Shades of Yellow

November 26, 2013 – 07:38 am

You might have seen the ads, "Rare white Labrador puppies" or "Rare fox red" or "cinnamon" or "honeybacked" or "Golden Labs". These are not rare, these are just normal varying shades of yellow. These ads are preying on an unsuspecting public. Don't fall for it.

Golden Labs: Actually a Golden Lab is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Labrador Retriever. The proper term is Yellow. Doesn't matter what shade of yellow, its yellow. Again, don't fall for anyone calling them Golden Labs and its recommended you don't use the term either when describing a Labrador.

From the AKC Standard in regards to the yellow coloring: "Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog."

Pale Yellow

This is a very light yellow. Some would call this white, which is incorrect. Its still a yellow, just a very pale color.

Light Cream

This is a light cream yellow. Though the body is light, the ears, the face, the hocks and the tip of the tail have shading.

Medium yellow

This is more of a medium yellow. Not as light as the one above, but not extremely dark.

Dark Yellow

This is a dark yellow. Not a fox red, but definitely darker than the average yellow. Nothing rare about this color either.

This dark yellow pup will probably continue to darken up as it grows. You can see the "skirts" of the pup are lighter than the rest of his and he has shading throughout his body.

Fox Red

This is a fox red Labrador. Though you don't see a lot of them around, they are hardly rare.

If they are fox red, they will be red from birth.

Photo courtesy of Little River Labradors

Photo courtesy of Little River Labradors

Plus they will stay that red color as they mature.

The owner of this gorgeous red dog has written an interesting about fox red Labradors.
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