American Silver Labrador Retriever

Silver Labrador Retrievers Information

October 15, 2013 – 01:37 pm

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Silver Labrador Retrievers have an onging controversy surrounding them and If you've ever spend a good deal of time on a website devoted to dogs (like this one) you're probably well aware of this.

Silver Labrador Retrievers are a breed of Labrador Dog with a gray or silver coat, a color that has never been extremely common among Labradors. Because of this, some people state that no silver Labs are actually purebred, and are in fact a cross between a chocolate Lab and a Weimaraner, a dog that is actually recognized for its silver coat.

Through DNA testing, it has been determined that common modern Silver Labrador Retriever is in fact purebred, and the American Kennel Club has conceded this by recognizing them, but only as a shade of chocolate. In fact, no kennel club in the world officially recognizes silver labs all on their own.

In reality, the dog's breeding papers have to say chocolate for the dog to be official, and because of this they aren't technically worth more than any other Labrador Retriever.

You might be reading this because you're interested in getting some silver Labrador Retrievers for yourself, so remember that you shouldn't pay anything extra for a Labradors Silver. If a breeder tries to convince you to pay a lot more for one, look for another, more honest breeder.

So what actually gives silver Labs their shiny silver sheen? The color of a dog's coat is based on a cocktail of genes. Breeding works because most of these genes are passed onto any offspring, so breeding a golden Lab with another golden Lab will give you a unique mixture of each parent's genes. In that example, the pups will be golden 99% of the time.

Now, all dogs have the same genes, but the ones that become apparent, say in the color of the fur, and are actually active, they're “switched on” so to speak.

A specific gene known as the D gene is responsible for the dilution of more pure colors, namely black or chocolate. Because of the activation of this dilution gene, the dog will actually have a gray or slate blue coat rather than the deeper black or chocolate.

From ancestral records, all Silver Labradors alive today originated from one of two separate kennels. The prevailing theory is that these breeders discovered a slightly dilute pup, and continued to breed it into the color that it is today.


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The AKC Stand on Registration of Silver Labrador

The AKC Stand on Registration of Silver Labradors:
Response of Jack Norton of the AKC on 1/24/00 giving AKC official position on the issue of Silver Labs.
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

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