Brindle Labrador Retrievers

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Have you ever seen a Brindle Labrador Retriever? As far as I know I have not seen one in person. Although, I’m not too sure I’d recognize a purebred brindle Labrador retriever even if I saw one.

Just about everyone has heard of the Labrador Retriever breed. And I’d probably say that most people know the common colors of a lab: yellow, black, and chocolate (brown). Of course, there’s a lot of variation in the yellow coloring from a very light white color to as deep as red/copper color.

However, have you heard of or ever seen the other Labrador Retriever coat colors? A few months back I wrote an article about Black and Tan Labrador Retrievers. The coloring is very similar to a Rottweiler or a Doberman Pinscher. One of our guide dog puppy’s in training, Egan was black and tan lab. If you want to see a picture of Egan take a look at the article on Black and Tan Labrador Retrievers.

Brindle Labrador Retriever

The second unusual color variation in the Labrador coat color is brindle. As I mentioned in my previous article the brindle coloring is seen less often. Labs with brindling have tan speckling on their forelegs, muzzles, and chest.

Here at Puppy In Training we were lucky enough to receive some pictures from one of our readers who has a couple brindle Labrador Retrievers. Here are the photos I received:

Waiting For Her Treat

Good Down-Stay!

Learning To Retrieve

Here’s what Maia and Tora’s handler had to say about his two brindle Labrador Retrievers:

“Maia’s reddish/brown on black is more dramatic. Each leg has a different pattern. Her inner thighs have yellow hair as does her butt area. At 8 months I began training her to hunt pheasant, quail and chukar. Often times she will hold a strong point and I have hunted her with some professionals and she holds her own. Tora’s a chocolate with yellow markings on he muzzle, across her chest and on each leg. Her brindling is more uniform than Maia’s. At nearly six months she swims like a fish and retrieves very well. Soon we’ll go to the fields with a couple of birds and begin training in earnest.”

It’s interesting to see pictures and hear about the unusual color variations in Labs.

As you all know I’m working with my current puppy, Derby in hopes that he will someday be a guide dog. Raising a guide dog requires a specific training program as we prepare our puppies to lead their blind handlers in many different places and situations. One thing that caught my interest after reading the short snippet about Maia and Tora the Brindle labs is that they are being trained as hunting dogs. As with a guide dog I’m sure a hunting dog has a strict and specific training program. I would be interested to see exactly what kind of training a hunting dog goes through.

If anyone has any other pictures of brindle labs I’d love to see them. If you train hunting dogs I’d be interested to hear about how a hunting dog is trained. What do you think of these Purebred Brindle Labrador Retrievers?

Here are some more articles on Purebred Brindle and Black and Tan Labrador Retrievers:

Brindle and Black and Tan Labrador Retrievers

Black And Tan Labrador Retrievers

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  1. I have alot of people telling me that my puppy isnt a lab either. he is a 9 week old brindle lab puppy. The father is a yellow lab and his mother is a chocolate lab. I too have never seen a lab with his colorings and it does not matter to me if her can be registered or not. He is sweet and smart and thats allthat matters. My goal is to train him to be a theraphy dog and work in the drug and alochol field. with his sweet disposition he will be sure to help people as they go through the healing process of recovery. He lays his little head (little for now) in your lap and your heart just melts.

  2. Just wondering why no one had mentioned that both akc and ukc standards state that a lab cannot be brindled. If in fact these are pure blood they are highly undesirable for the breed as they do not meet breed standards. Hunt training is done in a variety of ways depending on training styles. You should checkout wildrose kennels… They breed and train the ducks unlimited dogs.
    My answers come from breed research and many years of breeding labs.

  3. Sres, he dado con ustedes ya que tengo un cachorro de labrador totalmente atigrado. los padres son mios (con papeles) que se pueden ver y el cachorro tiene 60 dias ahora, a los hermanos los vendí todos unos amarillos y otros negros esta es la cuarta camada.
    si alguien esta interezado in cluzo me podria orientar en cuanto lo puedo vender, esta vacunado y desparasitado y tiene su pasaporte, muchas gracias mi tlf es 655992115

  4. So nice to find this site and read about other brindles! Our beautiful brindle lab, Duchess, died suddenly a year ago. Her coloring was very much like a tortoise shell cat. We’d never heard of brindle labs before we saw her. Her genetic “defect” was our blessing – the breeder didn’t charge us anything for her since she couldn’t be registered. She was the smartest, sweetest, most beautiful dog we’ve ever had. Anytime we left the house with her, people would stop us and comment on her coloring, and were always surprised to learn she was a lab, even though she had the classic lab shape. (They wanted to list her as a “Lab mix” when I took her to be spayed, and looked at me like someone had duped me when I told them she was purebred.) Her mother was a yellow lab and her father chocolate. The breeder told me he’d gotten a couple of brindles from different litters. Beautiful dog – we’d love to have another!

  5. That first picture looks like the dog i lost , her name was brownie and i was away for the summer that year of september ’08.. and was told so by my parents when i got home ,so i was a bit late on the story by the time i was home …so i was wondering who and where did the photograh come from.

  6. my black lab just had puppies 2 weeks ago and she ended up having 3 of the brindle colored puppies and omg they are so cute, and have not for this site I never would have known what they were, I thought maybe my lab or the male had a rottie somewhere in their lines but thanks to your site I now kow different

  7. We just had a litter with two brindel pups a dark chocolate,black and golden .

    The brindel pups are chocolate with black tiger stripes.

  8. We have a brindle who looks EXACTLY like the lab in the green collar in the “Good Down-Stay!” photo above. His daddy was a midnight black lab and his mommy was a beautiful yellow lab. Our male dog (Shane) came out of the first litter that his mom had looking like a peanut butter cup, and my son chose him immediately. His mom subsequently had another litter, and a female pup came out that looks like our dog’s twin sister.
    People shake their heads or voice their disbelief that our Shane is a lab, but he is, and he’s the sweetest most loyal dog we’ve ever had. Those same people can’t seem to resist petting Shane, and we’re lucky to have him. He’s been a tremendous, lovable addition to our family, and he is just the best with kids.

    if Shane is indicative of all brindles, I can’t recomend them enough if you’re lucky enough to find one!

  9. I am so happy to see this site. We purchased our pup from a lab breeder. The litter was bred with a yellow sire and chocolate dame. The litter had 3 yellow, 3 black, and 2 brindle. They breeders said that pairing has never produced a pure chocolate lab; only brindles. We didn’t want to breed or show our dog and we thought the brindle markings were really neat. We get a lot of weird looks when we tell people she’s a lab, but her personality and temperament are 100% lab. She is the sweetest dog and is a serious water bug. I am glad to see that there are others like her!!

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