How do they get the charcoal color?
I know how silvers come about, and I know that "white" and "champagne" are just light yellows...but what do these "breeders" do to get the charcoal color? Is it just a black variation?
I recently saw pics of a charcoal lab and the color was a very strong charcoal.
I'm guessing Weimerainer x Black Lab.
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
yeah I agree with the above, it ties in with the weim mix that brought in the dilute, silver is dilute of chocolate, charcoal is the dilute of black.
from this thread over on the other lab board you find the following:
Information on silver Labradors
"We know also now that the dilution genes can work on black and yes yellow as well. "Charcoal" Labradors are a darker slate gray and are simply blue dogs just like any other blue dog like a blue Chow Chow. A yellow diluted is a fawn/yellow color with a sheen to the coat - silver breeders call them "Platinum"."
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Champagne is not a yellow like white is. White is a PALE PALE PALE yellow lab. Champagne is a Dudley yellow carrying the dilute/silver gene. So you have the yellow coat but you have the chocolate pigment in eye rims, nose, pads diluted to that horrible washed out silvery looking color.
♣ Laura ♣
Here is a genetics in labs article: B/b, E/e, and Beyond
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye