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    DefaultWhy "chocolate" and not "brown"

    This is a very pointless question but...why do they use the term chocolate rather than brown in the standard?
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    I dunno Tanya. When I was whelping a rescue, the first puppy that popped out was brown, and of course I deemed it 'Chocolate' my friend who was there is a Westie breeder, and she laughed and said something along the lines of 'its just brown'. We had no idea what breeds were in there, but it remained 'the chocolate' puppy though it ended up with long hair
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
    This is a very pointless question but...why do they use the term chocolate rather than brown in the standard?
    Tanya, that is a good question. I've also wondered why are our much-loved brown babies (aka "Chocolates") the only ones named after food.

    We know many of our labby babies are highly food motivated, so why not call yellows as "vanilla" and blacks "licorce"???

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    interesting question, and one that I never thought of. I wonder if it has to do with the rich brown/chocolate coloring in their coats?

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    That's a good question. The other day I was reading the local classifieds in the paper and there was an ad for lab puppies from a very obvious BYB: $200 a pup, not registered, and they said they had 4 black, 1 chocolate and 3 vanilla pure bread labrador pups.

    Vanilla? LMAO
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    4 black, 1 chocolate and 3 vanilla pure bread labrador pups
    I like the Pure Bread part....

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    V anilla bread sounds good.....

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    LOL, nobody ever uses "brown". Peanut is classifies as a "red", and while her coat does have a reddish tinge, she's basically brown.

    Poodles can come in "chocolate" as well, brown pointers are called "liver", etc.

    I think because "brown" can have so many different shades they use words like "chocolate", "red", and "liver" to try and more accurately describe the shade.
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    brown dog here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    brown dog here.
    Big brown dog.
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