I have been doing a bit of research into colour types and how that correlates into personality recently,m y reason for looking into this is that I have two fox red labs currently and they really could not be more different, I've had several comments on how Mia has an unusual temperament for a fox red which I find odd. Growing up my family had a black and a chocolate lab, Misty (our black lab) was the most easily trainable dog I have ever known, her willingness to do her job and please us was like nothing I have seen before - which obviously fits the stereotype for black labs but I wonder if it had more to do with her bloodlines coming from working stock rather than her colour. Filly (our chocolate) was bred with amazing genes for the show ring coming from the likes of Crufts winners, I can't remember exactly which but I think I will try and pull her paperwork out at some point to look. Everyone who met her commented on how pretty and well put together she was (as well as the usual 'she must have been a nightmare to train'), she would have done amazing in the show ring but she was just a pet for us. She was by no means hyper or untrainable, in fact she would do pretty much anything that I asked her to. If anyone else asked her then she had little respect for them and wouldn't always do things straight away. Although she was never interested in fetching a ball, she learnt loads of cool tricks like jumping through a hoop, presenting her face for a kiss, putting a paw on me to tell me she wanted to go out instead of creating a scene by the back door and loved to spend most of her time stretched out in front of the fire. I was a child when Filly came to us at 6 months old, her previous family said she out of control and wouldn't/couldn't do anything right but I trained her myself when I was just 10 years old which makes me believe it was the previous family getting it wrong not her colour. My dad often commented on well trained she was for me for such an apparently uncontrollable dog. This brings me to our two current labs, both fox red, Mia is a bit of a nightmare and Bramble is a complete wuss. Bramble was bred to be a gun dog but is terrified (not just nervous, absolutely stand still and quiver terrified) of absolutely anything - noises, new people, other dogs, new places, literally anything! Needless to say we have just kept Bramble as a pet, she was an absolute delight to train and would have been absolutely perfect to do a job if she wasn't so nervous of the world. We had her from 8 weeks old and she was brought up exactly the same as all of our others but she's just such a timid soul. The only thing that can bring her out of her comfort zone is a ball, she is obsessed with playing ball! Mia on the other hand, was bred by a field trial breeder, he got rid of her at 4 months old because she wasn't keeping up with her training at all. Mia is absolutely my shadow and loves everybody she meets, people or dogs, but she has been a nightmare to train. She zooms around from one thing to another without concentrating on anything. She has the sweetest temperament but is not interested in fetching a ball, she's not interested in learning little tricks, she's not interested in agility training, she's just really not interested in 'work' of any kind. Her favourite thing to do is ride in the car, she's not even fussed about getting out at the other end, while car rides are among the list of things that make Bramble anxious! So as I say, our fox reds are complete opposites the only thing they have in common at all is their colour. This really makes me believe it is more about the bloodlines than the colour. Has anyone else looked into this and can offer any insight?