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Chrissy My Chocolate Lab

Updated on June 7, 2013

Chrissy is a Labrador Retriever

Welcome! I created this page in honor of my sweet chocolate lab puppy. Chrissy is a breed of dog called Labrador Retriever, and as one of the most popular breeds in the US, you have probably already heard of her breed! The AKC and breed clubs recognize three different colors of labs: chocolate, black, and yellow. You can read more about my Chrissy below as well as find a lot of information on labs, including some history, breed characteristics, and information on the controversial "silver" lab color.

Chrissy is the star of this lens! I will try to update with new photos every now and then!

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What is a Labrador Retriever?

Labs are known for their gentleness, intelligence, and determination. As such, labs make excellent family dogs! Because labs are very eager to please their masters they also make wonderful service, hunting, sporting, companion, and show dogs. Labs are very smart and are quick to learn with positive reinforcement. Characterized as being a strongly built, medium-sized dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation, the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the temperament to be a family companion. A distinguishing characteristic is the lab's short, dense, weather-resistant coat, thick and powerful "otter" tail, and its kind, friendly eyes which express character, intelligence, and good temperament. Labrador Retrievers also have webbed feet, which make them excellent swimmers.

A bit of breed history: The Labrador Retriever breed was originally from Newfoundland, where they were beneficial to fishermen. Labs helped pull in fishing nets and also caught wayward fish that jumped from the fishing lines. After being crossed with setters, spaniels, and other retrievers, the Labrador Retriever was then bred for retrieving game, although its temperament suited it for a variety of other purposes as well.

The AKC and breed clubs recognize Yellow, Chocolate, and Black coat colors. Yellow coats vary from pale (almost white) to fox-red yellow, chocolate coat darkness also varies.

Average Lab Weight

Males: 65-80 lbs.

Females: 55-70 lbs.

Average Lifespan: 12-14 years

My Chocolate Lab Puppy Story

Chrissy came into my life at a very sad time. My family had recently put our 13.5 year old yellow lab, Jessica (that's her in the photo at right), to sleep. She had lived a long and happy life, but was crippled by her arthritis and could no longer walk. This was a very sad day for me, but I know Jessica will always live in my heart and I will never forget her. Shortly after losing my sweet girl, my family realized how empty our lives and house seemed without a dog's happy face. We decided on a breeder who had a litter of 10 week old pups, and the only female puppy in the whole litter was a little chocolate! She was an adorable puppy, and from the moment I saw her, I was in love. She was friendly and very sweet, just as a healthy puppy should be. The first thing she did was run up to me and give me a puppy kiss! Chrissy's name is short for Christmas because we got her around the holiday season.

Caring for Chrissy has been very rewarding, but has also been a lot of work. There is no myth in the belief that puppies are mischievous! Chrissy is a quick learner and she learned basic commands at a young age, and thanks to me and my family's diligence, she was house-trained effectively. Chrissy is also crate trained, and she loves napping in her crate and sleeping all night in her crate like a big girl! She is always ready for adventure! A long run, a game of fetch, chasing birds & critters, or chewing her Kong. Like most labs, she has A LOT of energy and needs plenty of exercise. :)

Chrissy:

Born: 15 September 2010

Gotcha: 27 November 2010

Chrissy's current age:

Remember....

NEVER purchase a puppy of any breed from a pet store. You will most likely be supporting puppy mills which keep dogs in horrendous, filthy, inhumane conditions. The puppies sold in pet stores have almost always been removed from their mothers too early and are unhealthy. Learn more from the HSUS here.

My Puppy's Growth Chart:

I am providing this as a reference, so you can get an idea of how quickly lab puppies grow. The final weight of your puppy can be roughly estimated by doubling his/her 4-month-old weight. My vet informed me that a puppy Chrissy's size would gain about 10 lbs. a month until around five or six months of age. Chrissy's weight as of last vet visit:

Age - Weight

11 weeks - 16.00 pounds

15 weeks - 26.30 pounds

16 weeks - 29.60 pounds

22 weeks - 43.00 pounds

25 weeks - 48.00 pounds

10 months - 71.00 pounds

Is a lab right for you?

Labs make excellent pets, but they are not for everyone. Many labs end up in shelters and rescues because their owners cannot properly care for them. These are highly intelligent dogs that need to keep active and be challenged. If your lab gets board he/she will not hesitate to destroy your house. Labs need A LOT of exercise, both mental and physical. This is not a breed that will sleep all day. They are also prone to obesity if they do not get enough exercise.

"Silver" Lab
"Silver" Lab

What is a silver lab?

Silver Labrador Retrievers

Silver is not a recognized color by the AKC, and despite the popularity of the Labrador breed around the world, the silver color has never been produced anywhere but in the United States. Silver is not a chocolate mutation, but a diluted chocolate. "Dilution genes" are carried by all dogs but they are found in the dominant form in most breeds including the general population of Labradors. Only through selected breeding have some breeds come to have the dilution genes "turned on" and thus in the recessive form. Weimeraners always have two recessive copies - they are liver (chocolate) dogs that are diluted. It is widely believed that at some point, a chocolate lab and Weimeraner bred to produce the silver color. Early on, very closely related dogs were bred to select for the color (mother to son, father to daughter, brothers and sisters).

