This is a screenshot of Kristi Jenkins’ dog Bubbles’ (Creeksides Champagne Wishes) test result at Paw Print Genetics. Kristi Jenkins is the Chairman of the CPLR, the organization of dilute breeders. Despite her stating that Bubbles is “a gorgeous dilute yellow”, the test clearly shows the DISEASE TEST RESULTS, and anything not normal at the D locus (Dilute) is considered to be a disease.
Kristi Jenkins tested her Bubbles for the following diseases:
Cystinuria (Labrador Retriever type)
D locus (Dilute)
Hereditary nasal parakeratosis
Myotubular myopathy 1
Narcolepsy (Labrador Retriever type)
Progressive retinal atrophy, Cone-rod dystrophy 4
Progressive retinal atrophy, Progressive rod-cone degeneration
Pyruvate kinase deficiency (Labrador Retriever type)
Subvalvular aortic stenosis
The Dilute Disease is merely one of the many diseases to be tested. What we can learn from this scientific fact is that:
- The Dilute Disease is not normal in the Labrador Retriever. The Dilute Disease is indeed rare, and only occurs in the offspring of American interbred dogs (Labrador/Weimaraner crosses). Since many diseases are rare, next time you desire a “rare” dog, you might want to choose one from the pound, one without diseases, one that doesn’t require daily doses of NuVet as a rule, and has a full double coat and a decent otter tail.
- The Dilute Disease is not a “rare color” in the Labrador Retriever. You can easily test the colors of a dog. If I wanted to know if my yellow Labrador carries chocolate (which he doesn’t), then the Genetics Laboratory wouldn’t send me the result as “carrier of the chocolate disease”. The Dilute Disease is a disease which affects so much more than just color; it also affects coat structure, behavior, and who knows what else.
- If you are breeding dilute “Labradors”, you are breeding dogs with a disease, dogs with a disqualification. You may say that we “hate” your dogs, but that’s not true. We hate people who deceive the public by advertising dogs with a disease, and mixing these dogs with our healthy Labrador population.
- If you don’t know if your Labrador carries the dilute disease gene, have your dog tested. D/D (normal, dilute clear) is the only test result you want. If the test result is D/d or d/d, you should have your dog neutered or spayed, so the disease can’t spread to following generations.