I have a purebred yellow labrador retriever who is about eight months old. When he was little, his paw-pads were black. Maybe not coal-black, but they were definitely dark. Now, his paw pads are a pinkish, neutral color that sort of matches his hair color. Well, not the same color as the hair, but it's not a contrasting color. Are your lab's paws this way? I guess I had expected them to stay dark. Or something...not really this color. His eye rims are dark brown, near black, and his nose is black, though a little bit on the top of it has turned lighter during the winter.