Silver Labs suffer from the same health issues as other purebred Labs. Including a predisposition to joint problems and to over-eating! On balance though, Labs are a fairly healthy and well constructed breed, free from some of the disabilities that plague some other purebred dogs.
Why are silver labs bad?
Due to Silver Labradors having been very rare in the early days of their history, the breeders had no choice but to breed their dogs with very close relatives to attempt producing silver litters. Inbreeding though can cause a wealth of problems when it comes to the health of such dogs, as it can in any small gene pool.
Are silver labs more prone to health problems?
The Silver Lab is generally a healthy dog, who isnt susceptible to many health problems. Some of the most common problems Silver Labradors experience include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, ear infections and progressive retinal atrophy.
Why are silver labs not recognized by AKC?
Silver is not an acceptable color of Labrador Retriever and is a disqualifying fault. Based on an agreement in 1987 between the American Kennel Club and the LRC, it was agreed that there was no proof that these silver dogs were not purebred and the breeders of the silver dogs subsequently registered them as chocolates.
Which color Labrador is the calmest?
Once again, many Labrador owners believe that there is a difference in personality between the different colours. Some say that yellow Labs are the sweetest and kindest, while black Labradors are the calmest and most patient, and chocolate Labs are the most boisterous and wild.
What is the rarest Lab color?
Silver is the rarest Lab color. Silver is rare because it can only come from a unique genetic makeup. The dilution gene needed to produce this silver hue is a recessive gene and is often masked by the genes for a chocolate coat.