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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Are the parents on site?
A. Yes all of our parents are here. Shown by an appointment.
Q. Are hips and eyes done?
A. Yes all of our adults are certified before they are bred.
Hips are all prelim x-rayed or OFA. Eyes are cleared by Optigen or clear by linage.
Q. What all do puppies come with?
Puppies come with health cert., wormed, and tattoo in their ear.
They also come with their 8 week old shots
(distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvo, bordetella).
Q. Do the puppies have champion bloodlines?
A. Yes our puppies have champion bloodlines (all the pedigrees that have red in them are champions).
Champion bloodlines are INT. (international) NAT. (national) AM (american) CAN (canadain) Baz (brazil)
NOR (norway) FIN (finland) SWE (swetish)
Q. Has puppies hips and eyes done check?
A. (Hips) No puppies need to be at least a year old for a good check.
A. (Eyes) the vet does check their eye at a 8wks old when they get their health cert.
Q. Are Silver Labs like other Labs in Labrador behavioral traits?
A. This question is common. Aside from their Silver color,
there is no difference in temperament, hunting abilities, health or other attributes between Silver Labs
and any other color Lab.
Q. How are Silver Labs registered with AKC?
A. Until 1987, AKC issued registration papers which listed Silver as a Lab's registered color on both AKC
registration certificates and AKC color charts. After breeders who could not produce Silver in their bloodlines
began to protest, AKC changed the Silver color to "a shade of chocolate". Admittedly this is an almost
laughable form of denial, but it is currently the established policy of AKC to register Silver Labs as chocolate.
Q. Why are some breeders so adamant there is no such thing as a Silver Lab?
A. Breeders of black and yellow Labs saw their market share fall through the floor when chocolates became
popular in the Lab marketplace. These same breeders opposed recognition of chocolates by AKC for decades.
Opposition breeders claim their resentment is based on breeding ethics. However, their breeding ethics
extend only as far as their pocketbooks. Aside from the presence of a genetic combination which produces
Silver coats, Silver Labs have the same genetic makeup as non-Silver Labs. Some of these ethical breeders
freely admit killing Silver puppies to protect the breed standards. In reality, the Silver puppies they still have
the same genetic make-up as the blacks, yellows, and chocolates they allow to survive. The only ethic these
breeders are protecting is the ethical investment they have in their black and yellow bloodlines.
Q. How long have Silver Labs been around?
A. Some K-9 geneticists speculate the gray chromosome is in all K-9 species descendant from wolves. Labs
were originally the product of several breeds of hunting dogs, contain a large percentage of Newfoundland
breeding in their genetic background, and the production of gray Newfoundland pups is not uncommon in the
Literature on Labradors mentions the occasional gray puppy since people first began writing about Labs. The
problem was, there was never a large enough gene pool of other grays to replicate the color. With the recent
large number of chocolate Labs, the Labs' gene pool now allows the replication of Silver color genetics.
Q. What is the controversy over Silver Labs?
A. At the end of the Twentieth Century the frequency of Silver (gray) Labs began to increase in North America
due to an increase in the number of chocolate Labs in the gene pool of Labrador Retrievers and these Silver
Labs in turn fueled an enormous controversy within the Labrador community. Fortunately, by the advent of the
Twenty First Century, the controversy surrounding Silver Labs subsided except for a few remaining ignorant
breeders of "old standard" colors.
Unfortunately, those ignorant holdout breeders (who refuse to acknowledge AKC's
acceptance of Silver Labs as pure bred Labrador Retrievers) continue to confuse the public by making
unfounded accusations regarding the genetic purity of Silver Labs. In an attempt to quiet the ignorant
ranting of the more vocal opponents of Silver Labs, they offered a $100,000.00 Silver Lab Challenge
to any "expert" who wished to put their money where their mouth was concerning their accusations surrounding
the ancestry of Silver Labs. As a surprise to no one, not one "expert" you see on the internet was willing to
stand behind their accusations regarding Silver Labs. The reluctance of those "experts"
speaks volumes as to who is telling the truth in the Great Silver Lab Debate.
Q. Are Silver Labs pure bred Labrador Retrievers?
A. DNA testing and mapping of Silver Labs was done during the close of the Twentieth Century and
meticulous investigations of each Silver Lab's ancestry was conducted by investigators from AKC. All
conclusions were the same, i.e., "there was no reason to doubt that the dogs were pure bred Labrador
Retrievers" (see conclusion issued by AKC). Amazingly, the Opponents of Silver Labs counter
these scientific conclusions with the incredibly accusation that the "cross-breeding" which was allegedly
used to produce Silver Labs was either covered up by line breeding (a virtual impossibility with modern DNA
tests); or happened too long ago to be detected by DNA testing (which apparently implies someone performed
this feat of magic about 50 years ago). If anyone ever needed an indication of just how opponents
of Silver Labs are, their statements against verification through gene mapping should speak volumes.
Every K-9 carries in its genes a complete genetic history of its ancestors going all the way back to wolves.
Opponents of Silver Labs who argue they are unable to prove their accusations genetic
research show the depth of their ignorance and of their credibility.
Q. What is a reputable breeder?
Reputable breeders maintain a strict breeding standard and only breed brood bitches after their second or third heat
(approx. 2 yr. old), and after the hips of both parents have been evaluated. Brood bitches are only
allowed to produce one litter/year; to do otherwise is a prescription for health problems with puppies and the bitch.
It is a sad reality in the world of Silver Labs that you only get what you pay for.
Q. What is the future of Silver Labs?
A. There is no doubt the increase in popularity and demand for Silver Labs is applying significant financial
pressure to breeders of black and yellow Labs, but there is also little doubt AKC will eventually have to
concede to the growing public pressure to make Silver a recognized color for Labs in America.
Silver Labs are pure bred Labrador Retrievers and their ancestry is beyond reproach.
Fortunately, kennel clubs around the world already accept Silver Labs without all the political fuss and pressure being
applied to AKC (the original standard for a Lab has always been "a coat of Black, Yellow and Chocolate color").
If a person should
come upon one of the remaining "Silver Lab Hate Sites" on the internet and develops ANY doubts about Silver
Labs, that person should go directly to AKC and ask the pertinent question to learn the facts.
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