Fox red really is not a color but the most vivid shade of the yellow labrador retriever that
can be expressed. Fox reds have been around for an extremely long time, being bred in
England before getting imported to the states. In general the shade had grown out of
popularity and breeders were continuously breeding out the shade with more preference
toward the lighter yellow shades. The preference was on the shade alone and the fox red
Labrador when well bred should have the same characteristics in health, breed type and
temperament of any well bred lab in any coat color. All breeders should be trying to breed
to the same standard regardless of the coat color to maintain the integrity of the Labrador
I have always admired the richer darker tones of yellow but the first true fox red I saw close
up was Keepsake Brickhouse when I went to the LRC Nationals in Missouri 2006 where he
was also awarded Reserve Winners Dog. I made special trips past his handlers van to take
peaks all that week and could not get enough fill of that boy. He was stunning!
3 years after the Nationals where I saw Brick, I was looking on the web and noticed a litter
announced that Pam of Penara Labs had and I inquired about a fox red boy, and she had one
available that I proudly purchased. That is Ruger, Penara’s Red Label at Davikas. It took no
time for me to fall in love with this boy with the sweetest nature and lovely shade.
Further dipping into the darker fox red we bred our Lottie to a light fox red boy, Penara's
Without Warning bred by Pam but owned by Heather of Riorock labs and kept a girl Liza and
co-own her brother Coopa. In 2010 Heather had a litter with Penara’s Without Warning and
Centercourt all Fired up at Applewood and because of delivery complications the bitch had
to be spayed after her first litter. I thought the pedigree was so unique that I asked about a
puppy since Flame would never have another litter and that is how Riorocks Red Ryder at
In 2012 we got a lovely red puppy that we co-own with Elkens labs named Ida and we
Imported a fine young male from Silronrays labradors in France.
We are not ones to rush into anything and we have been so pleased with our existing lines
here at Davikas that we will be mingling these first fox reds acquired into our foundation
lines to come up with our future in reds. In some cases it will be a two stage or more
process keeping a black and then in the next generation hopefully getting the reds. In all
situations we will be breeding for health and temperament and not for color but hope by
bringing in the shade we will have occasional quality red dogs.
We have Pam of Penara Labs and Heather of Riorock labs to thank in getting us started in
the fox red Labrador direction and Eleonore of Elkens labs and Sylvia of Silronray labradors
for helping further continue this passion . We also have a yellow boy Dozer with fox red in
his pedigree and a lot of hunting titled dogs from Lou Piccone of Southfork Labs in NY and a
special yellow girl Twister with fox red in her pedigree from Michaela Wille of Red Diamond
Labradors. and would like to thank both of these breeders for trusting us and helping us get
some good genetic diversity in the Fox red shade. I hope the future holds some lovely fox
reds for and from Davikas Labrador Retrievers.
The lab standard has only three colors that are desirable and that is black, chocolate and yellow.
In the standard it also indicates that chocolate can be from light to dark shades and also yellow
can be shades of very light up to a dark fox red. Any colors like silver, charcoal and champagne
are not allowed in the standard and its suspect that they have been manufactured from the
introduction of other breeds of dogs. There is a lot of controversy around the non standard color
that have became very common but we eliminate that in our breeding program by adhering to the
guidance of the parent club.
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