Silver Labrador Retrievers Minnesota

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc

July 17, 2014 – 04:14 am

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The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. encourages the use of all validated diagnostic modalities for the detection of inherited genetic problems in the Labrador Retriever Club. The Labrador Retriever Club support the use of OFA Data Bases, Penn Hip, CERF and other individual tests such as the test for CNM1, the Optigen tests for the prcd form of PRA in the Labrador Retriever, and the new test for EIC.

The Optigen test, while a valid and worthwhile test, is not a substitute for the CERF examination. The Labrador Retriever Club continues to recommend annual CERF examinations in all breeding Labradors. Inclusion in the CHIC program requires examination for hips, elbow and eyes with open disclosure of the results. Additional testing is encouraged but is not required for a CHIC certificate to be issued.

Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)

I am pleased to announce that Erika Werne from the AKC Canine Health Foundation has confirmed to me that the gene has been found for EIC.

The researchers have applied for a patent and will be offering a commercial test soon. Hopefully this test will be priced in the same price area as the test for CNM($65.00).

The University of Minnesota who will initially offer the test does not have a website regarding this opportunity but hopes to by March of 2008.

I have approved an article describing this test written by Lee Foote which will appear in the AKC Gazette (April).

As a group we should take pride in the fact that we financially supported this research. Obviously additional reserach dollars are not needed for this work so I will continue to review other proposals.

Fran Smith DVM, LRC Genetics Defects Committee

A test to determine EIC clear, affected or carrier Labrador Retrievers should be available at the University of Minnesota by May or June of 2008.

Research Funding

The following grant proposals have been reviewed and approved for funding from our donor advised fund at the Canine health Foundation. Total money deducted from our donor advised fund will be $24, 500.


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Terms such as "golden", "silver", "blue", "white" or "grey" as variants are not recognised. The term "Golden Labrador" has been used both as an incorrect term for yellow labradors of a golden shade,[26] and also for any Labrador-Golden Retriever crossbreed of any colour, including black.[27] White is a light shade of yellow (officially referred to as 'light cream' or 'pale yellow' in the standard),[10][28][29] and silver is either not recognised or registered as chocolate (though regarded as a major fault and not up to confirmation).[20][10] Claims that some "rare" variants exist or have been verified by DNA testing, or the like, are widely considered to be a 'scam'.[10][30]

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