"Fox Red Labradors "
History of the shade
A Big Thank you To Gregg Tonkin for writting this on Foxreds.
I have added to this page to continue on with all the new and continued information on our present
Foxred is not a separate color of the Labrador but only a shade of yellow. In the early years of the breed
development, foxred or dark yellow was the original yellow shade of Labrador Retriever. The original yellows
were in fact calle dGolden until the British Kennel Club came to register them. They argued that "gold" was
not a colour, so yellow they became. One has to only look at the first yellow Labrador ever recorded, Ben of
Hyde in 1899 sired by Major Radclyffe's "Neptune" our of Lord Winborne'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.
As the years went on, the lighter Labradors became far more popular and people have
lost sight of the true origin of the color. Even today, it seems the lighter the shade of
yellow, the better. Some "so called breeders" are now advertising White Labradors
when in fact there is no such thing within our breed standards. They are following the
trail of the lighter the better. Due to the lack of interested and popularity of the
darkest shade of yellow in the Labrador standard, it had all but disappeared.
Two breeders from the UK, John and Glenda Crook of Balrion and MAc Bedford of
Wynfaul labradors had always had an interest in dark yellows. It was this interest that led
to the rebirth of the foxred. The Crook's owned one of the most famous Labradors of all
CH Balrion King Frost. In his litters he seemed always to produce very dark yellows. It
was one of his granddaughters that produced the great CH Wynfaul Tabasco, the father
of the modern foxred Labrador. Not only was he a stunning red dog but he had excellent
conformation. He became the only modern foxred Show Champion in the UK. Just as a
note: Tobasco, if you went far enough back, is decended from the last Dual Champion in
Great Britain, Knaith Benjo.
The next step, again bringing in CH Balrion King Frost, was a
breeding with Wynfaul Tabasco to Lady Bountiful of Balrion, herself
a very dark yellow girl, daughter of Show Ch Balrion Kings Ransom
who was a son of King Frost. The resulting litter was all foxred
proving the Crook's theory of foxred to foxred will produce all
foxred puppies. Within this litter there was a red boy puppy sold to
Sally Kelly of Kelleygreen Labradors in the United States, Balrion
Red Alert
Sally Kelleygreen, through her big red import, Red Alert, has done alot
in the past to bring the color back. In most all foxred pedigrees of
today, a little research will show this dog Balrion Red Alert in the
pedigree multiple times.
Sally then purchased from Dot Calvin of Hennings Mill
Labradors, a foxred girl. Hennings Mill Kelleygreen
Henna show went back to King Frost again through her
dad, CH Scartho Frost. Sally bred her to Red Alert which
resulted in an all foxred litter. Within the litter, another
special boy appeared, Kelleygreen Kardinal. Many of
today's foxred Labradors can look back in the pedigree
and see Kardinal in their 3rd, 4th, 5th plus generations
Another dog, while not particularly famous himself, passed his influences on into
the red bitch lines of both Kelleygreen and Keepsake, was the foxred Scrimshaw
Placido Flamingo. Tenor as bred by Barbara Barfield of Scrimshaw Labradors,
sired by CH Scrimshaw Duckless Fairbanks and the grandson of the very famous
CH Lindall Mastercraft. Tenor inherited the foxred shade from both sides of this
pedigree, his grandfather, English Field Champion Venture of Brattonsplash and
while his mom was a dark yellow she had the red shade as well behind her. Tenor
passed the foxred "C" allele on to his offsprings, When bred to Kelleygreen's
Lady in Red, they produced Keepsake's I Love Lucy, dam of CH Keepsake's
Cajun. Not only did he give his shade to his descendants but also his wonderful laid
back temperament. This big red dog was everything a Labrador should be, a true
gentleman in every sense of the word.
So looking back over the history of the foxred shade from Ben of Hyde through today, one might argue that CH Balrion King Frost has
had the biggest influence in the re-development of the foxred shade. Each step of the way from Wynfaul Tobasco through Kelleygreen's
Kardinal, King Frost certainly had a major influence in the pedigree. We are thinking in the coming years, our boy Elkens Setting The
World on Fire "Arson" will put his mark on the coming generations of foxred Labradors not only in America but all over the world. As
CH Elkens Fire Dancer has done by becoming the First Foxred bitch to ever finish an AKC Championship in the history of the breed!  
Soon Elkens Labradors will add a 2nd foxred bitch Champion to her kennel, Elkens She's A Hottie "Hotsie" only needs one more major
to finish her AKC Championship.  Full sister to Hotsie is
CH Elkens Miss Bella, Bella finished her AKC Championship out of the BBE (Bred By Exebitor) Classes.
Ben of Hyde in 1899
CH Wynfaul Tobasco
"King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
with their dark yellow labrador in 1920's
CH Balrion King Frost
Balrion Red Alert
Kelleygreens Kardinal
CH Balrion King Frost
Click here to see Foxreds of the present time
Foxred puppies of Elkens