There is no such thing as a Silver Labrador!

by Grace McDonald
(Redsky Kennels Perm Reg'd, Dugald, Manitoba, Canada)

I have bred 55 litters since 1965 and finished many championship, obedience degrees and field degrees.

My kennel name "Redsky" is permanently registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. I have judged obedience trials for 30 years.

Our breed goes back to the 1800's and the standard for the breed has always been the same, that is Retriever Labradors come in three colours, Black, Yellow, and Chocolate.

Never were there silver labs, never will there be silver labs.

We as breeders are dedicated to keeping our breed free of mixes , mongrels, cross breeds and mutts.

There is no such thing as a Labradoodle, it is a mix breed or a cross breed.

There is no such thing as a silver Lab it is likely a cross between a Weimeraner and perhaps a lab.

Keep it simple, a mix is a mix is a mix! A scam is a scam.

Even in this article it is mentioned they are rare therefore expensive! Mongrels are not rare and are available at your local shelter for $100.

A scam is a scam, whether is it creating mongrel crosses like supposed Labradoodles or supposed silver coloured labs.

A scam is a scam!!

Ian's response:-

I think that you will find that the article does not say that silver labs are rare and therefore expensive, in fact in says the exact opposite. What it in fact says, is that if you are offered a silver Lab as a rare and therefore expensive breed do not be fooled as this is simply not the truth.

As for the Labradoodle, they are becoming more and more popular by the day.

You are perfectly correct in the fact that they are not recognized as a breed on their own by kennel unions around the world. But that may change in the near future.

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Oct 20, 2012
Silver Labs cont...
by: Anonymous

The Official position of the AKC on Silver Labradors:
March 24, 2000

The registry of the American Kennel Club is based on parentage and not the coat color of a member of any breed.

"In 1987 the AKC, in corporation with the Labrador Retriever Club of America, conducted an inquiry into the breeding of litters that contained members that were registered as silver. An AKC representative was sent to observe these dogs. The report and color photographs of these dogs were reviewed by AKC staff and representatives of the Labrador Retriever Club of America. Both Parties were satisfied that there was no reason to doubt that the dogs were purebred Labrador Retrievers, however they felt that the dogs were incorrectly registered as silver. Since the breed standard at the time described chocolate as ranging in shade form sedge to chocolate, it was felt that the dogs could more accurately be described as chocolate rather than silver." (Robert Young, AKC)
This remains the current policy of the American Kennel Club.

Policy of Registering Dilute Labrador Retrievers:
Labrador Retrievers that express the dilution gene (dd) are recognized and registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) based on their foundation genetic colors, Black, Yellow, or Chocolate.
Labradors that are descriptively called “Silver” are registered as their base genetic color Chocolate.
Labradors that are descriptively called “Charcoal” are registered as their base genetic color Black.
Labradors that are descriptively called “Champagne” are registered as their base genetic color Yellow.
The policy of registering dilute shades of the breed standard-described colors was established after a joint investigation by the AKC and Labrador Retriever Club of America (LRC) in the 1980’s, wherein breed purity of “Silver” Labradors was also confirmed.


Oct 20, 2012
Silver Labs
by: Anonymous

Silver Labradors are chocolate Labradors that possess two copies of a recessive allele affecting coat color. The gene is called the "D" gene, or dilution gene. Labradors can have one of the following combinations of the "D" gene: DD full pigmentation not carrying dilution, Dd full pigmentation carrying the dilution gene, and dd dilute pigmentation. Both DD and Dd dogs would the commonly seen darker chocolate. A dd dog would appear silver in color. The dilution gene also affects black and yellow labs; dilute blacks are called charcoal and dilute yellows are called champagne.

There are many theories as to how the dilution gene was introduced to the Labrador Retriever. It could have occurred during the breed's development, when many different breeds of dogs were crossed over time to produce the current day Labrador Retriever. The most common theory of breed origin is that Labrador Retrievers descended from the St. John's Dog. Another common theory is that he gene was introduced through outcrossing, or breeding in other breeds. Breed records indicate that other breeds were introduced to the Labrador Retriever to enhance certain qualities. Some of these breeds include: Newfoundland, Chesapeake, Whippet, Old English Sheep Dog, Whippet, Flat Coated Retriever, Rottweiler, Chow and Doberman. Several of these breeds also carry the dilute gene.

Opponents of the silver Lab claim that a chocolate Lab was crossed with a Weimaraner, and the puppies registered by falsely using another chocolate Lab's papers as the sire. However, such a breeding would not produce a silver colored puppy unless the dam carried the dilution gene. An AKC investigation into this claim, referring to a specific breeder, was completed and found to have no basis.


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