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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 breed ONLY.

Jen Cordero
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.

Julie Ellis
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 serious.

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 Labrador Retriever"

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 sales.

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.

Kaye Stevenson
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.

Shelley Ellison
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, and Yellow.

Darla Mayer
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!!!

Linda Wyatt-deGroot
Staghorn Reg'd Labradors - Canada







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