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Facts to Know About White Labrador Retriever

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A Happy White Labrador

A Happy White Labrador

Labradors Retrievers are, without any doubt one of the most popular dogs among the dog-keeping community. I have not seen a single dog owner who didn't know about Labradors or hadn't kept them in the past. According to American Kennel Club statistics, Labs are the most popular dog breed in the US for the past 30 years. Apart from their exceptional qualities of being lively and friendly, they come in different colors. Mostly, they are brown (varying shades of brown), black, grey, etc. But, very rarely they can have white-colored fur. The white labs are very beautiful, rare, and expensive.

Is White Labrador a myth?

Unlike, many myths and fake pictures that you can see on the internet, White Labrador is not a myth or camera effect. The white color is due to a rare genetic combination. This genetic combination is perfectly normal. The white retrievers have the same physical, psychological, and emotional parameters as other labs but have a color difference.

Are White Labradors different from other Labradors in any aspect?

As far as nature is concerned, White labs are essentially a complete copy of brown or black Labs. They have the same friendly and cuddly attitude. Safe around children. They like to play, adore a lot of physical activity and most importantly seldom bite or get aggressive. Labradors are very good for hunting and fishing. They were used to hunting and fishing because of their excellent running and swimming capabilities.

The only and sole difference is color. White labs only differ from other labs owing to their white-colored fur. In fact all, the remaining aspects are essentially the same. So, if you hear from someone that a white Labrador behaves like a Rottweiler or German Shephard (aggressively in short), then that person is deliberately telling a lie or has mistaken another breed for Labradors.

A Brown and Black Labrador Retriever

A Brown and Black Labrador Retriever

Are white Labradors Albino Dogs?

The answer in plain words is NO. Albino dogs are a result of a unique genetic mutation. These kinds of dogs lack pigment across the body. Resultantly, the albino dogs appear white. But they differ from normal dogs as they have pale skin. Albino dogs also show a pink and light red nose that differentiate them from others.

White Labradors are not Albino dogs. They have pigments in their skin, their skin is not pale neither their nose is pink or light red.

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How rare are white Labrador & are they really expensive?

White Labradors are very rare. The genetic combination that phenotypes the white color in Labs is scarce. Factually stating, white color in Labradors is less than 1% of the total population of purebred Labradors. So, we can say, if 100 purebred Labradors breed then there will be less than 1 pair that will have a white puppy.

This argument then clarifies the prior statement that they are really expensive. Owing to extreme scarcity, they are high in demand and low on supply. Consequently, they come with a huge price tag. A white Labrador puppy may cost 1500-2000 USD or more.

Raising a White Labrador

Raising a white lab is really a fascinating story. You will be in spot light all the time. Your friends, family members, and distant relatives, all will try to get the dog or the puppy from you. You will get a lot of exchange and sell offers. My advice, keep your pet if you have developed an intimate relationship or sell it once you get a great deal.

Raising a White Labrador

Raising a white lab is really a fascinating story. You will be in spot light all the time. Your friends, family members, and distant relatives, all will try to get the dog or the puppy from you. You will get a lot of exchange and sell offers. My advice, keep your pet if you have developed an intimate relationship or sell it once you get a great deal.

A White Labrador Showing Slight Yellowish Hue

A White Labrador Showing Slight Yellowish Hue

My White Lab is Gradually Turning Yellow?

Are white Labs really white or is there a catch? Many people complain about their white Labs that turn yellow eventually. And it is true. It is very much possible that white Labs may develop yellow tinges when they grow. The reason is that most white-looking Labs have a small quantity of yellow pigment in skin and hairs. The color is due to the presence of pigment. Greater is the quantity of pigment, more is the yellowish hue.

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Puppies have far less hair and softer skin. As the hair grows, they tend to become denser. As a result, your white-looking puppy may show a slight yellowish shade over time.

Although the change will not be very drastic and most people will call the color of the dog "whitish-yellow" with more emphasis on the white. It is only when you bring the dog close to another white dog or a white object that you start to notice the difference.

Are white Labradors purebred?

Yes, white Lads are purebred. They are not a separate breed but are essentially the same breed with a difference in the genetic combination.

White Labradors are the progeny of yellow or light brown purebred Labradors. A unique genetic combination produces their color. they should not be mistaken for a separate breed.

A Cute White Labrador Puppy

A Cute White Labrador Puppy

Should you get a white Labrador puppy?

Getting an adult dog or a puppy depends on the owner. Some people like adult dogs while others prefer puppies. A Labrador puppy of the white color is rare and expensive. Furthermore, puppies have specific immunization and veterinary requirements. The extra care that is essential to puppies is expensive. As a result, the cost of keeping a puppy drastically increases.

Adult on other hand does not require any specific vaccinations. So, the cost of keeping an adult dog is less than a puppy.

But the choice is up to the owner. A white Labrador puppy is expensive and rare. The owners have to spend a fortune to purchase them. In addition, the owners have to bear the price of complete check-ups and vaccination protocols.

Despite the charges, a white Lab puppy is enchanting and high in demand. People are actively looking to buy, white puppies owing to their beauty and mesmerizing abilities.

Common Problems and Diseases that Affect White Labs.

Like other dogs, many managemental and pathogenic problems affect White Labradors. Following are a few

  1. Firstly, you should get your pet completely vaccinated to prevent any viral infection from harming your pet.
  2. Regular deworming is compulsory. As a vet, I recommend deworming after 3-4 months. Deworming will eradicate all parasites from the gut and ensure the complete absorption of digested food.
  3. Regular visits to the vet; owners should visit their vets at least once every three months for a check-up, deworming, and grooming of their dogs.
  4. Grooming is essential as it will keep your dogs free from all kinds of external parasites. Grooming also keeps fur fluffy and clean.
  5. Labs are a very active breed of dogs. They love to play and go for Walks. Owners must take their Labs for walks or play with them. Walking and playing help uplift the mood and keep the dogs healthy & fit.


There is no doubt that Labrador retrievers are superb pets. They are much liked due to their friendly nature. They like to play and go for walks. Unlike other dogs, they become an essential part of the household. A vast majority of people consider small children safe around the Labradors.

They can be great companions. They love to cuddle and go for hikes and long walks. Labradors are very intelligent, great pets for single mothers and the disabled. Due to their cunny and warm nature, they are also used for therapies. In short, Labradors are the most complete pet dogs.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Abdullah Iqbal

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