Coat Colour Genetics

Labrador Retrievers come in three colours, Black, Brown and Yellow. Depending on genetics a bitch may produce puppies in the same litter with all three colours! The genetics of coat colour is quite straight forward when you have come to terms with some genetics terms and principles.  DOMINANT & RECESSIVE are terms used to describe genes. In the Labrador coat colour there are two sets of gene pairs, and the dominant and recessive interplay of these genes will determine the colour of the dogs coat. Most breeders will DNA type their animals for coat colour and this is advisable if you wish to breed. The following charts will help you determine your colours.

 

How to determine your labs colour.

 

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Dogs with these genetics will look like this:

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Dogs with these genetics will look like this:
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Dogs with these genetics will look like this:

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Dogs with these genetics will look like this:

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The following charts are reprinted with the permission of animal network.com.au who we use for our DNA testing.


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