There are some facts you need to consider before you acquire such a “rare, designer Lab”.
1. You will pay a fortune for a mutt. Every dilute “Labrador” or it’s “normal” littermates carry the dilution (d) gene, which is alien to the Labrador Retriever breed, so your puppy CAN NOT be a purebred Labrador, whatever it’s pedigree certificate says. Nor can its “normal” littermates.
2. Your dog will be disqualified at every official dog show. It will probably be the most humiliating experience of your life.
3. Breeders of so-called “silver”, “charcoal” and “champagne” “Labradors” are not in any way respected or valued by reputable breeders of the Labrador Retriever. As you will see below, there’s a good reason for this.
4. Breeders of so-called “silver”, “charcoal” and “champagne” “Labradors” are all frauds. They sell you a “silver”, “charcoal” or “champagne” Labrador, but they register them with the Kennel Club as chocolate, black, or yellow, the only recognized colors of the Labrador Retriever breed. Read the opinion of the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc., the AKC parent club for the Labrador breed.
5. Most breeders of so-called “silver”, “charcoal” and “champagne” “Labradors” advertise their litters as “from Champion bloodlines”. Don’t you believe for a second that these Champions were “silver”, “charcoal” or “champagne” Labradors, or that these dilute breeders had anything to do with these championships. Most reputable Labrador breeders publish the pedigrees of their dogs on their websites, so you can see for yourself what’s behind the pups they have. The CPLR, however, strongly advises against the publishing of pedigrees. If you just look at the websites of the CPLR hotshots, you won’t find a single genuine pedigree certificate there, and more often than not they don’t use the real pedigree names of their dogs. So ask yourself what these people have to hide.
6. A lot of breeders of so-called “silver”, “charcoal” and “champagne” “Labradors” will try to do anything to get Champion bloodlines into their pedigrees, and by anything I mean anything. Their problem is that no reputable breeder will ever consider to give them a breeding with their dogs, let alone let them have a puppy, so these dilute breeders will try to fool reputable Labrador breeders, with fake identities, fake buyers, fake websites, fake kennel names, and sometimes intimidation. They are nothing more than crooks; some of them are intelligent crooks, or even very nice crooks, but still crooks. (And yes, I believe that there are so-called reputable breeders who say “Your money is as green as anyone else’s”, but by that opinion they lost all rights to call themselves “reputable breeders”.)
7. A lot of breeders of so-called “silver”, “charcoal” and “champagne” “Labradors” are gathered in a criminal organization called “Council of Purebred Labrador Retrievers” (CPLR). That’s is where they learn how to trick reputable breeders, to get their Champion bloodlines into their own worthless pedigrees, and how to trick ignorant people to buy their “rare designer Labs”. (Calling yourself “Council of Purebred Labrador Retrievers” while you’re breeding mutts is just as criminal as calling yourself a “medical doctor” when you’re a quack.)
8. You don’t want to be known as the person who bought something that “fell off the back of a lorry”, but that’s what you will be known as if you acquire a “rare silver, charcoal or champagne Labrador”. And a stupid one at that, because no sensible person would pay a fortune for a mutt.