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!
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