A man with an Irish Setter approach me yesterday in the dog park to say hello to my puppy. He warned me that Choc labs are the most untrainable of labs...?? I'd never heard that, and was truly not tht thrilled to hear it. Someone today concurred with the statement when I shared how appaled I was that this man said that to me?! Yeesh. Is this a myth? He suggested it is why you don't see many chocolate guide dogs. I thought it was just that they were more unique. So, what IS the scoop? Is this your experience? Geesh - I hope not!
Color has NOTHING to do with trainablity. It is the training you do with him. I walk an extremely smart Choclate labrador. he can shut doors, and turn the lights on and off. Someone said to me when i got my black labrado that i should have gotten a yellow labrador or choclate becasue black labs are more crazy(my black labrador is a rescue and it was sort of a last minute thing). Well my yellow lab is crazier then my black lab and color has nothing to do with it. they are the same breed but different colors. it's like humans. They say blondes are dumb but so are some burnetts ect..
Last edited by deidra; 10-16-2011 at 08:26 PM.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
Incredibly ironic that someone with an Irish Setter would say that given their rep as wild children.
No - color has nothing to do with trainability, but the gene pool for Chocolates was quite narrow at one point so initially when Chocolates became popular 10 or so years ago, lots of unscrupulous breeders pushed out poorly bred puppies. There are many quality dogs coming out of great breeders now - so no - his belief is not accurate anymore.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
the colour gene has nothing to do with the personality or intelligence of the dog. YOu can get all three colours in the same litter!
I believe a lot of the misconceptions about the chocolate labs came from breeders who were just trying to get the brown colour - and not paying any attention to personality, conformation or temperament of the dogs. This lead to more chocolate being "crazy", "hyper", and "less trainable". So the colour was not the reason these dogs were this way - but the careless breeding was.
ETA: Sharon and I posted at the same time it appears!
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Not true at all. Saba has me very well trained! Oh wait.. LOL he's well trained too.
And I saw a lot of chocolate guide dogs...
I donated a very smart chocolate lab puppy girl from my last litter to Guide Dogs of America.
Just remember lay people repeat what they have heard just like a rumor, most of the time it isn't true, or is unfounded. Some of my smartest dogs have been chocolates, I also have a very smart black girl right now. Of course a back yard bred, or one bred with out care to produce a mentally and physically sound puppy, any of the colors can be less than trainable. If we all look for breeders that bred for temperament as well as health, there should be no difference in the three colors. :-)
Have fun with your puppy, spend time with him, train him, and prove these people wrong! :-)
That's funny, I always joke that Sophie is so smart she is training us, not the other way around! She is a joy, and knows so many commands already and she's only 6 mo! No, color has nothing to do with training, or whether a dog is trainable.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
I believe breeding, plus training and owner. Kassa was an amazing dog and people used to say it was her breeding. No I trained her to do the things she did, but being a first time dog owner, how did I know. Then I adopted her untrained litter mate 3.5 Ernie. It took a lot of work, but we made it. He will never be the most obedient, but proved to me 2 dogs from one litter, could be so different coming from different homes. Their temprament is similar.
I adopted untrained 5 year old Tessa a few months ago. I dont mean to brag, but tonight at the vets I took both in and he said he could not beleive the difference. She broke her stay a couple of times, but she is learning. She isn't as quick to learn as Kassa or Erns, but then she is 5 so can't expect too much in such a short time.
In a word: nope.
He's a lab puppy, they're pretty nuts, whatever color they come in, lol.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue