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  • My wife and I have been talking about getting our son a dog, we want a lab and ran into a breeder who has silver labs. Their li

    My wife and I have been talking about getting our son a dog, we want a lab and ran into a breeder who has silver labs. Their lines aren't hunting dogs but I've been doing some checking and found some that do hunt. Does anyone have experience with silver labs and are they as good of hunters as traditional colors?

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    Hello herbie57_57,

    First of all, be aware that there is really no such thing as a silver Lab. The AKC, UKC and England's KC recognize three colors of Lab: black, yellow and chocolate. There are shades within yellow, fox red, for example. A silver Lab is technically a variation of the chocolate color.

    Second you have to ask yourself: What and why am I buying this dog? Is it for hunting, the show ring or just a companion pet. I'm guessing that you want it for at least some type of hunting endeavor or else you wouldn't be looking for hunting lines and wouldn't be asking the question on a hunting site.

    That said, why spend good money on a "designer dog" that has unproven or questionable genetics when you can buy great dogs with proven hunting genetics for the same price (and probably less in most cases).

    Picking a good hunting dog is about picking it's parents (See February's Outdoor Life Magazine). Look for not only the hunting genetics, but the personality, disposition, body size and energy level that will suit your household and your son's level of interest, experience, duties it's expected to carry out.

    Long story short: Skip on the silver Lab and get a black, yellow or chocolate from field trial, hunt test or a hunting background.

    Check out AKC, UKC, North American Hunting Retriever Association, Hunting Retriever Club, as well as the classified section of one of my favorite retriever site: Retriever Training Forum (it has lots of experience field folks and some big-time trainer names frequent it) here: http://retrievertraining.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=9cdf3c87d9b592c08753ed0593287e1 f&f=31

    Good luck and have fun!

    Brian

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    • #3
      good advice brian, herbie also don't be afraid to adopt as well. Any of the humane or rescue society have great labs and lab mixes that are perfect hunting companions as well as house companions. I adopted a lab/pointer mix a few months back and she's great with kids and an avid waterfowler to boot.

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        Okay,
        "First of all, be aware that there is really no such thing as a silver Lab. The AKC, UKC and England's KC recognize three colors of Lab: black, yellow and chocolate. There are shades within yellow, fox red, for example. A silver Lab is technically a variation of the chocolate color."
        Well by this definition there are no chocolates either, in the original breed standard chocolates were culled just like silvers were. It is correct to say that silvers are a variation under the Chocolate, but again so are fox reds.

        Some of the best hunting dogs out there are not to be found in field trials. Yes it is very important to find a reputable breed and to see how the bitch and the sire work a field, but saying that there are no good silver hunting labs is hyperbole.

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