LRC and the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program

  • As of December 31, 2020, the total monies generated from active members of the Purina Parent Club Partnership program for the LRC, Inc. was $38,424. $19,212 will be sent directly to the Parent Club and the other 50% will be sent to the CHF (Canine Health Foundation) specific for research to benefit Labrador Retrievers. The numbers in 2019 and 2020 are showing a definite downward trend.

We understand that the switch from cutting out and saving weight circles and mailing them in, to uploading and submitting receipts online has been difficult for some, and we want to give you some key takeaways for receipt submission.

Please be aware if you are not, participants have a choice of mailing in their receipts if they are not comfortable with uploading receipts from either their phone or their computer. You do NOT have to be a member of The Labrador Retriever Club to take advantage of this excellent financial advantage for you and for the breed. Thank you all who are participating!

Read more here, LRC and Purina Parent Club Partnership

AKC CHF 25th Anniversary DAF Challenge Contributor

The Labrador Retriever Club has participated in the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation research challenge since its inception. We continue this partnership because we know how important research is to our beloved breed.
To learn more about the AKC Canine Health Foundation and to see a complete list of funded research, please visit their website or call them at 1-888-682-9696
Posted on behalf of Dr. Calvin B. Carpenter

AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) Donor Advised Fund – Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

LRC’s 2020 third quarter AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) Donor Advised Fund (DAF) statement is below, showing activity for 2020 through 9/30/20 and including 2019 Purina Parent Club Partnership Program earnings. That’s an impressive bottom line!

Image may contain: text that says 'AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION PREVENT TREAT 5 CURE Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. Donor Advised Fund 3rd Quarter 2020 Statement (1/1/2020- 30/2020 1/1/2020 Balance Contributions $123,817.57 PPCPP Contribution $545.00 $19,830.66 Investment Earnings/(Losses) Earnings $1,168.73 Research Support* $0.00 9/30/2020 Balance $145,361.96'


CHF’s mission to fund the best possible research, with the support of Donor Advised Fund holders, continues as it remains the leader in canine health research. Over $3.2 million in new research and educational projects has been awarded this year to advance the canine health research field.
Active research grants needing support can be viewed in the 2020 Research Grants Portfolio ( or searched by research program area here,…/researc


The Dilute Color Trait

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 could not disprove (at that time) that they were not pure bred Labradors but now we have the Dilute Genetic Test.
LRC Board Member and Delegate to AKC, Tony Emilio (Tonmar Labs), has been working to disallow these mixed breeds. His goal is to have over a thousand Dilute Test results from pure bred Labs and as many Silvers results as can be obtained to present as evidence to push the AKC into action. The goal is to have these results for the September Delegates meeting.
Just as important as the Clear Dilute test results is the Carrier test results and so if anyone has results showing Carrier results please be sure and include them. If there are lines of communication with anyone you know that would share the results with a little nudging, please feel free to put them in contact with me (Barb Gilchrist at
I have secured a Special Discounted Rate for our Labrador community. Pawprint Genetics is giving us a price of $48.00 per dog which is a wonderful thing! Starting right now thru August 31st use the code DLOCUS at check out to get that special rate. The test is on their website and is called D Locus (Dilute) at
All results need to be sent to Tony in a timely fashion at Please take this opportunity to let your voices be heard!

Annual Donations to AKC Canine Health Foundation – 2019

Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. Donor Advised Fund
4th  Quarter 2019 Statement (1/1/2019-12/31/2019)

1/1/2019 Balance …………………….. $90,441.17
Contributions ……………………………….. $100.00
PPCPP Contribution …………………. $71,108.72
Investment Earnings/(Losses) ……. $22,167.68
Research Support* ……………………. $60,000.00
12/31/2019 Balance ………………….$123,817.57

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 an independent review of our financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. We also earned the 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.
Learn more about the AKC Canine Health Foundation at
At CHF, it is important that our donors know that their investment in canine health is being used wisely to improve the lives of dogs. We value your support and thank you for continuing to work together for healthy dogs!

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Diane Brown, DVM, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
AKC Canine Health Foundation

Labrador Tricuspid Valve DNA Study

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 without heart disease and from Labradors with tricuspid valve dysplasia.

Ideally, the DNA would be from a wide number of families so we are hoping to get samples from as many different families as possible.

Thank you for your help!

Dr. Kate Meurs, North Carolina State University

Sample collection (cheek swab or blood acceptable)

Cheek swab: We would be happy to ship you a swab collection kit for you to swab your dog for DNA collection. Email Dr. Meurs to request a kit:


Please ask your veterinarian or a veterinary technician to pull a blood sample into an EDTA Most veterinary hospitals have these readily available. 

  1. 2-3 milliliters of blood should be collected into a standard EDTA tube (does not need to be refrigerated).

Please label tube well, with animal’s call name and family last name and send the samples to our lab via the address below.

Please return this form with your sample and mail to:

NCSU – College of Veterinary Medicine

ATTN: Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Laboratory
Research Bldg. 326
1060 William Moore Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27607

Blood drawn does not need to be mailed with ice packs or be shipped overnight. However, if possible please try to send the sample within a few days by standard mail.

Questions? Contact Info: Email: or Phone: 919-513-6213   

Thank you very much for your submitting a sample, we greatly appreciate it!

The Experience of a Previous “Silver Lab” Breeder by Mary Frances Clark

The dog on the left  is what most people refer to as a “Silver Lab.” Her name is Sky.  As you can see, Sky is hairless–not like a Labrador Retriever should be! She is affected by color dilution alopecia, which is a hair loss condition in dogs which are dilute.  In “Labs,” dilutes are referred to as silver, charcoal, and champagne. Sky also has allergies and mast cell carcinoma (skin cancer).

My husband, then fiancé, and I purchased the two dogs you see in the photo. I was 23 years old and ignorant about Labradors. I believed what I read on silver breeders’ websites about the origin of the dilute gene supposedly being “inherent in the Lab gene pool,” and “no health issues.” I didn’t even know about health clearances when we bought these first two dogs.

I’ve learned much since acquiring our first two dogs. I did complete some health clearances on Sky. I bred her twice, producing two litters of 5 puppies. I had a litter of full dilutes by another silver I previously owned. (He was neutered and placed in a pet home shortly after the silver litter, which was an unintentional litter.) Sky was bred to a standard chocolate stud for her second litter.  I informed the stud dog owner that Sky was silver when asking for stud service. I would not trick someone into breeding to a silver dog, as there are repercussions among fellow breeders for doing so, nor is it right to do so. Sky had complications and required a c-section and spay with this litter. I kept a female puppy from the litter. But, owners of some puppies from Sky’s first litter began telling me that they were having allergy and coat problems. I then decided to stop breeding dilutes fully and placed that puppy in a pet home. That was the end of my breeding dilutes. I do however still own Sky. She has temperament issues and developed the multiple health issues I mentioned above, so I did not feel it would be fair to her or anyone else to re-home her. She will stay here until she dies.

Breeding dilutes is a mistake I regret, but I cannot take it back. I regret it for several reasons. I regret producing unhealthy dogs, though at the time I did not realize they were going to be unhealthy. I regret breeding dogs that at some point had a mixed lineage to produce the dilute color. I regret it also because of all the drama and stress it has caused me and the issues it will cause me in my future efforts to breed quality, healthy, purebred Labrador Retrievers.  I hope sharing my experience can help prevent others from making the same mistakes.

Blastomycosis on the Rise

This fungal disease, which readily infects dogs and people, typically starts out in the lungs but can go on to invade many tissues throughout the body. Identifying it quickly and implementing antifungal therapy can result in a good prognosis.

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