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Old 06-23-2012, 11:23 PM
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I met a dog tonight I have never seen or heard of before!

It was an Silver Lab pup, the owner explained the breeder told them it was a genetic variance on the Chocolate Lab and though they are registered as Chocolates and can't be shown they are a true lab ( He was actually a very nicely structured dog and stunning to look at )

I have honestly never heard of it, or seen one...
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:26 PM
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I've heard of it, and some people breed for them. Sort of like Blue in Dobes, I suppose. I've heard they can be quite susceptible to skin issues and allergies.
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Reputable Labrador people don't feel the same way about silver Labs. They are kind of like merle APBTs.

http://www.blueknightlabs.com/content/view/70/109/
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Reputable Labrador people don't feel the same way about silver Labs. They are kind of like merle APBTs.

http://www.blueknightlabs.com/content/view/70/109/
Reading it it sounded to me like how the specific breeder in the OP described it? Maybe they used less detail..
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According to the Lab Breeders I know, "silver labs" were created by breeding in Weims.
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According to the Lab Breeders I know, "silver labs" were created by breeding in Weims.
I thought I had heard that, too. Don't know where, though.



Funny that this thread should pop up, though. I was with a friend and we saw a silver lab puppy. She was like, "oh, what a cute chocolate lab" and the owner got really offended.
It looked like a light shade of brown, though, and I was thinking the same thing as my friend.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:23 AM
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Here's a thread on a lab forum I am on that has info about them.
http://www.lab-retriever.net/board/f...labradors.html
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:16 AM
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Silver labs are very controversial. From what I understand, the "silver lab" lines tend to be able to be traced back to kennels that also bred and kept Weims.

I think they are beautiful dogs, and would own a rescue if I came upon that right one. However, pretty much everyone breeding them are BYBs (silver is NOT going to end up being accepted as a lab color no matter what the "silver" breeders say), and God knows the last thing the breed needs is MORE backyard breeders.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:45 AM
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The first link sounded pretty credible, UNTIL it said that chocolate labs who were d/d would be blue/grey... Which is NOT true. They would be silver. Blue/grey is the d/d (dilute) of black, and genetically liver (chocolate) dogs CANNOT have any blue/grey in their coat.

"Silver" (as I've seen it in these so called Labs) IS a chocolate dilute.

What I don't know is if it is a mutation naturally occurring in labs, or if it is from introducing a breed that is diluted, like Weims.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:52 AM
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Well, it seems to have not cropped up in international lab populations, but seems to have originated from the states. That's the argument I see against it being something that just pops up in purebred labs. Some of these breeders are also breeding "blue" labs.
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