador Retrievers that have yellow eyes?

From: Nancy (USA)

Reader's E-mail - Nancy Writes:

I have a question. What is the percentage of chocolate labs that have yellow eyes? I don't think I have ever seen a chocolate Lab with brown eyes. Thank you for your help.


All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Nancy,

Thank you for your question. According to the Labrador Retriever Breed Standard from the American Kennel Club,

" Eye color should be brown in black and yellow Labradors, and brown or hazel in chocolates."

Now, you will see different colored eyes in chocolate Labrador Retrievers but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them, it's just not the correct hazel or brown as per the Labrador Retriever breed standard.

From Astrochoc - Chocolate Labrador Retrievers - Australia:

"Breeding Chocolate to Chocolate where one both parents have a recessive gene for yellow, will produce lighter eyes in the Chocolates, variation in the coat colour, and yellow dogs with "pigmentation faults", yellow coat colour but "chocolate or liver colored eye rim, lower lip, and nose pigment".

Nancy, a new chocolate Labrador Retriever may also start out with blue / green eyes as a puppy and they will change to a yellow / brown / amber color and then a medium brown color, somewhere between 4 - 12 months of age.

Hope this is of help to you. Are you planning on getting a Labrador Retriever? If you need any other help, please let me know.

Take care of yourself,


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