I am due to buy a Fox Red Labrador puppy which has a pink and brown nose already. I'm not sure what this means as the rest of the litter all have brown noses.
I have read about the snow nose and my understanding is that the nose changes colour around different seasons and normally occurs in older dogs. This puppy appears to been born like this so what does this mean? We were the last to buy one of the puppies so were given no choice! Should I be concerned? The breeder seems to think that it's normal as her dogs have pink noses at times. Could this be a pigment problem and could this cause problems?
Yellow labs (fox red is a shade of yellow) are born with pink noses. The black pigment, if there genetically, will start to come in at ~3 - 5 days typically. If both parents carry both yellow and choc color genes, there is a chance that you get yellow pups w/ pink or chocolate pigment instead. Think of it as a puppy that was supposed to be a chocolate (they have liver pigment, not black) but at the "coat check" was issued a yellow coat instead of a brown one.
They are not favored by the show ring, to the point of a DQ if pink, but other than that there are no health concerns associated w/ the lighter pigment though if you life in a hot climate, sunburn may be more of an issue.
I'd personally be far more concerned about hip, elbow, eye, heart, EIC, PRA, CNM clearances on the parents and grandparents than this.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
What about a yellow having a black nose? My lab is now 9 months old and his nose is stiil black. I was wondering if it is possible for his nose to turn lighter or even pink? I heard that eating out of a plastic dog dish could make that happen. Is that just an old wives tale or is it true?
So what color is the dish that does it? Neon pink?
And it's the plastic allergy that does it, not the color of the bowl. You were kidding right???????
Yes I was kidding! I was being sarcastic to the ridiculous response from Fan when they say color makes a difference.
I agree with you on not wanting his nose to turn pink. His nose is so black and he also looks like he is wearing black eyliner too lol.