My wife and I bought our first lab from a breeder a few weeks ago. We met both parents, both pure bread with normal short coats. Our guy Clyde is furry with wavy hair on ears and breeders says he may have a recessive long hair gene. I'm fine with it and may do one of those genetic tests with mouth swab to know for sure. I've seen a few pics on internet and how he may mature but haven't found many. Any input on the subject?
Welcome and cute pup. I have no idea about the long hair. If you got him from a responsible breeder(did health testing on all the dogs and competed in some kind of venue like huniting/showing ect..) I would trust her. maybe it is because I have never seen a supposedly, pure-bred lab with long hair before, but the ears remind me of a spaniel.
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What a cute baby, welcome! I have never seen wavy hair on the ears like that, i have seen "waviness" down the back, but not longer in length. What did the rest of the litter look like?
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Typically a good breeder doesn't have both parents on-site unless they are a bigger breeder that shows both males and females in conformation. Also, most breeders that suspect that they have the long coat gene in their lines would have tested the parents. I have actually not seen a chocolate line with the long coat gene expressed. Breeder didn't also have chessies on site, did they?
They breed only labs, no other breed of dogs on site.
This was the only pup in litter with the wavy hair, should be interesting.
He is cute and your name is a good one.
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I love your name too! Cute! I have never seen a fuzzy chocolate before either. The puppy is a cutie tho! I am curious, it is hard to tell from the picture, but what color where his eyes? Normally a chocolate is born with blue eyes, and they go to a beautiful green by 8 weeks and gradually go to a golden color. Most chocolates have a sleeker coat than their black or yellow counterparts. The coats on the blacks and yellows usually looks thicker. As far as a recessive gene goes, what recessive gene would they be talking about? As far as I know, there isn't a curly lab unless its a labradoodle, but I could be wrong.
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Love the username too !
That puppy is absolutely ADORABLE !