Believe me or not, that’s the plain truth. According to the various Labrador breed associations and national kennel clubs, Labs come in only three recognized colors, and gold is not one of them.
However, if you are looking for dog kennel advertisements, you can’t help but notice that there are many advertisements loudly proclaiming that they breed Golden Labrador Retrievers. And by that, they don’t mean a Golden Retriever / Labrador Retriever mix (which are also known as Golden Labrador Retrievers). Actually, they say a golden colored PUREBRED Labrador Retriever.
Suspicion of scam
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”, although their papers will 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.
Sadly, as PT Barnum said, “every minute a fool is born.” These types of people will believe everything they are told. If they are told there is a purebred Golden Lab, 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 than the identical looking yellow labrador retriever. “.
Golden Lab is not always better than a Yellow Lab
If you discover that your expensive “Golden Labrador Retriever” is simply a Yellow Lab, take it easy. Your dog will remain loyal, comical, and loving. Stay with the dog. But, of course, 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 that takes you to the kennel and a copy of the contract. You got a contract with your “golden labrador retriever”, didn’t you? If not, there is ANOTHER thing to complain about.
If you had 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 be mad at them about it, they are doing the best they can. You could write a thank you letter about how well you are getting along with your rescue dog and just casually mention that there is officially no purebred Golden Labrador Retriever. Once that’s done, focus on building a great friendship with your new lab of any color.
If you already have a golden labrador retriever, be sure to take care of your lab even now that you know he (or she) is not purebred. It would be valuable to tell you about this fact that you have just found out to the people around you and are considering buying a Labrador retriever. For them and for you.