What Determines the Color of Labrador Puppies?

my yellow lab is having puppies and we want to know what are the chances of having random colores are. the dad is black.

It depends on what color the parents are and what color the parents parents might have been. Genes can skip a generation. More than likely, you will have a litter of yellow, black and brown.

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8 Responses to “What Determines the Color of Labrador Puppies?”

  1. The Blonde Border Collie says:

    Well since you’re such a responsible breeder, I would assume you know the genotype of both dogs being bred?

    *sighs*

    Yellow:
    eeBB =Yellow (Yy) [does not carry chocolate]
    eeBb =Yellow that carries Chocolate (Yc)
    eebb =chocolate pigmented yellow ~ No Black Pigment (NBP)

    Black:
    EEBB =Basic Black (BB)
    EEBb =Black that carries Choc. (Bc)
    EeBB =Black that carries Yellow(By)
    EeBb =Black that carries Yellow and chocolate (Byc)

    So you really could end up with any colour depending on the genotype of both of the parents.

    Example:

    eeBb x EeBb
    Could produce all 3 colours.
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  2. ????• says:

    Genetics.
    Depends on what color genes the parents carry.
    A higher chance of yellow and black but i may warn you there might be a chocolate/liver one in there…
    You sound quit inexperienced.
    I really hope someone with background knowledge is helping you guys out.
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  3. Hope says:

    The color of Lab puppies will be determined by the dominant or recessive genes inherited from the parent Lab.
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  4. Rayven~Summer Troll Patrol says:

    If you don’t know the genotype for BOTH parents and what byb does then you won’t know and will just have to wait and see. IF you want to know I am sure you can easily afford the genotyping tests to determine what colors each parent carries for and thus can know what to expect.

    OR you can contact the reputable breeder you bought both dogs from since hey you didn’t just buy from any yahoo who happened to have a litter or pups or worse go to some petshop and buy them right?
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  5. Ocimom says:

    Depends on what colors the dogs are carrying in their backgrounds - you can get all 3 colors - yellow, black or chocolate.

    IMO if you don’t even know genetics, then why are you breeding? Are the dogs at least 2 yrs old and been tested for genetic problems? Do they have champion titles (show or field)?

    If not - please spay her after these puppies are gone and don’t breed again.
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  6. Yahoo Supports Puppy Mills says:

    why oh why do people breed when they cannot do research on genetics first?

    depends on what color the parents carry

    black is dominant over chocolate

    yellow is a separate gene all together, both genes must be present in order for this color to present itself. It masks over both brown and black.

    so, depends on if your girl carries for black, brown or both..

    she could be:

    eeBB (yellow carrying black only)
    eeBb (yellow carrying black and chocolate)
    eebb (yellow carrying only chocolate)

    Now depends on if the black carries for yellow or chocolate

    EeBB (carries yellow)
    EeBb (carries yellow and chocolate)
    eeBB (black only.. in this case you will only get black puppies)
    eeBb (carries chocolate)

    http://www.blueknightlabs.com/color/coatcolor.html

    the only way you’d get chocolate pups is if they BOTH carry the chocolate gene.
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  7. JenVT says:

    All lab litters have the possibility of all three colors. Look at the grand parents and their littermates. That will give you a good idea of what you might get for colors.
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  8. Paul. says:

    It depends on what color the parents are and what color the parents parents might have been. Genes can skip a generation. More than likely, you will have a litter of yellow, black and brown.
    References :
    http://www.greatdogsite.com/breeds/details/Labrador_Retriever/

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