Every one of these yellow lab puppy pictures is adorable. Labrador Retriever puppies are among the most photographed breeds ever... and it's not difficult to see why. Enjoy!
The Yellow Labrador Retriever is probably the most easily recognized, and the most popular, variety of this breed. I'd doubt that there are many people who wouldn't recognize one!
When it comes to being photographed, they're also probably one of the most commonly-seen breeds and pictures of Lab puppies are used to advertise all sorts of things from toilet paper to flea medications.
The very earliest Labs were all black, but in 1899 the first recognized and registered yellow lab puppy was born in England. His name was 'Ben of Hyde' (you can see his photo further down the page, it's the only black-and-white one!).
At this time though that yellow coat color was in fact referred to as 'gold' and the dogs themselves as 'Golden Labradors'.
This is because they actually were much more golden in color than they were yellow... deep caramel color really. When I was a very little girl our family dog was one of these dogs and she was a beauty.
Today's yellow labrador retriever's coat can be anywhere from a deep Fox Red (similar to the original golden color), through various shades of gold and yellow, all the way to the palest cream and even white.
Here are some adorable yellow lab puppy pictures showing some of the variations in coat color.....
The three pictures above show lab puppies with the gold colored coats. The ones just below are lighter, more of a cream.
Although the their coat can be any shade between white and red, the pigment color of their nose, paw leather & eye rims should be black, and their eyes should be brown (according to the AKC Breed Standard).
Dexter (pic on the left) is a lovely example of the white coat and black pigment.
It's also not unusual to see yellow labradors with brown noses or eye-rims/paw leather.
Overall they do have a genetic predisposition towards pigment problems and anomalies, caused by recessive (or even faulty) genes, and because of the complicated way in which the 'color' genes interact, there's a wide variety of possible coat/skin color combinations.
Apache (the pup in the photo to the right) shows the paler nose pigment, and lighter eyes, and his coat is a beautiful pale gold.
Also, as these dogs age, the pigment color can fade (especially on
the nose), it can also be affected by sun and cold. So a puppy who
starts off with a black nose, may lose that deep pigment over time.
There's also a rare condition in the yellow dogs which causes the nose, eye-rims etc. to be unpigmented (ie to be pink rather than brown/black). This coloration is called 'Dudley', and a puppy or dog who's affected is usually referred to as a 'Dudley Lab'.
Although it's a disqualification as far as the AKC show standard is concerned, this pigment doesn't cause any health problems and doesn't make the dog any less intelligent, beautiful, loving and so on. A puppy with the 'Dudley' coloring is just as adorable as his brothers and sisters!
Take a look at the beautiful fox-red labrador puppy, Maya, on the left. This is a good representation of the original color of the 'Golden Labradors' of old.
In the 1980's English Lab breeders worked hard to re-introduce this dark gold coloring and I absolutely love it!
Labs have been in the #1 spot at the top of the AKC 'Most Popular Breeds' list for the last 20 years and rightly so.
They're the ultimate all-round 'good guy', and so versatile that they're suitable for just about every family, home, lifestyle and environment.
Each color has their own slightly individual temperaments, but every single puppy or dog is unique and you need to look to the parents for personality, conformation, genes etc. Coat color is as much about personal preference as anything else, and I think they're all equally stunning in their own way.
To learn more about the breed in general, check out my The Labrador Retriever page. You can also see more adorable photos on my Lab Puppy Photos, Black Lab Puppy Pictures and Chocolate Lab Puppy Pictures pages.
No matter which variation of coat color you choose, your won't be disappointed!
And last but not least, this photo above is of the very first recognized Yellow Labrador Retreiver, known as 'Ben of Hyde'. Interesting isn't it?