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While only in the breed since 2001,
I feel that I have done quite a bit of research over the years on
the history of our beloved breed, the Labrador Retriever. In none
of my readings have I ever come across evidence to support that
our Labs carry the dilute gene nor that "silver" labs
are something that "has always been in" our breed. As
a breeder, exhibitor and owner of Chocolate Labradors, I support
the three traditional colors of the original Labrador Retriever
Canyon Labradors - USA
CAVEAT EMPTOR – buyer beware
of the so called Silver Labradors and the breeders that are trying
to market a mix breed/mutt as a Pure Bred Labrador. ANYONE that
uses words such as rare or unique to sell dogs is pulling the wool
over your eyes and charging you way too much for something that
is nothing more than a mixed breed dog. The Labrador Retriever Breed
Standard (AKC, CKC and FCI) clearly states Labradors are Chocolate/Liver,
Yellow (from light cream to fox red) and Black ONLY. I have never
in over 20 years of loving Labradors seen or heard of a Reputable
Breeder producing any silver or dilute puppies.
Breezeline Labradors - Canada
Simply read the labrador standard
- COAT & COLOR:
The coat is a very distinctive feature; it should be short, very
dense and without wave, and should give a fairly hard feeling to
the hand. The colours are black, yellow, or chocolate and are evaluated
as follows:(a) Blacks All black, with a small white spot on chest
permissible. Eyes to be of medium size, expressing intelligence
and good temper, preferably brown or hazel, although black or yellow
is permissible.(b) YellowsYellow may vary in colour from fox-red
to light cream with variations in the shading of the coat on ears,
the underparts of the dog, or beneath the tail. A small white spot
on chest is permissible. Eye colouring and expression should be
the same as that of the blacks, with black or dark brown eye rims.
The nose should also be black or dark brown, although fading to
pink in the winter weather is not serious.(c) ChocolatesShades ranging
from light sedge to chocolate. A small white spot on chest is permissible.
Eyes to be light brown to clear yellows. Nose and eye rim pigmentation
dark brown or liver coloured. Fading to pink in winter weather not
Erlastyn Kennels - Canada
It is our personal opinion that
only Black, Yellow and Chocolate are authentic Labrador colours.
If others colours are a "dilute" or a "throw back"
why have they never been seen in any "known" sucessful
kennel? These kennels admit having the occassional "brindle",
or marked puppy/dog so why wouldn't they turn up there?
I have had quite a few chocolate choclate litter and if I was warned
once that the lines I bred could carry "silver", well
I didn't get any and the colour testing I did prior showed no indication
of that being true.
Anyother colour apart from Black
Yellow or Chocolate are crosses and they should be treated so. These
poor puppies can do nothing about being bred so, the irresponsible
"breeders" and the either not knowing or not wanting to
know buyers should refuse to pay these horrendous prices and pay
the price that would be fair for a mixed breed puppy almost nothing,
then this stupidy would stop!
Vanessa Edwins & Peter Killian
Scarleys and Of Poet's Corner Labradors - Ireland and Germany
I am opposed to any dog that carries
the dilute gene being registered as a Labrador Retriever. I believe
the dilute gene was introduced by the cross breeding of Labradors
to Weimaraners. Dogs that carry the dilute gene for silver are not
purebred Labradors and the dilute gene is NOT recessive to Chocolate.
I am opposed to the dilute dogs being registered with any "Primary
Registry Body for Purebred Dogs" as Chocolate.
Labrador Breed Clubs around the
world oppose the purposeful breeding for this color.
Coat and Color Labrador Retriever Breed Standard in Canada:
"The coat is a very distinctive feature; it should be short,
very dense and without wave, and should give a fairly hard feeling
to the hand. The colors are black, yellow, or chocolate."
The Labrador Retriever Club of Canada
Code of Ethics:
"Maintain the original purpose of the Labrador Retriever as
a retriever, breeding only from sound dogs of good temperament who
exemplify the breed standard and are able to represent the breed
for conformation in the ring, in the field as a willing worker,
and/or as a hunting companion."
Statement from the Labrador Retriever
Club of Canada:
"Silvers are not a breed standard recognized color for the
I believe that people breeding for
these Silver Dogs are the latest craze in designer dog profiteers.
The best interest of the Purebred Labrador Retriever is not respected,
but the use of the word Labrador is advantageous to their puppy
CanoeCove Labradors - Canada
I have been around Labradors most
of my life, but have owned and bred them since 1992. I have participated
in conformation, obedience, rally, agility and hunt test. I have
a certified Therapy Dog that is a Champion in AKC and UKC and is
certified by Red Cross to visit shelters.
It is very upsetting that people
are using unscrupulous tactics and “buzz words” to dupe
puppy buyers. I was told by someone that purchased a “silver”
that his dog was more of a true Labrador that mine that I have 8-10
generations of pedigrees for. These people often charge a premium
for their “rare” Labradors. The DNA evidence shows that
there is a DD gene in silvers, which does not exist in Labradors,
but does in Weimaraners.
There are three colors – Black,
Yellow (shades from light cream to dark fox red) and Chocolate.
Fullmoon Labradors - USA
There is no basis for dilute colors
of purebred Labrador throughout the history of the breed. All reputable
Kennel Clubs, in the World and throughout history acknowledge only
three colors within the Labrador standard: Chocolate, Black, and
Yellow. It is not responsible, nor reputable to produce Labradors
outside of the breed standard, or worse, to select for these non
standard traits, and colors. I am against the practice of registering
dilutes as purebred Labrador Retrievers.
Shelquin Labradors - USA
When a reputable breeder chooses
to produce a litter it is done with great thought. A lot of hard
work, time, energy and love goes into producing a healthy, sound
litter that meets the standard for the Labrador Retriever. In my
opinion, anyone breeding for a disqualifying trait, such as silver,
is only doing so to dupe the public into believing they are getting
something "rare" or "Unique." Black, yellow
(ranging from light cream to fox red) and chocolate are the only
recognized colors according to the standard.
Lisa Jenkins - USA
There is no history of the dilution
factor in the Labrador breed; pedigrees that contain or produce
dilute colored dogs have been falsified. Reputable breeders produce
only the 3 accepted and registerable colors - Black, Chocolate,
BestWest Labradors Reg'd - Canada
I won't repeat the information from
the Breed Standards of both Canada and the USA regarding colour.
Many other Breeders have more than adequately done so here. To those
people attempting to educate themselves before buying, I can only
suggest you listen to the many knowledgeable Breeders and Fanciers
of our beloved Breed.
Labrador Retrievers, Blacks, Yellows, Chocolates.
Long Live the Labrador!!!
Staghorn Reg'd Labradors - Canada
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