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The Labrador Retriever Club

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. is the only organization officially recognized by the American Kennel Club as the national parent club of the Labrador Retriever, a 'Dog for All Reasons’.

The Latest Labrador Retriever Club News

Welcome to your source for information about our favorite breed, the Labrador Retriever, and some of the activities of the LRC.


Pet Disaster Trailer Report

AKC Pet Disaster Relief For Parent Clubs PROGRAM UPDATE **Information as of March 3, 2020** 432 Clubs Participating. $1,587,42.72 in donations received. $650,000 funded by AKC Reunite. Total funds raised:$2,237,542.72 86 Trailers Delivered to 29 States Trailer Recipient Delivered Donor Organizations Aztec, NM February 2020 Rio Grande Kennel Club, Durango Kennel Club, Coronado Kennel Club, Long Leash... Read more »

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The Dilute Color Trait

LABRADOR RETRIEVER CLUB, INC·   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020· READING TIME: 2 MINUTES The Labrador Retriever Club has been working for years to resolve the spread of the “Silver Retriever” into our gene pool. Silvers have been approved by the AKC for almost 40 years. As we know, AKC registration is based on parentage and we... Read more »

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The Full Measure of Devotion

The LRC, Inc. is pleased to release The National Specialty Events Week 2020 Logo and Slogan. “The Full Measure of Devotion” is a line from the moving Gettysburg Address. As we reflect about our wonderful Breed, it is clear they give “the full measure of devotion.” Please join us in celebrating the Labrador Retriever during this year’s National Specialty Events Week October 3-9, 2020 at Rebel Ridge in Elton, MD and the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA

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PUPPY BUYERS BEWARE!

THE THREE COAT COLORS FOR TRUE LABRADOR RETRIEVERS ARE BLACK, YELLOW, AND CHOCOLATE ONLY! THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER BREED STANDARD ONLY ALLOWS BLACK, YELLOW AND CHOCOLATE AND ANY OTHER COAT COLOR IS A DISQUALIFYING FAULT.


Frances O Smith, DVM, PhD Chair, Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. Genetics Committee

It is the opinion of the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc., the American Kennel Club Parent Club for the breed, that a “silver” Labrador is not a purebred Labrador retriever. The pet owning public is being duped into believing that animals with this dilute coat color are desirable, purebred and rare and, therefore, warrant special notoriety or a premium purchase price.

Over the past few years a limited number of breeders have advertised and sold dogs they represent to be purebred Labrador Retrievers with a dilute or gray coat color—hence the term “silver labs.” The AKC has accepted some of these “silver labs” for registration. Apparently, the rationale for this decision is that the silver coat color is a shade of chocolate. Interestingly, the original breeders of “silver” Labradors were also involved in the Weimaraner breed. Although we cannot conclusively prove that the silver Labrador is a product of crossbreeding the Weimaraner to a Labrador, there is good evidence in scientific literature indicating that the Labrador has never been identified as carrying the dilute gene “dd.” The Weimaraner is the only known breed in which the universality of “dd” is a characteristic.




The Purpose of the Labrador Club

The goal of the Club shall be to encourage and promote quality in the breeding and performance of pure-bred Labrador Retrievers and to do all possible to bring their natural attributes as working retrievers to perfection.

LRC Mission Statement

  • To maintain a Standard that will preserve the character and breed type of the Labrador Retriever.
  • To preserve the Labrador Retriever as a working retriever and promote its multipurpose function.
  • To conduct national specialty shows, field trials, hunting tests, and companion dog events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.
  • To provide educational programs that promote the health and training of the Labrador Retriever, and responsible ownership and breeding practices.
  • To identify the diseases and hereditary defects of concern to the breed, and to contribute to research and health programs that will benefit Labrador Retrievers.
  • To support the American Kennel Club as the primary purebred registry of the Labrador Retriever by encouraging breeders and owners to complete AKC registrations and to participate in AKC approved events.
  • To support legislative efforts that will ensure the continuation of a purebred dog registry.
  • To collect and preserve the history of the Labrador Retriever in the United States.