Silver labs have been bred for appearances only, therefore most breeders do not offer any/many health guarantees (such as OFA hip and elbow) and there are no standards for breeding quality. When you purchase a dog that has been bred only for color, you will pay too much for it and will be more likely to end up with a dog that is inferior in both health and temperament.

For an excellent explanation of silver labs please click HERE.

Not all labs like water! :)

Is your lab a landlubber?

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  • mecheshier 4 years ago

    Fabulous lens. Labs are my favorite. They are great guard dogs and have such a big heart! Thanks for sharing

  • spelaspela 4 years ago

    our labrador dog Oda likes to swim and most of the time spent in the water:)) nice lens

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    Our chocolate lab, Bosco, loved the water. We got him from the pound and he was the best surfing dog we ever owned. He died of cancer, aged 10.

  • Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

    The labs I have raised have all craved frequent swims. Fortunately, when I had labs, I lived on the Gulf Coast and had access to good "swimming holes" for the pups.

  • Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

    No, Daisy enjoys an occasional swim at the lake and doesn't mind her baths. Well, not much.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    No, she loves water, we have a hard time keeping her from jumping into the pool.

  • Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

    I have never owned a Lab but currently have 2 German Wirehaired Pointers. I have owned a very smart miniature Poodle and a wonderful black Great Dane. My son had a very smart chocolate lab that we all adored. All of my dogs have loved the water.

  • phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

    My yellow lab Sebastian takes a dip in the pool every chance he gets! Unfortunately, it also makes him smell like mold. :)

  • Stonecutter 6 years ago

    I had a Chocolate Lab some years ago but we were city dwellers so I don't know how he would have reacted to the H20

  • pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

    Chrissy loves the water!!! I cannot wait till summer so we can go swimming. :D

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  • dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

    Don't know yet. Just got Maddie for my birthday this year. She's only about 2 months old! I'm going to say she will love it!

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    My yellow lab is in heaven now but she liked both land and water. She was the most awesome lab right from 8 weeks to her trip to heaven at 13 years. do love them all, had a choc lab when I was growing up. EXCELLENT DOGS !!! Thanks for this lense !!!

  • Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

    one hates water and one loves water!

  • BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

    The black lab I grew up with, Tar, never liked to swim. He'd wade a little, but that was about it. I think my dad introduced him to the waves in Lake Michigan a little too early, so he didn't really take to water.

  • lclchors 5 years ago

    we had one that was a great upland bird dog.

  • norma-holt 6 years ago

    I have never had one but have heard of their love of water.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I've never had a lab but all the labs I've know have enjoyed water

  • ronbak 6 years ago

    Nice lenses. I have a Dalmatian/Black Lab/Beagle mix. She can be tempermental, but she's a sweetheart!

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Chrissy (March 21, 2011)

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Short Update (June 2011)

Chrissy was a winter puppy. She was born in September and after a harsh winter in upstate NY she is truly enjoying summer in the country! Chrissy loves the water and I hope to take her swimming soon -- she also likes chasing all the butterflies, moths, and other critters she sees. Keeping her out of trouble can be a challenge, but worth every minute! She continues to be a lap-doggy, even though she weighs around 65 pounds. Chrissy just loves being loved and around people -- she follows me everywhere I go. Soon she will be going on her biggest adventure yet: hiking and camping!! I am just enjoying every minute with my sweet chocolate girl.

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Chrissy: August 2012

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Do you have a lab? Want a lab? Share your stories and comments here!

Calling all lab lovers!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to enjoy seeing Chrissy's growth and changes over time. What a precious girl. :-)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      I had a black lab. She was wonderful. I do miss her.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Thanks for this great introduction to Chrissy.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      I have had labs in the past so I know they're great dogs. Just hope I'm up for having a puppy in the house since my kids are all grown!

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      I know you can't replace Jessica, but Chrissy will sure try. Very beautiful dog.

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Love your stories and photos of Chrissy. I loved my childhood black lab, Tar, and still miss him. At present we're not in a living situation conducive to a dog, but when we move, a lab will be somewhere in my family's future. My daughter LOVES labs, and she'd be over the moon to get one as a pet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I also had a special dog in my life named "Chrissy" who after 17 years had to be put down. He was named after Christmas and was my bestfriend. No one can ever take his place, but we just recently adopted an 8 wk old chocolate lab named Jackson. He is full of energy and makes us smile! We look forward to growing old with him!

