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“Rare” Labradors

There are some breeders who would use our wonderful breed make a quick buck at the expense of the breed. That goes especially to those who would try to sell as "rare", and at top dollar, any mismark or colors other than the three colors accepted in Labradors world-wide. There are no rare colors in Labradors. There are three accepted colors, Black, yellow and Chocolate. The AKC standard defines shades of yellow as Light cream to fox red. Chocolates are defined as being light to dark chocolate.

Regarding "Silver", this is not an accepted Labrador color. Some of these breeders often sell other "rare" colors, such as "white". White Labradors are simply "light cream" (as defined in the Standard) yellow Labradors. They are worth no more than their other yellow siblings. Is there anything wrong with breeding the lightest yellow color in Labs? Absolutely not. They can be shown, they are correct. They're just not "rare", and they're not called "white". There is *no* mention in any accepted standard in the world of Silver, Charcoal (this is a new one!), white, caramel, or any other named color you may be tricked into believing is accepted color in Labradors. If you are interested in a very light yellow, simply tell the breeders you want a *very light yellow*. They'll understand!


Silver is "rare", only in that there are few dogs with that color. There is a reason reputable breeders do not sell them -- It is not a proper Labrador color. Just like brindle colored Labs and Black and tan happen, and are seldom produced, so do other unusual non-standard colors. Any breeder who breeds more than a couple of litters will, in time, produce a mismark. There is nothing wrong with it, and they're just sold as pets. Contrary to the claim on one silver site, nobody feels shame when they produce a mismark. However, "silver" isn't just a "mismark".. it's something different. How different? Some say deliberately through mixed breeding when the breed was developed, some say deliberately created by recent mix breeding, and some say through a genetic fluke. Regardless, You shouldn't be asked to pay more for something that is incorrect and out of the Labrador Standard. "Silver" Labradors are not *ever* registered as "Silver"; They are registered as chocolates, and chocolates are NOT rare!

The AKC determined that silver Labradors are "dilute chocolates". The term dilute has a genetic basis. The dilute locus is "d/d". The Weimaraner is an example of a brown dog with a diluted coat color. The d/d locus is always "turned on" in Weim's. There is no known d/d locus in *purebred* Labradors.

Here is the color standard for Labradors as drafted by the Parent Club (LRC, Inc.) and accepted by the AKC: 

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.



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