Red Australian Labradoodle (RALM)
The red labradoodle is one of the most popular breeds in Australia. They are known as ‘red dogs’ because they have a reddish brown coat with white markings. RALMs are very friendly and affectionate animals which make them ideal companions for children and adults alike. They tend to be intelligent, loyal, playful and obedient. These characteristics make them perfect family pets or even good guard dogs.
They are usually sold from pet stores and breeders. They are not often seen outside of their native Australia where they have been bred since birth. Some of these red labs were imported into the United States before being banned due to health concerns. There is no reason why you cannot own a red labradoodle in your home!
Why Choose A Red Labrador?
You may think that all red labradoodles look the same, but there are some differences between them. You will notice that red labradoodles do not have a long tail like other labradors. Their coats vary greatly and each one looks different depending on its parentage.
There are two main types of red labs: purebred and crossbreedings. The crossbreedings are known as ‘rare’ red labs which have a red coat and are mixed with another breed. The purebreds only have red coats and are not mixed with any other breed.
All red labs are bred from black, yellow or chocolate labradors. This means that every single red lab has some form of those colours in their heritage. The most common breed in their parentage is the black Labrador, followed by the yellow.
How Was The Red Colour Genetically Passed On?
If you look at a black labrador, you will notice that it has some brown hairs mixed through its fur. These brown hairs are actually the dog’s red colouring. In every black lab there is some of this red colour hidden away. It just does not always ‘come out’ in the fur. The same applies to yellow and chocolate labs.
When two yellow or chocolate labs have a litter of pups, some of these pups will have traces of red in their fur. However, this red is not always sufficient enough to be shown through the coat. The pups which do inherit some red will usually have a patchwork colouring; some of their fur is black, some is brown and some is yellow. These colours are also found on other parts of their body such as the nose or eye rims.
Now, when two red labs have a litter of pups, you will notice that ALL of their pups have some traces of red in their coats. Some of the pups may have a very small amount while others may have a lot. It all depends on the parents’ genes and how they combine when the pups are being conceived. This is also why every single red lab is different.
As I have already mentioned, there are two types of red labs. The first type is the rare red labradoodle and the second is the traditional red labradoodle. Both have the same genes and appearance-wise they are identical. The only difference is in their parentage. The traditional red labradoodle has two red parents (e.g.
a sable coat) while the rare has at least one parent which is a different breed.
Sources & references used in this article:
It’s a Dog’s Life… but It’s Your Carpet: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Four-Legged Friend by J Lee – 2008 – books.google.com
Planet Dog: A Doglopedia by R Brous – 2013 – Corsair
Six Ways to Keep the” Little” in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens by F Mayes – 2011 – Broadway Books