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    was told yesterday that the chocolate ones take longer to settle down and behave.
    not sure I believe that, but Rocky can be a problem with other dogs, cats, chickens, etc.
    what say you?
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    Color has nothing to do with it. Pedigree, and then training, does.

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    We have a chocolate that is about 20 months old now. He is very, very, VERY laid back.

    I think it also has a lot to do with getting enough exercise. We are retired and Murphy gets at least five play periods a day, chasing tennis balls or pine cones. He also gets a walk most mornings in all sorts of different places.

    Murphy is more the English style lab, stocky and weighs in at about 95 lbs with no fat on him to speak of. If you have more the hunting variety it is going to be more energetic.

    I have no idea where someone gets the silly idea that a certain color is going to affect their energy level. Murphy came from a litter that had black and chocolates, about half and half. One of his sisters is a very high energy dog and keeps her owners on their toes.

    The more I read about dogs, the more convinced I become that many of the ideas presented are nothing more than anecdotal observations with no real basis in fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jertom View Post
    was told yesterday that the chocolate ones take longer to settle down and behave.
    not sure I believe that, but Rocky can be a problem with other dogs, cats, chickens, etc.
    what say you?
    Getting a dog to not be a problem around other dogs, cats, etc takes socialisation. It should be done when they are young, the older a dog gets, well we know, old habits die hard.

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    Agree w/ Nicole. It's all about the lines behind the dog. I have chocs who were very precocious and some who are goofballs until 4. Different paternal lines in my case.

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    o.k. folks.
    I already said I didn't believe it,
    many times folks try to make you feel better when your dog is misbehaving, I get the "oh, he's still a pup" all the time, and now this new one.
    TReischi: did you even look at the Rocky's picture? doubt many would mistake him for an american.
    well, thanks you all.
    I'll get back to explaining this to him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jertom View Post
    o.k. folks.
    TReischi: did you even look at the Rocky's picture? doubt many would mistake him for an american.
    well, thanks you all.
    Honestly I did not pay much attention to the picture.

    As to people mistaking them as english or american? I have had people insist ours is an american. And others swear he is an english.

    I asked Murphy, he made it clear he could care less. . . .much more important is WHERE IS MY SOCK MONKEY!!!!!

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    It definitely has nothing to do with colour - that i know for a fact. Energy levels and what you do to stimulate them both mentally and physically matters.

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    And the whole English v American thing..... what country was the pup born in? You have your answer right there. Get SO sick of all the labels people dream up for their dogs.... They are Labradors. Is that so bad?

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    wow! this coming from one that has such strong feelings on color and genes?
    go figure...

    Quote Originally Posted by windycanyon View Post
    And the whole English v American thing..... what country was the pup born in? You have your answer right there. Get SO sick of all the labels people dream up for their dogs.... They are Labradors. Is that so bad?

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