Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dogs in the U.S. – still – for several years running. Among the three colors of Labrador Retrievers, black, yellow, and chocolate, black Lab pups are the most popular in both the U.S. and the U.K.
Because black Lab pups are so popular, many people decide to get one, and head for a pet store or answer a classified ad.
One Small Problem
One small problem with hunting black and white lab puppies is that there is not much information about them. So you tell the clerk at the pet store, “I want black and white Lab pup info.” The clerk says that all her black and white Lab puppies info has run out, since the litter they just got in was so large, but she assures you that they are purebred. The store is, after all, selling them as such, and why would they do that if the puppies were not purebred?
You scan the book rack at the pet store, and find nothing. You go to a nearby bookstore in the same mall, and look at books on Labrador Retrievers.
“Strange,” you mutter. “Black Lab pup info – chocolate Lab pup info – yellow Lab pup info – but no black and white lab pup info.”
One Large Problem
Black and white Lab puppies are not purebred. Black and white Lab puppies in info given by store clerks or breeders are Lab pups of mixed breed. They may look much like a Lab pup, but any puppy with more than a little white spot on the chest is not a purebred Labrador Retriever.
Consider the standard for Black Labradors.
Black Lab puppies must be black from head to tail. A very small white spot on the chest is permissible, but it isn’t desirable. There should be no brindle markings, no streaks or flecks of different colors.
The same standard applies to chocolate Labs and yellow Labs. A true Labrador Retriever is never black and white. Some disreputable breeders try to sell black and white dogs “Lab puppies”, but the dogs are mixed breed.
Just A Pet
If you just want a Lab pup as a pet, and do not care about its bloodlines, a little black and white, part Lab may be just what you want. Just be sure you pay a “pet” price for the puppy.