Chocolate Labs Shouldn’t Eat Chocolate

I was thinking about Chocolate Labs today and it got me to wonder why they would name a breed after something that it shouldn’t eat. I guess “Brown Labrador” is too plain a name (but then why isn’t the Yellow Lab called a Canary Lab or a Sunshine Lab)?

So I decided to investigate and try to find the origin of the name “Chocolate” in relation to Labrador Retrievers. Through my brief internet search, I did not come up with anything explaining the name, however I did come across some interesting information about the history of Chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

chocolate black labrador lab retriever dog Trupanion pet insuranceAccording to labpups.com, Chocolate Labs used to be the least favorite color (and believed to be genetically not up-to-par) so people tried to remove them from the gene pool by tossing them in the swimming pool (in other words, they were typically drowned).

Genetics studies later proved them to be just as worthy of the Labrador Retriever name as any other color Lab so the efforts to revive the breed appeared in the likes of breeding Labradors with any other brown thing with four legs. Interesting.

*Photo from a member of our Facebook page

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

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