Discussion in 'Labrador breeding & genetics' started by TxJenn, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. TxJenn

    TxJenn Registered Users

    Jan 20, 2019
    I've got a mismarked choc and I've done what little research I could find on the genetics behind it. I got her from a breeder, saw the parents, 3 pups out of the 9 were mismarked and they all have heads like the father. I can't find a single vet or trainer that will acknowledge she's a mismark....they all tell me she's NOT full choc.

    Does anyone else have/had one?

    She's papered....should I get genetics testing done so I can tell these professionals to kick rocks? :)

    She's 10mos now and hunts...impressed the trainer for being a mutt!! Haha

    *photo of her as my avatar*
  2. Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith Registered Users

    Jan 15, 2019
    Your dog is definitely mixed. Mismarked labs will have a white spot on its chest or toes. The chest and toes Are more common, but it will just be a small spot here and there....not complete foot , chest, legs and eyebrow.....
  3. Edp

    Edp Registered Users

    Mar 16, 2014
    Firstly she is gorgeous, I would love to have a dog like that. She is definitely mixed with something despite what your paperwork says. Labs can have the odd white bit on its chest but not extensive marking like she has. I would either just enjoy her as she sounds fabulous or get a DNA profile out of curiosity.
  4. Chewies_mum

    Chewies_mum Registered Users

    Jun 6, 2018
    Your pup is very cute, and obviously rather smart! As others have said, mismarks in Labs tend to be a white spot rather than tricolour markings, like my boy has on his chest:
    You are obviously enjoying your dog, so ultimately it doesn't really matter, though I would understand if you were annoyed at the breeder! :)
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  5. Lucius Maximus

    Lucius Maximus Registered Users

    May 29, 2018
    Yes, definatley a mix, but she looks so much like a lab that a lot of people would be mistaken that she is, as others have said mismarked labs have a bit of white on the feet or chest (like the st johns water dog, their ancestors) but never markings like that. If I were to have a guess she looks part doberman with the facial markings, but who knows? Maybe she is 100% lab and a dna test would be a good idea if your really concerned, but she's a gorgeous dog all the same! My boy was a "fox red" advertised by the breeder (not kc though) and when we bought him the papers say yellow, and the vets have put gold. Turns out hes really all three colours in one, a red head and tip of tail and back, gold body and yellow/white on the toes and belly. Some people ask me if he's a labrador x golden retriever, I tell them no, he's a labrador, but I really dont know even if he has papers doesnt mean he's 100% lab either.

  6. mandyb

    mandyb Registered Users

    Oct 25, 2013
    East Devon
    Yes there are mismarked labs. I have personally seen a yellow with black splotches on it's head and body the owner also having it's pure black littermate.
    Here is just one link, google and there are several more. http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/mismarks.html
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  7. Aisling Labs

    Aisling Labs Registered Users

    Jan 6, 2018
    Get the DNA test done; it is not expensive and then you will know for sure. (And if you find that your dog is not pure Labrador, then notify the AKC that the Breeder has registered a non-pure bred litter.)

    It is quite likely that the Dam got with another boy and that the litter is out of two different Sires. The head being like the Sire you were shown likely came from the Dam's background IF this is the case. The Labrador genes are so strong that most mixed breed puppies from a pure Labrador Dam will look almost like they were also pure bred.
  8. Claire Rodkiss

    Claire Rodkiss Registered Users

    Mar 15, 2019
    Bruno is pure lab with a white strip on his chest but nothing else. The breeder was worried we wouldn’t want him and explained that the research she had done suggested it was some kind of throwback gene from their ancestors. Personally, I don’t care because he’s my boy!
  9. 5labs

    5labs Registered Users

    Mar 19, 2019
    North Yorkshire
    Your breeder and his papers are correct.
    Labradors are black, chocolate or yellow.
    Yellow covers all shades from almost white to dark red. So your papers will say "yellow" for a fox red lab.
    The vets calling him "gold" is a perception of colour and a commonly used term used for yellow labradors but not technicaly correct.
  10. Kami Kern

    Kami Kern Registered Users

    Sep 7, 2017
    Central Illinois
    Super uncommon but yes purebred labs can be marked this way! I'm super jealous I've always wanted to have one lol! Theres also a brindle mismark and others. I'm on a Facebook group with a few experts on this. It is due to a genetic thing but I cant say what it is because it's been a while since I was on the thread about it. Even though it's awesome looking I wouldnt recommend breeding her/him. But if you know of any more mismarks out of that litter let me know haha!
  11. TJ Shepherd

    TJ Shepherd Registered Users

    May 31, 2019

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