Labrador Colors – Three Shades Or More

Labrador Color Chart: Three Shades Or More?

The Labrador Coat is one of the most popular breeds. They are considered to be “the dog for everyone”. However, there are some very unusual colors in the breed. Labradors with three different shades or more of color than normal are extremely rare.

There are two types of these colors. One type is called “Three Shades” and the other type is called “Four Shades”.

There are no purebred Labradors known to have any form of Four Shades. The reason why they are so rare is because all four shades of Labrador must come from a single litter. If only one shade was present, it would not be considered a true Four Shade Labrador.

If you want to learn more about these rare colors, read on…

What Are The Oddest Colors Of Labrador?

Black Labradors: Black Labradors are the most common color in the breed. They are found in every state except Hawaii and Alaska. There is no genetic test that can tell if your puppy comes from a black lab. These dogs do not produce any white hairs (or any hair at all) when they shed their coats.

Yellow Labradors: Yellow Labradors are the second most common color in the breed. Some consider the yellow lab a golden lab, but it is not an accepted color of the American Kennel Club.

These dogs tend to have a much thicker coat than other colors of the breed. These are also the only colors of lab that have a tendency toward sunburn.

Chocolate Labradors: The rarest of the Labrador colors, the chocolate lab is also known as the brown lab. These dogs tend to have a shorter coat than other colors of the breed.

These dogs can also produce a whelp with one or two spots of white fur when they shed their coats. This color is not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Do You Want a Black, Yellow or Chocolate Labrador?

Black Labs: These are the most common of the Labrador Retriever Colors. They are also known as “the Captain.” Black is a dominant color in dogs, meaning that it only takes one black parent to produce a black puppy. There is no genetic test that can prove your dog’s color.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Identification of a premature stop codon in the melanocyte‐stimulating hormone receptor gene (MC1R) in Labrador and Golden retrievers with yellow coat colour by RE Everts, J Rothuizen, BA Van Oost – Animal genetics, 2000 – Wiley Online Library

Lithic source areas in Northern Labrador by RM Gramly – Arctic Anthropology, 1978 – JSTOR

Color Symbolism in Lope de Vega. by WL FICHTER – Romanic Review, 1927 –

On Certain New Phenomena of Colour in Labrador Felspar, with Observations on the Nature and Cause of Its Changeable Tints. By David Brewster by D Brewster – 1829 –

Notes on the sea trouts of Labrador by AC Weed – Copeia, 1934 – JSTOR