If you wonder what the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. – the AKC’s parent club for the Labrador Retriever breed – is planning to do about the dilute problem in the breed, this is the message sent by LRC President Fred Kampo Jr., on February 10, 2015:
The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. – President’s Membership Update 02-10-15
The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.
To the Membership —
As President of The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. I want to share information on the status of the Club’s attempts to respond to the problem regarding the registration of dogs as Labrador Retrievers with the dilute coat color identified as “silver.”
In 1986 the Club attempted to have AKC deny registration of Labradors identified with the “silver” coat color. That did not happen after an AKC representative investigating the breeding facilities of the dogs exhibiting the dilute coat color made the decision to categorize the color as chocolate under the “other” option on the registration application. Subsequent generations of dogs carrying the dilute gene remain in breeding programs, many bred to recognized titled dogs.
Scientific evidence has shown us that there is no evidence of a dilute gene in the coat color background of the Labrador Retriever. Despite the Parent Club’s multiple attempts to request that the American Kennel Club deny full registration to dogs exhibiting a dilute coat color, these dogs still remain in the breeding pool and kennels focusing on dilute coat colors proliferate. At this time, our best option to protect the gene pool for the Labrador Retriever is to encourage the use of the DNA test to identify carriers of the dilute gene. I want to urge each of you, especially those with active stud dogs, to have breeding stock tested for the dilute gene and include the information in your advertising. I am also suggesting that we add the test to the requirements for an LRC, Inc. Breeders’ Directory listing.
Please share this with your local specialty club members. Comments can be posted on the Club’s Members Only Facebook page.
Fred Kampo, Jr.
President, The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.
As I’m not a member of the LRC, I will leave my comments here.
First of all, I wonder why the LRC are talking about “Labrador Retrievers with the dilute coat color identified as “silver,” and “exhibiting a dilute coat color.” The dilute problem is so much more than a “silver coat color”. There is also a “charcoal coat color” and a “champagne coat color”, and “exhibiting a dilute coat color” is a very simplified explanation of the problem, as dilute breeders don’t come to reputable Labrador breeders with their “silver” bitches, but with bitches who are carriers of the dilute gene. The dilute coat color will be exhibited in a second generation of such matings, by using a carrying dog on a carrying bitch.
Second, the President’s message gives me the impression that – “despite the Parent Club’s multiple attempts to request that the American Kennel Club deny full registration to dogs exhibiting a dilute coat color” – there is nothing left to do for the LRC but to advise their members to have the DNA of their dogs tested and to deny listing in the Breeders Directory without such a test. That’s it, that’s all we can do. Sorry.
I’m very disappointed with the LRC. The AKC claim that they are merely a registry, and the LRC claim they aren’t able to persuade the AKC to stop registering dogs carrying (or affected by) the dilute gene as purebred Labrador retrievers. Where is the love for the purebred Labrador in these organizations? Where is the will and the power to stop the pollution of the Labrador blood lines, world wide?
I strongly believe that it’s time for the reputable Labrador breeders of the world to stand up, to become members of the LRC, to let their voice hear in the meetings, to choose better and stronger representatives in the AKC.
The present approach and the present stance of the LRC is just not good enough.