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As an owner of Labrador Retrievers
since 1977 and a breeder of Labs since 1985, I stand with the rest
of the Labrador Retriever community against this false color. They
are NOT purebred Labradors and I hate that the breeders of such
animals are passing them off to the uneducated public as such.
Kelrobin Labradors, Reg'd- USA
Tintagel Winds Labradors, founded
in 1977, is firmly and vocally against any other “colours”
for Labradors other than Black, Yellow and Liver.
Felicity - France
Since my earliest childhood introduction
to this breed I have never known any existence of Dilute Labradors
(silver, charcoal or champagne). Carrying forward to present times
and the many years I have been involved with exhibiting and breeding
Labradors, I have never produced a dilute Labrador in my program.
The only dilute Labradors that I know of, come directly from a "Certain
American Kennel" and one that used to advertise the sale of
both Labradors and Weimaraners in a hunting dog Magazine many years
ago. Is this feasible to say that the dilute gene that is in fact
carried by Weimaraners just "magically" showed up in Labradors
and all go back to this "certain American kennel"? Is
it not odd that most of these Dilute Labradors look so much more
like Weimaraners than Labradors? Why before this Kennel in the United
States has there never been a case reported of a "silver, charcoal
or champagne" Labrador? I support only the three officially
recognized colors. Black, Yellow and Chocolate (Liver).
Ashland Labradors - USA
Fouling the Labrador gene pool with
mutts carrying the dd-gene is the worst thing that could happen
to the Labrador Retriever breed. I will do all I can to warn breeders
and puppy buyers for so-called 'silver', 'champagne' and 'charcoal'
Labs. I will name and shame the breeders of these mutts.
Jack Vanderwyk, LabradorNet
As a breeder of Labrador Retrievers
for home , field and show , I recognize only 3 colors of Labrador
Retrievers, Black ,Yellow and Chocolate. I do not feel that silver
is a variation of chocolate and it is an absolute disqualification
on color. Please don't be duped into buying a rare color, it is
a sad mix of different breeds being crossed years ago.
Sight to Sea Labradors - USA
Though I may have only been involved
with the Labrador Retriever breed for two years, I firmly stand
against the so-called silver "Labrador". It is against
the standard and in no way should it be bred upon or perpetuated.
Travis Scarlett - USA
Since 1969 having Labradors, started
breeding in 1974, my first boy was a fox red , just called a dark
yellow then .. we breed all 3 colors ... and will continue to do
so .. please keep our breed clean from silver, charcoals and whatever
color they have and/or will come up with in the future! Stick to
the STANDARD= Yellow, Black,Chocolate!
Sylvia Liebrechts van Peursem
Silronrays Labradors - France
Silver Labradors are a myth and
have never been known to occur naturally in the breed. Every Labrador
owner and breeder needs to be aware of the threat that these designer
dogs pose to the pedigree gene pool of the Labrador Retriever. Along
with the silver colour comes lifelong and debilitating skin conditions
such as colour dilution alopecia. Buyers beware.
Labradors NZ - New Zealand
The National Labrador Retriever Club endorses the
FCI Standard for our beloved Labrador Retriever:
"The Federation Cynologique
Internationale (FCI) is the World Canine Organization. Eighty countries
throughout the world are part of this organization (the United States
of America is not among them). The FCI recognizes 330 breeds. Each
of them is the "property" of a specific country. The "owner"
countries of the breeds write the standard of these breeds (description
of the ideal type of the breed) which all member countries use as
their breed standard and the reference on which their judges base
themselves when judging shows held in FCI member countries.
COLOUR: Wholly black, yellow or
liver/chocolate. Yellows range from light cream to red fox. Small
white spot on chest permissible."
Rebecca Montgomery Bailey
Vice President of The National Labrador Retriever Club
Tarrah Labradors, Reg'd. - USA
I strongly disagree to registering
"silvers/dilutes" as Labrador Retrievers with the AKC.
The Standard set by The Labrador Retriever Club --
The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate.
Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification.
A small white spot on the chest is permissible, but not desirable.
White hairs from aging or scarring are not to be misinterpreted
as brindling. Black - Blacks are all black. A black with brindle
markings or a black with tan markings is a disqualification. Yellow
- Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations
in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog. Chocolate
- Chocolates can vary in shade from light to dark chocolate. Chocolate
with brindle or tan markings is a disqualification.
Visage Labradors - USA
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