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Old 15-05-2017, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum. I'm looking to bring a dog into our lives in the next few years and I like to do as much research as poss before.

I'd heard rumours that coat colour can dictate personality. Is this a complete fabrication?

Is show or working type better suited to family life? I'd heard that working type are constantly "switched on" and less likely to chill after a long walk.

Sorry for the silly questions but I thought this would be the best place to ask.

Donna.
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Old 16-05-2017, 09:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd heard rumours that coat colour can dictate personality. Is this a complete fabrication?
Untrue, coat colour is carried in totally different genes, so no, it's impossible. BUT in the days when I started in Labradors there were almost no chocolate Labradors. Sadly some people decided that as they were rare then they could charge more for them. This led to a certain type of breeder with signs for eyes mating chocolate to chocolate in order to produce these "Rare" dogs. But because the gene pool of dogs of that colour was so small they were quite inbred, to the extent that almost every chocolate you see now, if you followed it's pedigree back you would find the same dog. A dog born in 1976, Morningtown Toblar. So would it be any great surprise if many dogs of that colour shared the same temperament? No it's nothing to do with colour, more to do with ancestors.

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Is show or working type better suited to family life? I'd heard that working type are constantly "switched on" and less likely to chill after a long walk.
I started with Labradors from show lines but now tend towards more working lines (I work them) Yes, some (but not all) working Labradors can be "Driven" but remember, all Labradors originated from the same few dogs, and some show type dogs can also be quite highly motivated. The essential with any Labrador is that you train it, channel it's brain by giving it something to do.

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Hi Donna - welcome to the forum (a Mackem here!)

What John says is very true. Colour should be the last consideration when deciding the right labrador for you and your family (bearing in mind of course that there are only three colours in our breed - no dilutes ). Do some research into the bloodlines - and ensure that appropriate health tests have taken place.

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The reality is you don't need to consider colour coat last, first or in the middle. It will be one of many things a buyer would consider before making a decision.

You probably don't want a yellow if you are worried about light dog hairs on your business suits or a black or Chocolate if you like wearing white !

I would say if you don't want a lively dog that needs 18 months to 3 years to mature you don't want a Labrador. Working, Show or mixed.
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