I have worked closely with labs in training to be guide dogs for blind people. Its amazing to see them go from goofy funny dogs, to regal proud escorts for those without site. The guide dog company I have worked with primarily uses yellow and black labs, but they have started with labradoodles, which are some very funny dogs.
Anywho, It really seems to me that there is some attitude difference with the color of the dog. The black labs always seem really hyper when young, while the yellow labs are a bit less hyper, but don't seem to pay attention to things.
There is a black lab that, during training to detect if it is safe to cross the street, abandoned his person to go jump at the car because he recognized the driver.
Then there was a yellow lab, that I got to help raise from a puppy, and he worries me every day I hear he is out helping guide someone. He was always so happy, but so clumsy. I have heard he has been hit by a bus, and attacked by another dog twice. The funny thing, is that after the incidents, he got up, wagged his tail, and kept on going.
I have so many stories about silly labs, I was wondering if anyone else can back up my theory. This being that when they are young, black labs are more hyper, and yellow labs are more clumsy.
Or can anyone tell me about other color labs, like chocolate labs, or maybe crossbreeds like labradoodles (which are still the funniest looking dog ive ever seen, also one of the sweetest)
I can tell you right now, color has absolutely nothing to do with the dog's personality. Nada, zip, zilch, nuttin'!
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Color has no impact on personality or temperment. The specific breeding (parents and ancestors) does. I have yet to hear of a breed where color has any impact on personality
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
No one will be able to back up your theory. Color has nothing to do with temperament or trainability. It's all about the lines they come from.
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I have a black and a yellow. Both males. The yellow is the one without any self control -- hyped up ALL the time. My black is my mellow fellow.
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The color gene is not attached to the gene for personality. A Lab is a Lab is a Lab no matter what the color.
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Can't really add much except to say the coat color has nothing to do with the personality. It just seems common sense to me.
I have both a yellow and a black. I can tell you unequivocally that my 8-month-old black puppy is much calmer and more laid back and less "hyper" than his bouncy 6-year-old yellow brother.
My black boy is full of sass and attitude and my yellow boy is mischievious as all get out but they're both sweet mushes too. I don't attribute any of that to colour, it's just their different personalities.