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    I am new into the lab world with Shadow a black lab. I have 5 siberian huskies and I can tell you anything about them that is considered standard and faults. Can you please educate me on what is standard and what is fault in labs? Also what color noses should labs have?
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    Also what color noses should labs have?

    Whatever colour god gives them.

    The breeders and field trial people will be able to answer your questions. I could be wrong but I think dark noses are better for black and yellow labs for showing.

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    From the Labrador Standard (http://www.thelabradorclub.com/stand...lstandard.html):

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    The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification. A small white spot on the chest is permissible, but not desirable. White hairs from aging or scarring are not to be misinterpreted as brindling. Black - Blacks are all black. A black with brindle markings or a black with tan markings is a disqualification. Yellow - Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog. Chocolate - Chocolates can vary in shade from light to dark chocolate. Chocolate with brindle or tan markings is a disqualification.

    Nose - The nose should be wide and the nostrils well-developed. The nose should be black on black or yellow dogs, and brown on chocolates. Nose color fading to a lighter shade is not a fault. A thoroughly pink nose or one lacking in any pigment is a disqualification.

    Eyes - Kind, friendly eyes imparting good temperament, intelligence and alertness are a hallmark of the breed. They should be of medium size, set well apart, and neither protruding nor deep set. Eye color should be brown in black and yellow Labradors, and brown or hazel in chocolates. Black, or yellow eyes give a harsh expression and are undesirable. Small eyes, set close together or round prominent eyes are not typical of the breed. Eye rims are black in black and yellow Labradors; and brown in chocolates. Eye rims without pigmentation is a disqualification.
    The "nose color fading" in yellows is also called "snow nose" or "winter nose," where a dog with otherwise black pigment has a nose that fades to brown. Usually this happens as a dog gets older.

    This is not the same thing as a "Dudley" which often refers to both non-pigmented yellow and a liver-pigmented yellow (one with chocolate lab pigment and a yellow coat), depending on who you talk to.

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    ahhh. snow nose.. know all about that lol... my huskies are notorius for that during winter time.. not a fault in huskies.

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    DefaultRe: color of labs

    Snow nose is not a fault in Labs either.




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    for information on "standard", see:

    http://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/index.cfm


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    Quote Originally Posted by VHLabs
    ahhh. snow nose.. know all about that lol... my huskies are notorius for that during winter time.. not a fault in huskies.
    As Labby (she's the resident expert ) already said, it is not a fault in labs, either...

    Nose color fading to a lighter shade is not a fault. A thoroughly pink nose or one lacking in any pigment is a disqualification.
    I think there are actually quite a few different breeds (many northern breeds, especially) that end up with "snow nose."

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    Black, Chocolate and Yellow .. with a black nose for the black and the Yellow one's the Chocolate's often have a brown nose. But actually you always see that all kind of Labradors have a brown / black nose, or some thing in the middle of that, but that all depends on the type of food you give them (that's told me), because when i got Laika, she's got a black nose, and after a few weeks/months it turned in to a brown colored one

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    hi i just wondered something, poppy is black but in the sunshine and some views looks dark dark brown, her little mate where brown and she looked really black next to them, does that mean she can't be a show dog? I'm not going to show her but i would like to know.
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    Hey Ronnie,

    I noticed your other post about the dudley labs. Snow nose does not mean this. A dudley occurs when a yellow and chocolate are bred. The pigment around the lips, nose and eyes should be dark, but in a dudley they are very light. there is a pic of a dudley on this site:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:S..._Shelley_4.jpg

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