Blue Eyed Chocolate Lab looks amazing. Although, it’s rare and many people question, Can Labrador’s have blue eyes? When it comes to Purebred Labradors, they have only brown, black, or yellow eyes.
Chocolate labs blue eyes look pretty and lab lovers like to have one in their squad. However, if you get a lab with blue eyes then you need to focus on its grooming. A groomed puppy becomes the center of attraction. Apart from puppy wipes, a dog nail grinder is a must.
But, on the other hand, a chocolate lab with blue eyes has a chance that your Labrador is not a purebred puppy. According to research, Labradors will have different colored eyes. Here you can read about Lab with Blue Eyes-Facts.
A chocolate lab’s eyes will contain hazel or brown eyes color. Similarly, a Yellow Lab will own brown eyes and a Black Lab also come with brown eyes. It mostly depends on their genetics.
In this way, for a Labradors to have blue eyes, the genetics has to be very poor in the true sense. It is the expert’s opinion that the eye color should be brown in both yellow and black Labradors but hazel or brown in the chocolate labs.
On the other hand, Yellow or black eyes are undesirable as they give a harsh expression and people do not want one of the same categories.
What about Lab with blue eyes?
Chocolate Labs don’t have blue eyes because the breed standard doesn’t allow for any of the genetic mechanisms which would make it possible. They are highly pigmented dogs, and that includes their eyes!
However, some Labradors with the color dilution gene do make less pigment than others. Silver Labs are chocolate Labs with the color dilution gene. Their coat is lighter brown than a traditional chocolate Lab – think more chocolate milkshake than chocolate brownie. Their eyes are lighter too – usually somewhere between amber and pale green. Silver Labs with very light green eyes are perhaps the closest it is possible to get to a chocolate Lab with blue eyes, but they still aren’t blue in the truest sense.
But I’ve seen a chocolate Lab with blue eyes for sale!
Blue eyes don’t appear in chocolate brown Labs which meet the breed standard, but you may still have seen pictures of them. Here’s how.
All Labrador puppies are born with blue eyes to begin with. Of course, you won’t be able to see them right away, because they remain tight shut until they are approaching 2 weeks old. Once they open they still won’t have any pigment in them yet, so puppy eyes appear blue for at least another week or two. The earliest you might start to see their final eye color appearing is about a month old, and it can take a further two months for the pigment to finish developing. So there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to bring home a baby chocolate Lab with blue eyes at 8 weeks old. They just won’t stay blue for much longer, so enjoy them while they last!
If you meet an adult chocolate Lab dog with blue eyes, the chances are they’re not a full blooded Lab. They could have inherited the blue eye gene from a Husky ancestor and combined it with the genes for a brown coat. Or, they could have inherited the merle gene from a merle ancestor. If they have the merle gene they will also have a merle pattern coat, so have a look for tell tale patches of dilute fur color. But bear in mind though that merle patterning occurs on a spectrum, and ‘minimal’ or ‘cryptic’ merles have very few dilute patches at all!
If you’ve rescued an adult chocolate Lab with blue eyes, you can pay for DNA tests to find out what other breeds occupy places in their family tree, and whether they carry the ALX4 or merle gene.
The Fawn Labrador is another subgroup ofthe Yellow Labrador. This Lab is moreyellow than the Fox Red, but it is darker than the Yellow Lab. Even though it is considered a Yellow Lab,many breeders will refer to it as a Fawn Labrador.
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