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Please forgive the ignorance of this question, but I know absolutely nothing about dog breeding, and have always been curious about this...

I have on occasion seen Labs that were either white or so light yellow, that they appeared white. Personally I have always thought that they were beautiful dogs and would love to have one. But it's my understanding that this is undesirable for some reason and have even heard stories of breeders putting puppies down for being white.

Why on earth would people not want this? They're simply gorgeous dogs and there's no way you'll convince me that the color of a dog's coat is in any way detrimental to the breed. Certainly not more that inbreeding them to the point where hip problems are a way of life...

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Hi & welcome to the forum.

Here's a good page on shades within yellow put together by one of our own esteemed members: http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/yellows.html For more detail on coat color genetics, see http://www.labbies.com/genetics2.htm

The more experienced folks can comment on the desirability of very light cream coloring, but I have seen pretty light-colored dogs at shows. Certainly no reputable breeder would put a puppy down for something so trivial as coat color.
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