This is the October 2014 map of 403 dilute breeders in the United States of America. Most of them advertise their dilutes as “AKC registered purebred silver and charcoal Labradors”.
The most worrying part is that the American Kennel Club agrees with them. Yes, according to the AKC these dilutes are purebred Labrador Retrievers, and they expect foreign Kennel Clubs to accept them as such.
It’s very easy to check a dog’s DNA for the dilution gene (d). However, Kennel Clubs rather rely on the honesty of breeders. So, if they say it’s a “chocolate Labrador” it must be a chocolate Labrador. Case closed, time for a cup of tea.
In the mean time these “honest breeders” keep producing dilutes, with whom they keep fouling the Labrador population.
It looks like the list will grow and grow, but there are some facts contradicting this. During my search I found quite a few Facebook and web accounts that were cancelled. So there must be dilute breeders who found a new way to make a buck. Or even dilute breeders who bitterly regret the fact that they ever were so ignorant and gullible to get involved with dilutes.
But let’s not be too cheerful. There are still a lot of well organized dilute breeders out there, with good marketing skills and no conscience at all, who still find markets for their “products”. With the help of the American Kennel Club.