Labrador retriever pictures are a great way to choose your pet. Since Labradors come in several different coat colors it may not be easy to decide on which one you want. Luckily the World Wide Web features pictures of Labradors in all the standard colors to help make choosing your dog a little easier. So, what color Labradors are you likely to find on the Web?
The main coat colors of the Labrador are black, chocolate and yellow but you may also find Labrador pictures of so called ‘silver’ and ‘white’ Labradors. Black Labradors are solid black in color. Some Labrador retriever pictures may show dogs with small white chest spots and white hairs between the toes and footpads. These markings are accepted according to the breed standard and these dogs are still classed as ‘black’. Older dogs may show a red or orange cast to their coats from sun exposure – again, they are still ‘black’.
Other Labrador retriever pictures on the web show examples of chocolate or ‘liver’ Labradors. These dogs have coats that range from light to darker chocolate colors. Again a smallish white chest spot is acceptable according to the breed standard. The eye color can be anything from yellow to brown. In general the darker the color of the coat and eyes the better. The coat color is easily bleached by the sun but using mink-oil and sunscreen to protect the coat or keeping chocolate labs out of the sun can help.
There are plenty of yellow Labrador retriever pictures to choose from on the web. All the coat shadings are represented – from light cream to fox-red! You will also notice that the color deepens on the ears, top line and tail. Yellow labs will show black noses, lips and eye rims. This is the accepted breed standard. During winter the nose may become lighter but it should return to normal during the summer months, so if you see pictures of dogs with brown or pink noses don’t think they are mismarked.
You may find Labrador retriever pictures showing examples of mixed chocolate and Yellow Labradors. This mixing is generally not recommended as it gives rise to a yellow coloring that contains no pigment. Puppies are initially born with no pigment but after a few days they start to turn blackish. If within seven to ten days there is no pigmentation the puppy stays yellow.
What about silver and white labradors? So called ‘silver’ Labradors are not recognized by the American Kennel Club as authentic Labradors. These dogs are a cross between Labrador and Weimaraner breeds. Don’t be fooled into buying expensive puppies from seeing Labrador retriever pictures of these cross-breeds advertising them as the real thing.
The same goes for white Labrador retriever pictures. There is no such thing as a ‘white Labrador’! Light colored Labradors are still ‘yellow’ labs. There is no gene in the Labrador that give rise to white pigmentation.
Using online Labrador Retriever pictures to choose the color you want is a great way to find the perfect dog to suit your tastes but stay away from dubious breeders or wrongly marked dogs.