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yellow,chocolate or black lab. Is therenreally any difference?

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WTFwasthat Fri 19-Oct-12 17:27:19

that's it reallly. Two of my friends swear blind that the chocs are a bit thick and that blacks are the cleverest, can that be true?

mumofthemonsters808 Fri 19-Oct-12 17:32:35

No truth it's a myth it all depends upon the individual dog, given the option I would choose Black everytime but I'm biased.Labs are a wonderful breed of dog whatever colour you choose.

Blacks are obviously the best. I may be biased. wink

imperialstateknickers Fri 19-Oct-12 18:00:02

I walk several of each. They're all lovely, the brightest is probably a yellow bitch, second brightest is a black dog, the thickest is a chocolate dog, but it's hard to tell, he may improve after his op., he spends most of his time at the moment trying to hump anything that might conceivably be a girl, eg the wrong end of one of the black ones, his bed, a footstool..., and like many male creatures clearly his brain has migrated to his trousers.

I dont think that assumption is true.
I have a black. He's a bit thick and hyperactive and very headstrong. But he is a darling and I wouldn't change him for the world.
I would say however choose your pup carefully.

We have a brown lab, and she is definitely a bit dim! And someone once pointed out to me that you never see a brown lab guide dog, which, if true, MIT say something about their intelligennce, or lack thereof.

But ddog1 is a gorgeous, loveable, cuddly teddy bear of a dog, and that far outweighs her dimness. There are pics of her gorgeousness on my profile.

ForeverProcrastinating Fri 19-Oct-12 19:12:59

Another Lab fan here, they are wonderful dogs. We had a chocolate bitch as our first dog when we got married, such a softy. When she was about 6 she was diagnosed with Addison's, a condition affecting the production of adrenaline (fight or flight hormone), this made her very laid back and easy going, could be interpreted as a bit dense. We lost her aged nearly 8, a very dark day. A year later we got a black bitch after much checking up pedigrees, hip/eye scores and she is VERY clever dog, descended from field trial champion stock. Handy for always finding squeeky ball ! Sorry about the ramble, in answer to your post, I think there are clever and not so clever all colours, I know a black boy whose nice but dim and a very smart and sneaky yellow boy (my girl's boyfriend). Check on breeding and pedigree as far as you can, colour not as important IMHO.

out2lunch Fri 19-Oct-12 19:16:07

i think the chocolates are gorgeous

WitchOfEndor Fri 19-Oct-12 19:20:09

Not sure about intelligence but I did hear that chocolate labs are the most accident prone! I have a black lab and he is very clever when it suits him. grin

mrspink27 Fri 19-Oct-12 19:20:56

We have a choccie, chocolate dog, chocolate brain. But gorgeous... Think there is a pic on my profile...

hebetrayedme Fri 19-Oct-12 19:22:02

I have a fox red and he's wonderful

So lovely, mrspink!

Littlemisspoorly Fri 19-Oct-12 19:31:06

I have two black labs. Colour not by choice but by chance (both rescues - we'd have any dog as long as it was a lab) both very different in character.

The first is highly intelligent and can virtually read my thoughts. The second you can see the chocolate coming through the coat in the sun and she has rounder eyes with the choc type hairless ring around the eye IYKWIM. Shes stubborn and a bit thick confused

We used to have a highly intelligent golden lad and he was wonderfully gentle with the kids.

TheCunnyFuntOfEastwick Fri 19-Oct-12 22:23:12

It'd be funny if yellow labs and black ones were at opposite ends of the intelligence scale, because I know a yellow and black one! His front left quarter is black with yellow splotches, front right quarter is yellow with black splotches, his back left quarter is the same as front right, and his back right is the same as front left.

I wonder what his intelligence level would be if blacks were stupid and yellows were smart grin

WTFwasthat Fri 19-Oct-12 22:40:16

Love the sound of you multicoloured cunnyfunt!! So, in a nutshell, there's bugger all difference in much the same way as skin colour is irrelevant then? Perfect answer. Thankyou all

WTFwasthat Fri 19-Oct-12 22:41:27

Multicoloured dog I mean! blush

yesbutnobut Fri 19-Oct-12 22:47:46

Does it depend on whether the lab is from show or working stock? You would think the working dogs are cleverer than the show ones - or is this too much of a generalisation?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Fri 19-Oct-12 22:51:10

I have a black boy, he's smart when he wants to be and as daft as a brush when it suits. I love him to bits.

SoggyMoggy Fri 19-Oct-12 23:07:50

Once upon a time there was a little bit of truth to this. The gene pool for chocolate labs was much narrower. Many of them came out of lines not, uh, renowned for attention span, let's just say. Breeders used to refer to 'brown brains'.

These days? Well the gene pool is much, much broader and more diverse. So color is no longer indicative of brains. It's just a bit of breeder lore that people still hang onto even though it's outdated.

yesbut mine is working lines. Still as dopey as two short planks. grin love my boy; cant retrieve for toffee, happily chases his tail, barks at his own reflection, but can stiff out a muddle puddle in a desert.

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Fri 19-Oct-12 23:08:50

WTF I think I agree.
IMO, FWIW-
Black labs- cheekiest. Clever lads.
Brown labs- more laid back and less smarts.
Don't know that much about yellow labs.
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*that would be muddy puddle. blush

MagratGarlik Sat 20-Oct-12 00:36:38

Those that say they've never heard of a choccie guide dog have obv never read "Emma" by Sheila Hocken. (It was big in the '80's so this may be a generational thing).

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Sat 20-Oct-12 01:40:56

They're all babies really at the end of the day

groovejet Sat 20-Oct-12 07:48:31

Was just about to mention "Emma" Magratgarlik Have actually read that fairly recently for a childhood flashback. That book developed a clear preference that if I was ever to have a lab I would choose ideally a chocolate lab.

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