Silver Labrador Warning

National Labrador Retriever Breed Council [Australia]


21st April 2010

The National Labrador Retriever Breed Council [NLRBC] is an officially sanctioned representative body responsible for dealing with any and all issues that may directly affect the integrity of our breed throughout Australia. Asignificant and important function of the NLRBC is to directly affect the integrity of our breed throughout Australia. A significant and important function of the NLRBC is to directly interact with and provide advice and make recommendations to the Australian National Kennel Council [ANKC] on all matters that it regards as significant.

The improved and ongoing health, structural soundness and welfare of the Labrador Retriever breed is a primary focus of the NLRBC as is the conservation of the original breed function- that of a "working" retriever. To this end the Internationally recognised 'Breed Standards" [ first developed in England in 1916] remains in force to this day.

An important part of that breed standard describes the three acceptable coat colours, Black, Yellow and Liver / Chocolate are the only recognised coat colour in our breed. Any diversion from these three standard colours indicates a cross breeding combination may have occured.

Disturbing evidence has now new - for some years in the USA and more recently New Zealand so called Silver Labradors have been pedalled by "backyard / designer dog" breeders as being rare or unique. Not suprisingly this advertised rarity comes at a significant price both financially to the buyer and in health concerns to the individual dogs concerned. The sad fact is that is that these Silver Labradors are cross bred dogs - the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Weimaraner.

Genetically these crossbred designer Labradors are at high risk of inherited structural and health defects. Neurological disorders such as epilepsy are widespread amongst "Silver" Labradors due to the inbreeding that is required to maintain the unnatural silver coat colour. These dogs alse suffer debilitating skin and thyroid problems. It has also become evident that significant numbers do have problems with hip and elbow dysplasia due to generations of breeding from "untested" breeding stock.

The NLRBC has issued a Silver Coat "high alert" to all state based member clubs around Australia. If you require more information or you wish to report the activities of a suspected Silver Labrador breeder please contact Labrador Retriever Club in you home state. They will be more then happy to assist you with your enquires.

Contact Details

Ms A Neville
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Email : [email protected]