What is a Fox Red Lab?
Fox red is not a separate color of the Labrador but a red shade of yellow. Early on in lab breed development, fox red or dark yellow was the original yellow coloring trait of the Labrador Retriever. The original yellows were called Golden until the breed was registered under the British Kennel Club. Since Gold was not really a color to register with, yellow was adopted. The first yellow Labrador ever recorded was Ben of Hyde in 1899 sired by Major Radclyffe's "Neptune" out of Lord Wimborne's "Duchess" both blacks to see this original shade. These early Labradors were either dark golden or butterscotch tinged with red. Until and even to some point after World War II, dark yellow was the norm. It fell out popularity until recent years and now the red strain is being seen more often, still much more rare than the golden yellow, brown or black lab coloring.
Our dogs both have the red trait of yellow and will throw fox red labs puppies.