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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.


NARC Finalist!

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 Hays

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Earns Consecutive Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has once again earned a highest possible four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator.This year, CHF received its highest overall score in over a decade, demonstrating the efficient use of donations, programs growth, and commitment to good governance. CHF earned Charity Navigator’s top distinction based on... Read more »

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Dog for All Reasons – 2019

Nineteen Labrador Retrievers qualified for the Dog For All Reasons award. Presented by Show Chair and LRC Director Barb Nowak and LRC Board Secretary Nancy Brandow on behalf of the LRC Inc – well done!

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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.