Is Silver One of the Colors of the Labrador Retriever Dog Breed?

Is it acceptable that a Labrador Retriever has a coat of silver or black with some markings on it? I have seen these colors in a few dogs I perceived to be Labradors but I’m not quite sure.

Greying on an aging black Lab is acceptable. So-called "silver" Labs is NOT an accepted color and usually denotes a mis-breeding with a Weim somewhere back in the dog’s ancestry.

http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/silverlabs.html

13 Responses to “Is Silver One of the Colors of the Labrador Retriever Dog Breed?”

  1. Lizzie says:

    The AKC recognizes Labrador retrievers in black, chocolate and yellow, ONLY. I guess you saw some mixed breed dogs.
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  2. Animal Artwork & Arctic Eyes says:

    Greying on an aging black Lab is acceptable. So-called "silver" Labs is NOT an accepted color and usually denotes a mis-breeding with a Weim somewhere back in the dog’s ancestry.

    http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/silverlabs.html
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  3. Bri says:

    NO! Lab come in pure black, chocolate, or yellow. With no markings or silver. They could have possible have been mixes there are lots of lab mixes.
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  4. MamaBas says:

    If you Google Silver Labs, you should find a very interesting article about Silver Labs on there. It’s not an recognised colour, certainly not in the UK, and obviously from previous answers, nor in the States. But there are some being bred.
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  5. Alexa says:

    Its not a recognised colour but it does exist and is thought to be the result of some dodgy breeding I think. Its more likely that the dogs you saw were Weimariners or lab/weim mixes.
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  6. kittykat says:

    That is not a color for a lab. You might be seeing lab mixes that have those markings.
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  7. DEBunker says:

    The BREED STANDARD(go read it) calls for yellow,black or chocolate=period.
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  8. CHAO§: BB~ Puppy Group 1st!!!! says:

    No it is not an acceptable color. They are registrable as chocolate though to the dismay of the national breed club. There is no genetic basis for the dilution gene in labradors, which means some serious cross breeding happened. All these "silver" labs can be traced back to one or two kennels that coincidently also had weimaraners.

    Now I know a weim when I see it, and those imposter labs have weim in them, it is easy to see if you just look hard enough.

    Supporters of this genetic anomaly will hit you with the AKC did dna tests and they prove that it is pure crap don’t believe a word of it as the results of any test done were inconclusive.
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  9. ? La vita è misteriosa ? says:

    Nope.

    Someone generations back bred a Weimaraner with a lab and falsified the papers for the litter as being sired by a lab. The result is a bunch of snipey-nosed silver "labradors" that SOOO obviously have Weim in them that it’s not even funny - and completely obvious to anyone with half a brain. Not saying that YOU have half a brain - rather that so many people can really be duped into buying a mutt with a fake moniker for lots of $$$.

    Selfish, evil breeders of these mutts will tell you otherwise, of course.
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  10. Erica - So many bunny huggers, so little time! says:

    No, silver is NOT an accepted color by either the AKC, or the Labrador Retriever parent club. Not sure about the UKC, but I don’t think so. Silver labs can be traced back to a couple lab breeders that just so happened to have Weimaraners, too. You do the math. They then forged the papers, stated that a lab had sired the litter, because there was no DNA testing back then. Someone just came out, looked at the pups, etc… and more or less took the breeder’s word for it. Many will tell you that DNA testing done by the AKC has proved these dogs as all labs. ALL DNA testing does, is determine the sire of a pup or litter. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s been proven that labs do NOT carry a dilute gene, therefore can NOT produce a dilute color such as silver. They can produce yellow, black and chocolate (yellow and chocolate do have some various shades though).

    This is the AKC’s standard (which goes off of the parent club’s standard) for coat coloring in the Labrador Retriever:

    "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."
    http://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/

    Just to emphasize the point, here’s what The Labrador Retriever Club says about coloring, etc…
    "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. "
    http://www.thelabradorclub.com/subpages/show_contents.php?page=Breed+Standard

    Note how the LRC and the AKC have pretty much the EXACT same statements for colors.
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  11. Bare Nekkid TRUTH! says:

    the ONLY colors that purebred labs come in is Chocolate, Yellow, and black.

    "silver" is a result of introducing the dilution gene from breeding weims into the mix.. "silver" labs are not purebred labs!
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  12. Kaper says:

    The Woodhaven article someone linked is great, but I recently found this one too. Definitely worth a read.
    http://www.blueknightlabs.com/content/view/70/109/

    The accepted colors for a Lab is yellow, chocolate or black.

    A few decades back, a silver lab showed up. There are theories that the Lab came from a kennel that had both Labs and Weimaraners and it is believe the dog was a mix.

    At the time, the puppy registration form had for options for color, black, yellow, chocolate and other. These dogs were registered under the other.

    When the AKC began to investigate this new color, there was no genetic testing. They based their decisions on pictures, observing living specimens and pedigrees. They believed the silver was caused by a diluations gene, and considered it a dilutation of chocolate. Silver has since been registered as chocolate.

    Now, we have the ability to test for genetics. It has since been learned there is no genetic basis for the dilutation gene in Labs.
    Here is the vet-gen site that shows the color markers for Labs
    http://www.vetgen.com/canine-coat-color.html

    The breed club (the ones who set the standard) are opposed to the registration of silver as chocolate and maintain there is no genetic basis for it in Labs. But since, the practice of registering them is already in place, there is nothing they can do.

    Genetic testing can prove that the diluation gene should not exist in labs, but cannot prove a dog is purebred or not, particularly if the gene was introduced several generations back.

    Now, Labs can be born with mismarkings. Black and tan (like a rottie), brindle, or various others. These are still purebred labs, but mismarked. The silver is NOT a mismark.

    As for black with some markings, the only acceptable ones are white patches on the chest and heels.
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  13. Czareena says:

    Solid black, yellow, or chocolate are the standard colors. The silver Labrador is not considered part of the breed standard and is a genetic mutation. There is also suspicion that these dogs were crossed with the Weimeraner.
    References :
    http://www.trainpetdog.com/Labrador-Retriever/about-labrador-retriever.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/labrador.htm

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