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Although dark coat color in dogs has been theorized as a risk factor for thermal stress, there is little evidence in the scientific literature to support that position. We utilized 16 non-conditioned Labradors (8 black and 8 yellow) in a three-phase test to examine effects of coat color on thermal status of the dog. Rectal, gastrointestinal (GI), surface temperature, and respiration rate measured in breaths per minute (bpm), were collected prior to (Baseline — phase 1) and immediately after adoi:10.1101/639757 fatcat:pjuj5snkkfh6dafb4uekntb2jy