|Barked: Sun Aug 7, '11 11:33am PST |
|I met Daphne's dam, Molly, who looks exactly like her (tall, lanky yellow lab). I asked who her sire was and the trainer said that they re-homed him. Apparently a lot of the pups he was making with Molly were too lanky and skinny and, while they were the right height for mobility work, a lot of them didn't have a strong enough bone structure. Daphne and her siblings that are in training right now all have their mother's bone structure, which is lanky, but hearty. They re-homed all the pups that were too skinny.
The sire, Cody, was a chocolate lab. I vaguely remember reading online that for some reason you should NEVER breed a chocolate to a yellow lab. I know this is because if the pups turn out yellow, their nose and eyes aren't dark enough for confirmation shows. Daphne is an example of this. She has amber eyes and a chocolate nose with some pink. A yellow lab should have dark brown eyes and a black nose.
I already knew that Daphne wouldn't be able to compete in confirmation. Her head is too wedge-shaped and her body isn't stout enough. However, do you guys know if there are any other reasons why you shouldn't breed a chocolate to a yellow? Are there any genetic issues there?
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