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Old 11-19-2015, 03:34 PM
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Silver lab health/breed info

I'm looking for info on silver labs. I'm thinking of getting one in the future. My main questions are, are silver labs a result in color dilution or lack of pigment. Is there a lot of inbreeding to keep this color and aside from normal hip issues with labs any other health issues associated with silver labs? Any other info would be good to. Thanks
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I've heard it's due to dilution, but I've also heard they've been crossed with Weims.

Since it's not an accepted color, I think it would be nearly impossible to find any semblance of a good breeder, which will then open you up to other problems.

Just curious, what draws you to these dogs? Have you considered Weims at all?
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Silver Labs are not pure Labs. Somewhere in the background there is a Weimaraner (same for charcoal & champagne). It could be far enough back that it won't show up in breed DNA tests. It's a dilute color and there is no dilute gene in Labradors.

Don't be fooled, just say No To Silver Labradors

Silver Labrador Retriever Facts And Controversy

https://notosilverlabs.wordpress.com...ore-you-breed/

Health issues:
https://notosilverlabs.wordpress.com...alth-problems/
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Well I currently have a choc lab and she's great, fits my lifestyle well. So I want another dog, it's between another lab or a German shepherd. So I'm fact finding for now
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Silver labs are a can of worms. Some people believe that the dilute gene has existed in labs for a long time, others believe it was introduced.

Either way, it is due to color dilution, silver labs are dilute chocolates. There is a syndrome that affects some dilute individuals of some breeds (dobes are notorious) called color dilution alopecia, it does occur with some frequency in silver labs. Personally I would stay away.
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:14 PM
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I'm not to concerned if it's not a pure pure bred. But as long as it still hold the same behavioral and tempermant that a standard lab would. But on a different topic this whole debate just makes me question the reputation of the ABC as every solver lab I've seen is akc registered. And my lab is not registered at all
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Well I currently have a choc lab and she's great, fits my lifestyle well. So I want another dog, it's between another lab or a German shepherd. So I'm fact finding for now
Fact finding is great! I'm partial to Labs (the one we have now is my 4th, 3rd since getting married), but have had quite a few other breeds in my life, too. The important thing is to make an informed decision.
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If they're labeled as akc then the breeder is lying and rubbish. Stay away from that like the plague!
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Sorry about my typos in my last post. I typed it on my phone. Anyways they're apparently registered with the AKC with papers and full rights.
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Just a note: anyone could register with the AKC, it doesn't mean anything. Silver labs are still a designer dog.

I've seen many silver labs working at doggy daycare as well as knowing a few personally and there's not a single one that I would call a healthy dog. All of them have terrible skin/coat issues due to their blue coat. More than half of them have lost most of their fur.
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