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I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby DWB » Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:21 pm

** Note, negative comments on the breed are not necessary. thanks **

A friend has a Charcoal colored Lab with the Silver recessive gene. She's a great hunter and I have developed a fondness for her over the years. As a result, I acquired one of her pups not too long ago.

My pup is far exceding my expectations as a hunter. I couldn't be happier. She takes after her mother.

Here are some of my favorite shots of Indie as a young pup.

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I think this was one of her siblings.

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Indie a little older.

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She'll be 8 months soon and growing up fast. She went from the small pup in the litter of females to the largest. Happy, healthy, and loves to hunt. She's my girl.

Tell me about yours.

Thanks,

Bob
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby ccccrnr » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:10 am

oh a puppy

always cute when they have that puppy fat

will this be a retrieveing lab or a pointing lab?
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby Dakotazeb » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:21 pm

Beautiful pup! I love her color.
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby DWB » Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:25 pm

ccccrnr wrote:oh a puppy

always cute when they have that puppy fat

will this be a retrieveing lab or a pointing lab?


Retriever.

Thanks Dakotazeb.

All the females came out silver with a hint of brown. While all the males came out charcoal. Except, I got to see one of the males that went to ND last month. He is a charcoal with a stunning slver hue that is very unique looking. The dark roots of the coat make the silver stand out.

These are the males from back in May. All their coats changed and the eyes of course.

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Two others from the litter.

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Postby slistoe » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:08 pm

ccccrnr wrote:will this be a retrieveing lab or a pointing lab?


What's that difference?

I think the question would be will this be a pointing lab or a flushing lab - of course it will be a retrieving lab.
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby Optprime » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:56 pm

i've heard the silver labs are silver because of some weim in their ancestry, is this true? if not where is the silver from? does your pup have an inclination to point? is the silver lab an independant breed from the regular lab? if independant breed which clubs recognize it? Basically i'd like some breed info/history as i don't know much, except for what the name implies.
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby mikehoncho » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:33 pm

how could there be any negative comments about puppy pics. very nice shots, the first one belongs on a calendar...or a billboard. really nice looking pup.
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby slistoe » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:26 pm

Optprime - there is no such breed as "Silver Lab", just as Black Lab or Yellow Lab is not a breed designation either. The Weim is the most logical choice of where someone introduced the recessive dilute gene to their breedings. It is HIGHLY unlikely that it is the result of a random mutation and it is even less likely that it actually existed in the breed since the origins. It is not an officially recognized color and as a result any dogs of that color will be disqualified from show competition. Nice marketing ploy to the "gotta have something different" crowd though.

But pups are cute pups, regardless of what color or breed they are, and anything with a strong working Lab background will be a decent dog no matter what color of coat someone put on it.
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby DWB » Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:20 pm

The negative comments on the Silver as a breed are what I was referring to. For reference, look back at the politics surrounding the Chocolate controversy. Who made the most noise and why?

I asked for pictures and I got exactly what I asked to avoid.

My dog is registered as a Chocolate due to AKC's stance. FIne by me. She is Silver colored, a beautiful dog, and already an accomplished hunter at 7 months (by my standards). She's a hunting dog, not a show dog. I'd expect breed snobbery out of the show crowd. What I don't understand is why hunters alientate other hunters over their dogs. Just hunt and enjoy your dog(s). That's all I personally care about. You want a pure dog? Get a wolf.

I hunt mostly waterfowl. She will be used primarily to retrieve. But, we do upland hunt as well. I won't train her to point but she does it on her own at times. I hunt her to flush as we like to push cover fast.

My wife is taking steps to get in to Pheasant hunting now; as a result of my efforts with Indie. So, bonus.
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Postby slistoe » Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:37 pm

DWB there is nothing negative in any of the posts on your thread. The chocolate controversy and the silver controversy are completely dissimilar. You chose, for whatever reason, to buy a dog that is not accepted in any Lab standard anywhere in the world and is unlikely to be ever accepted into any standard for the Lab anywhere in the world, but somehow it is HUNTERS who care about the integrity of the breed pool who have a problem?

Enjoy your pup and enjoy hunting, but accept what you bought into.
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby Coopdvlle » Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:35 pm

I am surprised that the pups actually look like labs, in all honesty most of the silver "labs" I have seen looked very similar to weims. This bunch really does look nice.
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby BerryessaVet » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:28 am

Silver labradors--the corruption of a breed?
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby GPBLITZ » Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:22 pm

Very nice looking pup!!!

DWB wrote:My dog is registered as a Chocolate due to AKC's stance. FIne by me.


SOOO, You and the breeder don't believe in truth in registration? :? I don't see how silver looks like chocolate. :?
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby Titan » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:08 am

Actually silver labs are techincally just chocolate labs that carry the dilute gene. So they are registered correctly as chocolate.
Looks a little brown to me :wink:
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Re: I'd like to see your Silver Lab - post pics please

Postby GPBLITZ » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:37 pm

Titan wrote:Actually silver labs are techincally just chocolate labs that carry the dilute gene. So they are registered correctly as chocolate.
Looks a little brown to me


So register as silver, not chocolate. :crazyeyes:
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