Believe me or not, that is the honest truth. According to the various Labrador breed associations and national kennel clubs, Labradors come in only three recognized colors, and gold is not one of them.
However, if you’re looking for kennel ads, you can’t help but notice that there are plenty of ads that loudly proclaim that they breed Golden Labrador Retrievers. And by that, they don’t mean a Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever mix (also known as Golden Labrador Retrievers). They actually say it’s a purebred golden colored Labrador Retriever.
The only three recognized colors of purebred Labrador Retrievers are yellow, black, and chocolate (which used to be called liver). Yellow Labrador Retrievers have many shades of their yellow hair. Some are so pale that they are called “white” even though their papers call them yellow. The darkest shade of yellow is sometimes called “gold”. But still, even the darkest golden Labrador Retriever won’t compare to the brilliance of a Golden Retriever.
Unfortunately, as PT Barnum said, “a sucker is born every minute.” These types of people will believe anything they are told. If you tell them that a purebred golden retriever exists, they will open their wallets and buy one. Even when they can clearly see that the puppy’s color is yellow, they think the “gold” label means “premium” and will buy the so-called “golden Labrador Retriever” at a higher price, instead of the identical-looking “yellow Labrador Retriever” . “.
Golden Lab is not always better than a Yellow Lab
If you find out that your expensive “golden labrador retriever” is just a yellow lab, take it easy. Your dog will remain loyal, humorous and affectionate. Stay with the dog. But by all means complain to the Better Business Bureau about how the dog was represented. It would be helpful if you had a copy of the original advertisement taking you to the kennel and a copy of the contract. You got a contract on your “golden labrador retriever,” didn’t you? If not, there is ANOTHER thing to complain about.
If you got your lab from a rescue shelter and your lab was listed as a purebred golden labrador retriever, the staff just made a common mistake. Don’t bother them about it, they are doing their best. You could write a thank you letter about how well you get along with your rescue dog and casually mention that there is no official purebred Golden Labrador Retriever. Once this is done, focus on building a great friendship with your new Lab of any color.
If you already have a Golden Labrador Retriever, don’t stop caring for your Labrador even now that you know he (or she) isn’t a purebred. Telling this fact that you just learned to the people around you who are considering buying a Labrador retriever would be valuable. For them and for you.