Brown Labradoodles are playful, energetic and very clever. Generally low shedding dogs, brown Labradoodle puppies are a great choice for lots of families. Today we’ll take a look at where to find a brown Labradoodle puppy, and how to predict what color they will be as an adult dog.
- What are brown Labradoodles?
- Brown Labradoodle shades
- Color fading in brown Labradoodles
- Brown Labradoodle puppies
A brown Labradoodle is one of the most popular shades for this much-loved mix. Brown Labradoodles can have hair, fleece, or wool coats. And, the exact tone of their fur can vary, from light brown, caramel shades to darker, russet tones. Some chocolate Labradoodle coats will fade over time to a silver/grey color. And, in Labradors, chocolate fur is potentially linked to a shorter lifespan. So, it’s all the more important to choose a reputable breeder when seeking out a brown or chocolate Labradoodle puppy.
What is a Brown Labradoodle?
A brown Labradoodle is not a separate breed. They are the same as any other Labradoodle! Many American Labradoodles will have two purebred parents – one Poodle and one Labrador Retriever. Usually, breeders will choose parents with brown fur to try and replicate this shade in their puppies. But, you will also find brown Labradoodles with Labradoodle parents (f2 or multi generation Labradoodles). Even some with one Labradoodle parent and one Poodle parent (f1b, f2b, etc)!
You can also find brown Australian Labradoodle puppies. Australian Labradoodles also have influence from Cocker Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, and Curly Coated Retrievers, all of which can have brown fur.
Although all brown Doodle dogs will share similar fur colors, their other traits will vary depending on the type of Labradoodle they are. But, all are generally known to be friendly, affectionate, and intelligent dogs.
How Do Brown Labradoodles Get Their Color?
All dog coat colors come from two pigments: eumelanin (black) and pheomelanin (red). Various genes act on these base pigments to create different shades and tones. Brown coloring comes from interaction at the basic black pigment – eumelanin.
The locus that controls this coloring is known as B. If your puppy inherits a dominant B gene from either parent (BB or Bb) they will have a black coat. But, if they inherit the recessive version from each parent (bb), they will have a brown coat.
Types of Brown Labradoodle
So, we know that American Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles can have brown fur but be very different to one another. And, the size of your brown Doodle can vary depending on the Poodle parent used – eg. to achieve a Miniature brown Labradoodle. But, on top of that, not all shades of brown fur are the same. So, two brown Labradoodles can look very different from one another. And, breeders might not always use the term “brown” to describe their puppies. Here are some other descriptors you might come across when searching for a brown Doodle:
- Light brown
- Dark brown
The above terms refer to solid brown variations. But, you can also find Labradoodles with different brown markings. For instance: phantom, tri color, abstract, parti, and more. Labradoodles can inherit any of the shades or markings possible in their original purebred ancestors – which will vary depending on whether you have an Australian Labradoodle or an American Labradoodle.
Color Fading in Brown Labradoodles
There are two major ways that your Labradoodle may have a faded coat. A grey coat from birth can be caused by the dilute gene. If your brown puppy inherits two copies of this gene, they will emerge with a “silvery” coat, often described as cafe, or parchment. This gene dilutes the regular brown coloring into something paler, resulting in silver Labradoodles. Puppies will have this from birth, so you will never see a rich, or dark brown coloring on them.
Alternatively, puppies may inherit the graying gene from their Poodle side. These puppies will have brown coats for their first few years. But, they will prematurely turn grey as they age. Not all Labradoodles will experience this, only those who receive the greying gene from their Poodle parent.
Are Brown Labradoodles Healthy?
Brown Labradoodles will be at risk of the same health problems as any other color. But, chocolate colored fur has been linked to some specific issues in the purebred Labrador Retriever. For instance, some studies showed Labs with liver coats had a higher risk of:
- Ear diseases
- Otitis externa
- Atopic dermatitis
- Other skin issues
Studies have also shown that chocolate Labs have a lower lifespan than other shades, living to an average of 10 years, compared to the Lab’s normal 12. So, there’s a chance that your brown Labradoodle will also be at higher risk of these issues, and may live a slightly shorter life than other shades. Choosing a reputable breeder and attending regular veterinary check ups will help.
On top of this, if your Labradoodle has a dilute brown coat, they may suffer from skin problems, such as color dilution alopecia. So, keep a close eye on your Doodle’s fur when grooming them. Their grooming needs won’t change based on fur color, but on the specific coat type they have. Eg. hair, fleece, or wool fur.
Brown Labradoodle Puppies
Since brown Labradoodles can be described in a huge number of ways, it’s worth researching the specific shade of brown you’re hoping to find. After all, caramel and russet are quite different from one another! Once you’ve narrowed this down, you can search for breeders. But, like always, choosing a reputable breeder is more important than finding a Labradoodle with the exact fur color you’d like. Especially given some of the health problems that are linked to brown coats in the purebred Labrador.
Make sure you choose a breeder that health tests parent dogs before breeding, and doesn’t breed from dogs with any issues. Particularly those relating to skin problems, which are more common in chocolate Labs. You should be allowed to meet the mother dog – both parents if possible. This will give you a better idea of what colors and markings your puppy may have, as well as their personality.
Do You Have a Brown Labradoodle?
Brown Labradoodles are popular and make wonderful dogs for the right family. They will be just as energetic, clever, and loving as any other color. But, there are some health problems linked to this coloring in Labs that owners should be aware of!
Do you already have a brown Labradoodle puppy at home? Or are you still trying to decide which color is right for you?
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