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    Seems that I saw something about a ring around the tail of a lab...this one yellow in particular......anyway, can't find anything on the search, so here goes...anyone have any info on a yellow having a white/lighter ring about mid shaft around the tail.....just developed within the last week(4 1/2 months old).

    Thanks in advance for any info...
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    My chocolate lab had a white mark on his tail -- not really white, but a lighter patch that looked like a ring. It has since disappeared. I think this is pretty common or so I read somewhere.

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    Our chockies and now our blacks all had light rings around their tails, so I guess the yellows would too, you just can't notice it as well.. the rings disappeared as the got older...interesting to know where it came from..
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    Seems like it's showing up more and more. Helen Warwick noted that it occurred more in Labs from relatively recent English decent.
    Here's some limited information on it.
    http://labbies.com/genetics2.htm#TailRing

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    There is a gland about 2 to 2 1/2 inches south of the butt on some Labs that causes the ring, most noticeable when wet. I cannot document this for sure, but I have seen it on many of our Chocolates. It has usually gone away with time. Bill
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    Usually if you pluck one of these hairs you will notice the 1/2 of the hair closest to the dog is white and the other half is the color of the dog. Dog that I have had/seen with this have had this their entire life (after they reach 2-3 months old -I don't remember them being born like that) . Usually when they get wet you will notice it (at least I have) or if you brush the tail hairs backwards with your hand. I believe it has been around forever.

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    My choco has this as well. Pluck one of the hairs and the base is white and the top is brown. She's almost 3 and still has the white hairs.

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    My Cosmo bitch had a white spot below the base of her tail when she was young. It went away with time.

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