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’.
Welcome to your source for information about our favorite breed, the Labrador Retriever, and some of the activities of the LRC.
Congratulations to LRC Director, Yvonne Hays, and her Lab, “Be,” a finalist at the 2019 National Amateur Retriever Championship in Ronan, MT. FC-AFC BEDAZZLED II, “Be” LF 5/5/2012 (NAFC-FC Texas Troubador ex FC Hardscrabbles Captain Morgan) Breeder: Gregory Cross Owners: Yvonne & Charlie Hays, Pavo, GA Handler: Yvonne HaysMore current news
North Carolina State University is looking for DNA samples from Labrador Retrievers for a genetic study that evaluates unique DNA changes that may be associated with the congenital heart disease, tricuspid valve dysplasia. At this time, we would like to collect DNA samples from 100 Labrador Retrievers. We need DNA from both healthy Labrador Retrievers... Read more »More health news
T. J. McCann writes, “I am this year’s Raffle Chairman and I am inviting all the clubs to donate a basket. Please consider participating again this year. We always have a great raffle. ” Baskets can be sent to the show hotel and may arrive as early as Friday, October 4th. The address is: Doubletree... Read more »More specialty news
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.
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 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.