Labradors are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. While they come in a wide range of colors, the most common ones are black, chocolate and yellow. However, there are a few rare colors you can choose from if you are looking for a more exotic Lab, including red. Fox Red Labradors look a lot like chocolate Labs, but the color is actually a dark shade of yellow. These dogs are extremely rare, but they are very unique. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the Red Labrador.
1. White Spots
The fox red has a higher chance of getting white spots (like on the chest) than other Labs. There are several reasons behind this. The yellow variation of the dog has a natural predisposition to white. However, the white is assimilated with the normal yellow color and is subsequently ignored. Due to the dark nature of a red variation, the white becomes very conspicuous. The gene pool in black Labradors is so large that the tendency to exhibit white spots has been mostly bred out. In fox reds, the gene pool is so small that you can expect white spots in almost 50 percent of the puppies.
2. Their red is not a separate color
Fox red is actually just a shade of yellow, as opposed to a separate red color. During the first stages of development, the original shade of the Lab Retriever was dark yellow. These were in fact referred to as Golden before being registered by the British Kennel Club. Since “gold” was not technically recognized as a color, they became yellow instead.
3. They can work as service dogs
Red Labradors can provide assistance to people with disabilities, work as search and rescue dogs, and help police with drug detection. In fact, Labradors have a long history of working as service dogs. They have grown from mere hunting dogs to become one of the most intelligent and useful animals on the planet. The Labrador can be very helpful to blind people in particular, helping them access their community easily and lead a more independent life.
4. It was originally bred as a fisherman’s companion
The Labrador was initially raised as a fisherman’s companion. It was very popular in the unwelcoming island of Newfoundland, where it worked alongside the local inhabitants long before modern technology. This job required a waterproof coat that was thick enough to tolerate extremely low temperatures, as well as an ability to swim in strong currents for long periods of time. Once the Lab was imported to England, its role metamorphosed into that of a shooting companion: utilizing his skills to find game and his intelligent to become the finest retriever in the world.
5. They are excellent swimmers
The red Labrador has a slick water resistant coat, thick “otter” tail, and soft flapped ears that stimulate a seal-like resemblance. This similarity is accentuated in the water. He is surprisingly comfortable while swimming, exploring the deeper territories with its strong webbed paws. The dog is equally flawless and powerful on land, exuding the general appearance of a strong and healthy canine athlete.