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These Pictures of Chocolate Lab Puppies Are a Canine Brownout

The Labrador Retriever puppies in these photos are as irresistible to humans as chocolate itself.

Melvin Peña  |  Sep 10th 2014


Dogs have more coat color variations than you can count on both hands and both feet. Even polydactyly doesn’t provide enough digits to comprehend the vast spectrum of dog fur patterns and hues. Brown alone goes by numerous names, depending on the breed of dog. What we might casually call a “brown” dog may be formally known as “liver,” “mahogany,” “red,” “sedge,” or, in the case of Lab puppies, “chocolate.”

Brindle is perhaps my favorite variant — there’s something about the way that a brindle dog moves that makes the brown, red, tan, and black hairs seem to swirl — it reminds me of one of those visual patterns people share online that trick the eye into perceiving movement. Let’s restrict our focus, though, to brown, or as it’s known in the Labrador Retriever breed standards, chocolate.

First formally developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a distinct subset of the Lab family, today chocolate Lab puppies and their ilk are consistently named among the most popular dogs in America. These chocolate Lab puppy pictures will not trick your eyes, but treat them to the wonders and the joys of infancy!

For these chocolate Lab puppies, it’s time to play!

Just as coat colors have any number of names, many tied to specific dog breeds, chocolate Labs have countless ways to learn, have fun, and engage with the world. The next three chocolate Lab puppies each define “play” in a different way. Chocolate Lab puppies, like their black and yellow counterparts, were originally bred around the fin de siècle in Canada and England as hunting dogs. As many of you are no doubt aware, the “Retriever” in their name derives from their talent in bringing back game.

In electrical terms, a “brownout” is a reduction in available voltage and energy supply. Limited energy supply is one complaint you’ll never hear from owners of chocolate Lab puppies, who seem to have endless stamina for playing. Of course, interactive play is beneficial to both our next chocolate Lab puppy and to his owner. The caption to this photo says that the chocolate Lab puppy “teaches me to find pleasure in even the littlest things like retrieving a tennis ball.” Simple joys!

These days, you’re probably more likely to encounter chocolate Lab puppies in a domestic idyll or trained as service dogs than tracking fowls. chocolate Lab puppies are full of fun and good natured to boot. They are highly trainable, patient, and obedient dogs. This chocolate Lab puppy’s name is Megan, and she’s working hard to become a guide dog. She’ll spend her life helping people and being loved in return!

Enough play! Time for lounging!

The easygoing nature of chocolate Lab puppies means they’re equally adept at lounging around as they are indomitable playmates. Let’s meet Nora, who’s had quite enough of chasing after things and dashing about the yard. Time for a nice, leisurely sit in the grass; maybe you could get her something to eat? I’m inclined to join her!

Chocolate Lab puppies are at home wherever they are cared for. Don’t we see this with all infants? You get the coolest trinkets and baubles to entertain them, and, after a wary sniff, they pick up something else entirely? While they are good learners, most chocolate Lab puppies aren’t particularly erudite or well-read. I’m not sure how much this chocolate Lab puppy understands, but he has settled down with this morning’s paper.

Chocolate Lab puppies were once bred solely for the hunt, but the times keep changing, and these are adaptable dogs. We already know that the vigor of youth is difficult to contain; chocolate Lab puppies thrive by moving with the times. The puppy above perused the newspaper, but not all chocolate Lab puppies are such old-media traditionalists. This baby puppy is checking Twitter on a tablet.

Chocolate Lab puppies in their element

Let there be no doubt; while chocolate Lab puppies are content to stay inside for a while, they yearn to be outside. The more room a chocolate Lab puppy has to run and frolic, the better! What would a survey of such photogenic dogs be without landscapes of proper scale in which to appreciate their majesty? To beautiful and pastoral vistas we go!

My business is cute puppy pictures, a business which is always good. Just in the time I’ve written for Dogster, I’ve seen puppy pictures beyond count. I would be hard pressed to point to one that is more visually and emotionally evocative as this next chocolate Lab puppy. Perched on a bale of hay in the late afternoon, there is a bucolic poetry to this photo that cannot be denied. I saved it for last because I wanted to linger on it.

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English comedienne Jo Brand was once quoted as saying that, “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” Even though chocolate itself is toxic to dogs, I’m sure that fans of chocolate Lab dogs and puppies would not hesitate to agree with the principle.

Do you love chocolate Labs? Share your love and photos in the comments!

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