We have all 3 Labrador Retriever colors… yellow, black, and chocolate; with there being 3 generations. Now, we have a silver Lab puppy….we are so blessed! If you don’t know, a Labrador is such a great family dog. It’s been the most popular dog breed for the last 28 years. Especially in the United States.
The true colors of the Labrador Retriever.
Did you know there is only Yellow, Black and Chocolate Labrador recognized by The Kennel Club. A Silver Lab is actually a pale chocolate. They are also not permitted in the show ring.
Originating in NewFoundland in the 1500’s. The first Labrador Retrievers became popular as gundogs around the 1800’s and were mostly black. Yellow and chocolate were first recorded in the late 1800’s but the silver lab not until the 1950’s.
What causes the silver lab?
Silver Labradors are one of the most controversial topics being discussed within the dog community currently today.
The silver color comes from the chocolate lab having 2 “little d” genes (dd). This is a dilute gene and not just confined to just chocolates. When a yellow lab has the dd genes it is called a champagne color and for the black it’s called a charcoal color. Having just one of the gene won’t change the coat but they are still a carrier and can pass the gene on to offspring. And big D always overrides little d. This means that a Labrador needs two copies of the dilute gene in order to have dilute fur. So Silver Lab puppies are not as common, but more and more people are interested because their color is awesome! Therefore they are often more expensive.
Can you register a Silver Labrador with the AKC?
The breeder we bought Lacy from stated he was trying to get the silver color added to the AKC as a registered color by writing it on her registration papers, so maybe down the road it will be. We registered her like that but it came back with “Chocolate Labrador Retriever” on the papers.
Some long time established Labrador Retriever breeders state they feel these silver dogs to be a disaster for the breed. Although acceptance seems to be growing steadily.
Still many Labrador owners (like me) across the world have fallen in love with them.
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