According to the American
Kennel Club (AKC) Yellow Labradors may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with
variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog. Fox
Red Labradors have been around since the breed originated. You
don't see as many dark yellows or fox red due to that fact that
many breeders starting breeding for the more pale colored yellow
the way loosing the fox red color. There is now
a very limited gene pool of fox reds in the United States or even
all over the world. A very select few breeders are trying
to improve the current fox reds that are in the US. But there
are several breeders breeding solely for color not caring about
improving the quality of the fox reds we have available. In
order to improve on the fox red lines that are in the US or overseas,
we must go out and bring better qualites into the fox red lines
by breeding to black and lighter yellows. This is something
that is going to take years to do. Very few breeders are going
about improving the fox red color and their gene pool properly.
Its also very important that fox
red breeders do all proper clearances like OFA Hips, OFA Elbows,
Optigen PRA, Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC), Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM),
CERF/ACVO Eye Checks, and Heart Checks. All these clearances
are very important for any color of the Labrador. Please research
the breeder and make sure they can provide you with copies of these
clearances. Fox Red Labs have the same health problems as
all the other colors of Labs.
Article on Health Clearances
The price of a fox red puppy shouldn't
cost anymore then a black, chocolate or yellow. Several breeders
charge more because they claim they are rare or cost more to breed.
Well the gene pool might be more limited, but the same amount
of clearances and cost going into producing a fox red litter as
any other color of a lab litter. They charge more simply because
they can and people will pay it thinking they are rare. Please
don't be fooled by these selling points or tactics. The price
should be based on the quality of the litter and health checks preformed.
A responsible breeder's puppies will cost more then puppies in
of Puppies ranging from light to fox red.
Yellow puppy has more
pink pigment at birth.
Fox Red puppy has more
a peach pigment at birth.
When breeding fox red to fox red
many times there is a variation of color from yellow to fox
red. Many times fox red color will lighten up a couple days
after being born and get older as the adult coat comes in.
The breeder must take note the shade of the puppies at
birth including the color of the puppies pigment at birth. Fox red
puppies have more of a peach or brown paper bag color
of pigment. Yellow puppies have more a pink color
of pigment. A normal colored yellow can be bred to a true fox red
and produce fox red puppies. So they are several ways that
breeders can produce fox red puppies and improve the quality of
the fox red gene pool at the same time. It is very common
for fox red to have white spots on the chest. The white is
more noticable on fox red then on the normal yellow color. White
on the chest is acceptable by the AKC standard.
Today we are seeing more Fox Red
Labs competing in the showring. They are a few AKC show champions
and the gene pool is slowly improving. But we still have a
long ways to go to improve and expanded the gene pool. Its
very important when looking for a puppy you are not looking only
at the color of the puppy. Take into consideration the clearances,
reasons the breeder did the breeding, how and where the puppies