We recently acquired Fang about 3 weeks ago from a friend of mine, who bought him from a breeder but then found out her cats and other dog were absolutely hostile to him so she gave him to me. I am not sure exactly what type of lab he is. I have a feeling that he was from a backyard breeder after the stories I've heard, and the owner tried to pass him off as a yellow lab. I was told that there was only one yellow lab on the premises, and the rest were chocolates and blacks. I think he was bred with the yellow lab and a chocolate. But I was reading about lab color genealogy, and found that he has all the characteristics of a Dudley lab, which isn't recognized by the AKC even though he's a pure bred. I've also seen dogs that look JUST LIKE him and they have been called "Milk Chocolate Labs". What do you think? the other dog in the one photo is my Cock-a-bea, Phoenix.
Last edited by lavenderinscence; 01-25-2013 at 12:07 PM.
even with the pink nose and light eyes and pink eye rims? his lips are pink too. every yellow lab ive seen has black nose, dark eyes, etc ...
plus there was only one yellow lab where this dog came from. to be a yellow, wouldn't he have to have two yellow parents?
The term “Dudley Nose” can refer to a yellow Labrador with chocolate pigmentation. A Lab with absolutely no pigmentation on the nose or eye rims, where all areas are pink in color, is very rare and most likely a genetic quirk.
To tell the difference between a simply faded nose and a “Dudley” check the eye rims and gum tissue color. A Dudley will have only light pink or tan skin while the other dogs will have black pigment in these areas. In some dogs this permanent lack of pigment in nose and eye rims is a disqualification for the show ring, while winter nose is not. The pink nose has also been nicknamed a "Liver Nose" in some breeds, and is acceptable in some liver-colored breeds but not in others. "Liver Nose” has been linked to a chromosome, which gives credence to the possible genetic origin of winter or snow nose. While winter or snow nose is not harmful in any way, sun-block should be applied when dogs are outside for a long time to avoid sunburn to the sensitive pink skin.
thanks! I did check, and posted a few more pics. he has no color on his lips or gums either. it's hard to see in the pic, but his nose color is very light. there is no dark skin color anywhere on him. I can't wait to see what the vet says when i take him for his neuter this month. i just couldn't help but speculate.
Yep - yellow ! No such description as milk chocolate but of course you can call him what you like !
Either way he's gorgeous
He's a chocolate pigmented yellow (aka Dudley). Very cute!
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
lab colors are very straightforward. yellow, chocolate, black. that's it. always based on the colour of the fur. but all are one breed, the labrador retriever. the colour is just the colour - it doesn't change the "type" of lab you have, it just means his fur is a particular colour.
"dudley" is a type of yellow, but remains a yellow. you can search dudley on the board (use search function) and you'll see lots of explanation for what a dudley is but at it's core, a dudley is a yellow lab.
labs can have litters with all three colours in it. depends on what the parent carries (colour wise) in their genes, not so much the color of the parent's coat (more or less)
Last edited by Tanya; 01-25-2013 at 05:35 PM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Yep...he's a handsome Dudley! His chocolate pigments show in his nose...
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
thanks to all! I know he's beautiful, and he's the best puppy you could ask for! much love is headed his way! and thanks for the info on yellow dudleys, it was all very interesting!!