The Great Silver Labrador Retriever Controversy

September 19, 2014 – 03:25 pm

As a breed the Silver Labrador retriever is something of an enigma.

Commanding high prices and coveted by many owners other people in the canine world believe them to be artificially created hybrids and not a true Labrador at all.

The Labrador has been a favourite pet throughout the years to millions around the world.

With Labradors having a proven track record of doing more positive deeds without any terrible incidents surrounding them, it is unthinkable for controversy to revolve around this most wonderful of breeds.

Unfortunately, these breeds are under fire by some kennel clubs and groups, but they are not targeting the average Labrador; they are targeting the rare silver Labrador retriever.

These dogs are a rare Lab breed that are recognized as "variations of the chocolate Labrador".

It is similar to the charcoal Labradors that came from the black breeds.

The Silver Labrador is claimed to have all of the properties and traits as regular Labradors with their silver-coated fur as their core difference.

Silver Labrador Retriever

Officially, the three different colours of Labradors still stands at three - yellow, black, and brown (chocolate) and the controversy that surrounds these rather beautiful dogs is their origin and whether silver should be a recognized colour or not. Other colors that are not recognized are champagne and charcoal.

The controversy has its roots in the growing popularity of the chocolate Labradors, the variation that became so popular that the breeders of black and yellow labs witnessed a decline in owners wanting to buy their dogs.

Then one day it was discovered by the Crist Kulo Kennels in the United States that in order to produce silver Lab puppies, the parent must express the recessive chocolate genes as well as possess two recessive dilution alleles.

It was after that these silver Lab puppies were taken care of and grew up to be bred in hopes of producing more. Silver was a colour back then, but since the population of silver labs was small, they were all placed in the chocolate category instead.


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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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