Some common mismarks in Labradors
All these dogs are purebred
Labs and no there is no paint or ink on these dogs.
A good link for learning more
about color genetics in Labs. Lab
- Chocolate and Tan / Brindling
/ Mosiac - Black spots
/ Chimera / White
rings / White spots / Other
Rings around tails
Thanks to Karen
|Classic white ring around
Spots or splotches
|A cute chocolate with a
white spot on its tail.
|A version of misplaced
white hair. Notice the front foot of the smaller puppy
in this picture.
|Look at the white hairs on the chest
of the puppy on the far left and the white paw
These are not considered mismarks.
||Here is a dog who has the
grey factor which isn't technically a mismark. By the
way, this dog had Bolo spots (see below) on all 4 paws
as a young puppy. Could the greying be connected?
|This is called a "Bolo
spot" or bolo mark. Its named after CH. Banchory Bolo
one of the early Labs who had these spots and passed
them on to his get and future generations. Bolo spots
are found on the back of the leg above the pad. This
is NOT considered a mismark.
Thank you Karlene for allowing the use
of this photo.
||Another bolo spot but in a yellow.
While bolo marks are not considered
a mismark, there is debate on whether or not it would be considered
a disqualification in the conformation ring. The Labrador
standard allows a small white spot on the chest and states
it is "permissible" to have one. However,
it doesn't mention bolo spots which makes it open to interpretation
for a judge.
General consensus is that it
would probably be allowed under a knowledgeable breeder/judge,
but not under a all-breed judge. The breeder/judge would
know that these are common in Labs, but the all-breed judge
This is another interesting case.
An owner posted this picture on an online bulletin board.
It is an 11 week old puppy with white-flecks of hair along
This was a first for me, but
according to the late Helen Warwick in her book "The
New Complete Labrador Retriever" (chapter 6)
she states in part: "White hairs first appear singly
on the feet and legs, later spreading with varying density
to other parts of the body... Usually the under coat grays,
giving the coat a salt and pepper appearance. ...Development
and disappearance of this condition may be rapid or slow.
In my experience, the white hairs have disappeared by the
time the animal is ayear old and the puppy coat has been shed.
I know of no instance in which the condition has recurred."
||This dog not only has the
greying factor, but also a reddish tinge.
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PLEASE NOTE: None of
these markings makes a dog unfit as a beloved pet. By the
same token, no one should try to classify these markings as
rare and charge more for a puppy who has these markings. We
get mail daily regarding whether or not someone's dog might
be mixed, but sold as purebred, due to some of the markings
on their dog. These pictures are here for the sole purpose
of education on what might occur on some puppies/dogs.
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