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Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby Griffdom » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:48 am

On average, do you guys think there is much difference in heat tolerance between Black and Brown dogs of the same breed? I thought you lab folk would have some opinions or personal experience on the matter. I am first pick on a pudelpointer litter and will be finalizing the pick soon. I have a brown and a black pup I have picked out as my favorite two. Thanks for your thoughts. I want personal observations or experiences not theories. I already know that darker colors absorb more heat, but both colors are dark so I wasn't sure if there would be much real world difference.
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby Dakota Creek » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:14 pm

With our labs ..... the black ones migrate towards any sun to lay and bake and bake and bake, while the yellows may spend a bit of time laying in the sun and then head to the shade for the rest of the day! Go figure?? :smile:
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby i_willie12 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:15 pm

black and brown.. probably no big differance! Normally in shape dogs dont have heat issues Color not the issue, conditions, training, and dog shape etc.. Are :thumbsup:
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:27 pm

It's my understanding that coat density varies considerably in PPs, and I'd think that the greater determinant. Know the lightest deadgrass of my four Chesapeakes was much less heat tolerant than the one brown one I've owned, presumably because he had an appreciably denser coat.
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby Griffdom » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:51 pm

Rick Hall wrote:It's my understanding that coat density varies considerably in PPs, and I'd think that the greater determinant. Know the lightest deadgrass of my four Chesapeakes was much less heat tolerant than the one brown one I've owned, presumably because he had an appreciably denser coat.

Thanks, something to definitely consider. I live in Oklahoma and it can get pretty hot, yet a bit cold in the winter as well. So, I have to pick my poison on this one I guess.

Thanks to the others who have posted too. Others thoughts would be appreciated as well.
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby ScaupHunter » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:07 pm

My Brown pup has a very light coat for a lab. She loves to bask in the sun soaking up the rays for hours.
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby Griffdom » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:04 pm

With all due respect I'm more referring to heat tolerance while hunting upland or during exercise, not while sitting or laying around in the sun.
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby BlkonBlkRS3 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:41 am

Griffdom wrote:
Rick Hall wrote:It's my understanding that coat density varies considerably in PPs, and I'd think that the greater determinant. Know the lightest deadgrass of my four Chesapeakes was much less heat tolerant than the one brown one I've owned, presumably because he had an appreciably denser coat.

Thanks, something to definitely consider. I live in Oklahoma and it can get pretty hot, yet a bit cold in the winter as well. So, I have to pick my poison on this one I guess.

Thanks to the others who have posted too. Others thoughts would be appreciated as well.



Griffdom: what part of Oklahoma are you in? I am in the Owasso area and you are right, the temps here are rediculous. When dove season roles around it is still 100 degrees plus. We usually rotate out dogs because no matter the color they get worn down pretty quick (black, brown, and yellow).
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Re: Color and Heat Tolerance

Postby ScaupHunter » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:20 am

Dogs are naturally cold weather animals. 100 degrees and working a dog hard is a recipe for heat stroke. No dog was made to run and work hard in those temperatures. It is hard enough for humans who sweat to disperse heat.

I can run my CLF hard in 75 to 80 degree weather with lots of water breaks and having plenty of water in the truck to pour slowly over her body during breaks in the hunts. We shorten the hunts dramatically when it gets over 85 and do a lot more cooling sessions. Once it cracks 90 degrees we hunt early and late in the day to avoid the heat.
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