What are Silver Labs and Are they Real?
Diana came to me the other day with some form from CKC that she wanted me to sign. Something about whether I agreed or disagreed with registering the so called Silver Lab. Well, in order to not be a stick in the mud, I said I would not sign it. I have my concerns about silver labs and the breeders who deal them but at the same time, I do not breed them and don’t feel it’s my responsibility to get involved at all in the discussion other than this blog article. It’s buyer beware when purchasing from a breeder so as in most of my articles, I suggest getting to know your breeder before buying anything, and educate yourself. There are many breeders out there with what I consider some questionable things going on.
What are they?
This is a silver lab puppy. Looks like a lab, smells like a lab, farts like a lab. But, is it a lab? It could be. Or it could be a cross between what I showed you in the top picture, which is a purebred Weimeraner, and a Labrador Retriever. I’ll let you decide. The breeders will guarantee hands down that they are some dilute color based on some form of chocolate lab breeding and so on.
I can tell you this. We see none, and I mean none, on the field trial circuit. Why, because they’re not bred for it. In my opinion, the silvers are probably not the same temperament as the rest of the labrador breed based on what my vet tells me. I’m also sure that throwing all that recessive genetics together to produce a designer color comes with all sorts of excess baggage in the form of health problems.
So, I’m not going to sit here and argue one way or the other about the legitimacy of whether silvers labs are purebred or not. CKC can decide whether to register them without the benefit of my opinion. It’s none of my business. I don’t breed them and never will not because they won’t sell or not because we can’t make a pile of money doing it. It’s just not our thing.
We like to win and produce winning Labrador Retrievers in whatever you decide to do with them. From a performance and health standpoint, silver labs don’t cut it. That’s about all I’m going to say about that. Know your breeder and educate yourself before jumping in to someones narrative with both feet.