Black Labradors are the most commonly found colour, but it’s not necessarily down to their owners colour preference. Genetics dictate that far larger quantities of black Labradors are born than yellow or chocolate Labradors.
This is because the gene for the black colour is dominant. A Labrador will only have a chocolate coat colour if he doesn’t have the black gene. And he can only have the black coloration ‘switched off’ in the presence of two yellow genes.
Sound complicated? Take a look at our colour inheritance article for an easy way to understand coat genetics in Labradors. We even give you some handy charts to help you work out the likelihood of Labrador puppies having black coats given different coloured parental combinations.