January 2013 - Coco has died aged 13 years. This website becomes her memorial.  

coco in the snow on mtbuninyong


The Future - DNA Testing for Labrador genetic problems

MMI Genomics' initial focus in the companion animal industries is the development of diagnostic assays that allow early detection for debilitating genetic disorders such as chronic hip dysplasia in Labrador and Retriever breed types....These tools will also be used in breeding programs to eliminate defective genes from the population and to certify the health status of individual animals prior to purchase.

It looks like they have two tests so far - DNA Identity (called Paw Print ) and Parentage (called GeneMatch Pedigree), both costing $55US

Look at http://www.mmigenomics.com for more information.

Also see Candidate Gene Studies in Canine Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Coco January 2002sml

We are no Longer breeding

No puppies planned. If you are looking for puppies in Australia, contact some breeders listed in the FAQ.

Hey, what type of dog is that?

This page is for people who are interested in Chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

When walking my dog in suburban Melbourne, I am asked what breed is she? - followed by "I've never seen a Labrador THAT Colour before".

Statistically black labradors are the norm and the yellow and chocolate colours are the rarity. There are 4 chances in 9 of being Black, 3 chances in 9 of being yellow, and 2 chances in 9 of being chocolate. The Coat Colour Genetics pages explain it all in great detail, including how to breed for Chocolate dogs and why the Chocolate coat colour occurs.

If you are considering a Labrador as a pet, keep doing your homework on the breed, and read "Are you really ready for a Labrador?"

How do Chocolate dogs come about? - Look at the genetics of breeding Chocolate Dogs to see how and why the Chocolate coat colour occurs.

Tree labradors

Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria Inc.

(Find Other States in the FAQ)

For Labrador information in Victoria, contact the Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria Inc. (New photos of each colour of puppy!)

Secretary: Mary Conheady - phone: (03) 9746 1331 - e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Puppyline:1900 931 099

The club puppy line number will give you a list of breeders phone numbers who have puppies for sale at the moment whose sire and dam have had hips x-rayed and scored and whose eyes have been checked for hereditary diseases within the last 12 months.

In New South Wales, the phone number for puppies is (02) 96521858

Make sure you ask about OCD in the elbows of any previous litters, and in the ancestors.

 Coco, an old friend and a new friend.

This is serious!

You know how chocolate in large quantities can be dangerous to a dogs health?

Well read on....

 Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from a chain store to use in their garden.

They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Chocolate companies from their waste stream , and they claim that 'It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the
dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog).
However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it.'

Snopes.com verifies this information. See their write-up at http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by large Chain and Garden supply stores, contains a lethal
ingredient called ' Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts
dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Theobromine is in
all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially
toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that
ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours
later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of