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      DiPhotos 5 years ago

      I particularly enjoyed reading about Chrissie as I also have a chocolate lab. She's a rescue dog and came to live with us about 5years ago. You can read her story at http://www.squidoo.com/sophies-story.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I would love to have one if I live in house. Your lab is so cute! :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I love labs, maybe someday I will have one. I would always go to a rescue. Thanks for the heads up about puppy mills - we need to get the word out about that. I thought it was ironic that when you go to the Humane Society page about a responsible breeder there is nothing there. I am sure that there are responsible breeders, but man I am hesitant to go that route. You gave us a lot of information here - Squid Angel Blessed.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      don't have a lab right now but have 5 others I have and airedale named Harry

      https://hubpages.com/animals/harrys-great-adventur

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your sweet chocolate girl! Thank you for all the great info and photos about Labradors.

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      JanezKranjski 5 years ago

      My neighbour had chocolate lab a few years ago. It was the nicest dog ever.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      We had a black lab when I was a child and he was indeed a very intelligent and gentle dog. Labradors are excellent family dogs.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I don't have a Lab, I have a Pug. But I love all animals, dogs in particular. We humans are so lucky to have these great companions, who sit and commiserate with us in our darkest and celebrate with us in our greatest hours. Chrissy is lucky she has you, and you are lucky you have her. Enjoy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't have a lab, I just wanted to say that it was nice to meet Chrissy! She is beautiful

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      It is easy to see why labs have been the favorite dog breed forever. I have raised a litter of precious black labs. For several months now I have been searching the animal shelters for a chocolate lab. Seeing Chrissy just makes me want one even more. She is adorable! Thank you for a very interesting and informative lens. Loved it!

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      gogolf162 6 years ago

      I do not have a lab but they are beautiful dogs.

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      A wonderful lens! My lab is almost 2, but she never lacks energy and remains extremely loyal.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Sweet lens! Crissy looks very much like our "grandog Logan" (English Lab) also her sister Ginger who is a Blonde (yellow lab)...very smart dogs....

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Chrissy is beautiful! My Daisy is a yellow lab with brown eyeliner (her daddy was a chocolate). She just turned three. Wish Daisy and Chrissy could play!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Chrissy.. I love you :)

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      She's gorgeous and I love the photos you chose. Such a lively spirited doggie. Give her a pat for me.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Awesome lense. I'm getting a dog this week. My running buddy!!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Lovely - give her my love.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Hey, got your note and remembered that I had forgotten to mention the silver labs. I think they are just beautiful. But, that is so not a reason to ever own one, and I hope others will not make a market for them just because of that. If they could be born healthy and such, what an awesome color, though. And yes, your Chrissy and Jessica are and were blessed to have you as their owner. ...They have people names. :) Ours did too, but not modern names unless you call Sula (Ursula) and Leila modern more so than old-fashioned. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have a black lab, my son has a chocolate lab, and a close friend has a yellow lab. They're all adorable, the biggest babies, very patient with kids, and very loving. Chrissy is a beauty, and so was your sweet Jessica.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      If there were to be a poster dog, it would have to be the lab. We had two. The first one, we bought from a breeder. The second came up orphaned. Both were females and both had the sweetest demeanor. The orphan--people would say, are you sure she's a lab? Well, as sure as I could be. :) And was proven right when she mated with a neighbor lab (he climbed into the kennel) . Both dogs were black, and she gave birth to a healthy litter--two of the pups were green-eyed chocolate labs. :)

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm a dog lover, no matter the breed. I currently have 2 German Wirehaired Pointers, Jack is 5 years old and Joey is 3. I can't imagine not having a dog in my house. I loved reading about your Chirssy and Jessica....What a great lens.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Chrissy is beautiful and has a great personality :)

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      What a beautiful dog and lovely tribute- squid angel blessed.

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Chrissy is sooo cute. Do you live in Phoenix (as per your name?). I know a couple of great dog parks in the area.

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      Stonecutter 6 years ago

      Chrissy is Gorgeous, absolutely love those eyes. She reminds me of My Hershey, he was a chocolate lab as well, we lost him some years ago due to age, he was so great. I am sure Chrissy is a blessing in your life.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens from a new squid. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel blessings for Dogs on Squidoo.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      @anonymous: Thanks! I will go and check out those featured lenses right now. Yes, Chrissy is a sweetheart. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping back. I should have mentioned that I have all the featured dog lenses under the guest book. I falll in love with Chrissy every time I see her picture.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a pleasure to finally meet Chrissy, I've been seeing her pretty face on my lenses and fell in love. I really like your article on the silver lab as a precautionary note to folks thinking of just going for color. I'm about to lensroll and feature on my I Want a Dog lens, thank you!

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      aww what a gorgeous lens! :) chrissy is beautiful, i love the picture in the snow!!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      My sister just rescued a chocolate Lab named Lily. She's a real sweetie, just like your Chrissy.

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      Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      I don't have a lab, but I love dogs. Mine is a Queensland Heeler. Nice lens, full of dog love.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Chrissy is a beautiful dog

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      @annieangel1: Thanks! :)

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      nice