Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Why does everyone want yellow labs?

It's a mystery to me why so many people are looking for yellow labrador puppies. Is it the Marley syndrome or the cute puppies used in commercials on TV? Is it because the faces are easier to see? For some reason, there is this much sought after yellow female which makes up about 80% of the calls that we receive. Obtaining a good Labrador should be based on its breeding, health clearances of the parents, and temperament, rather than color. To breed for color is a mistake that a lot of people make as the blacks have always been superior in overall type and conformation to the yellows. However, I'm speaking from the point of view of a show breeder and not John Q public.

There is also the idea that females make better companions than males. If I had just one dog, I would choose it to be a male because of their sweetness and desire to please. Bitches can truly be, well...bitches. They are a bit more independent and much more oriented towards food. Males are goofy and lovable while the girls are a bit more serious.

The girl babies from the Barrett x Clara litter are going to their homes this weekend. Because most calls are for females, we will have the six black boys with us until several are placed. I would like to run on a couple of these boys as they are very nice. However, it will be a challenge to work with six of them. Good thing that I like the boys!


Anonymous said...

Personally I think its more how you train the dog/bitch in the first formative months. Having had both male and female labradors I can't say I prefer one over the other. I have had bull-headed males that were more destructive than many of my females.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree about the boys. Most people seem to think that males are hard to handle and can be agressive.

YES, this can be true.

However, most of this "boy-behavior" is due to an unnuetered male whose owner has some pack order issues.

Just like anything else most people are making these judgements based on heresay and not actual research or knowledge of the breed.

I have a 9 1/2 yr old female lab, a 5 yr old male lab, and a 3 yr old male lab. ( Two chocs and one black) My female has racked up quit a tab as far as destruction is concerned.... and she is the one who can truely be a bitch when meeting a new dog.

As far as yellow is concerned, speaking as someone who owns two chocolates and one black, the yellow fur stands out on stuff WAY too much... black and brown just blends in.... SO, I say go black all the way.. LETs here ir for the Black MALE puppies!!!!

Leon said...

I like both colours. I think colour is one of the last things to consider. The health and breeding of the parents is most important. I grew up with an assortment of purebred and mongrel dogs and the best dogs weren't always the 'designer dogs'.