Defining Terms:

BYC – Black, Yellow, and Chocolate Breeder

Dilute Breeder – Someone who breeds Labradors with the d gene, which dilutes the primary colors of Black, Yellow, and Chocolate into Charcoal, Champagne, and Silver Labradors.

There are two defined historical narratives surrounding the dilute Labrador neither which can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. We have only historic testimony to glean from.  Therefore it comes down to which side do you believe, or does it?

Either you believe . . .

History A: over 40 years ago in the Labrador breed two breeders got dogs from the same kennel, Kellog Kennels, which supposedly bred in Weimaraners to the Labrador breed. These two breeders began to produce dilute labradors.  There is only one “old timer’s ”  hearsay to back up this narrative. No one has ever given a name of the person accusing Kellogg of breeding Weims into the Labrador bloodline.


History B: Some of the dogs that were a founding part of the breed, which carried the dilute gene, were bred. These dogs produced a dilute lab when the dogs were crossed which carried the dilute gene hidden for generations.  All of these dogs below make up the Labrador Retriever.  Do your own research and see if any of these breeds carry the dilute gene.

  • The Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • The Landseer
  • The flat-coated Retriever
  • The Greater Newfoundland
  • John’s Waterdog

In the 1980s, these breeders began producing the Silver Labrador on purpose. The genetic makeup of this coat color was a surprise to them and no doubt nearly nonexistent because the majority of breeders were quietly culling them out of their programs, much as they did chocolates and yellow labradors in the early years.

Working with another kennel and through some line breeding, they began to grow a silver Labrador population.  If you want some more in-depth information check out – .

In short, In 1987 the American Kennel Club recognized the color and added it to the coat color registry next to black, yellow, and chocolate.   They came out to the kennel and allowed them to be registered as silvers initially, but later decided they needed to conform to the LRC standard and has since instructed breeders to register dilute labs as their base coat colors Black, Yellow, and Chocolate.  Although the registry recognizes them, the parent club Judges (LRC) disqualifies them in the conformation show ring.

The fact that AKC has told them to continue to register as their base coat color has caused pandemonium among the traditional Labrador breeders because they have a huge concern that something else was bred into these lines.   To date, there is no proof that any Weimaraner blood is combined with Labrador Retriever lines whatsoever.  In 1987 there weren’t the genetic test that there are today, and thus we are left with one singular inconclusive conclusion that if you choose History A, or History B, in either regard, if you take a genetic breed test, they come back 100% Labrador Retriever regardless of the color over 40 years after the fact.

The fight really is between the LRC parent breed club and the Registry.  Unfortunately, people still experience false accusations about health and other primarily false claims in regards to these three additional shades of Black, Yellow, and Chocolate.

Don’t allow the false claims about dilute Labradors to keep you from loving and enjoying your Charcoal, Champagne, or Silver Labrador. At the end of the day, there is no mistaking a Labrador’s personality and that’s exactly what these beautifully colored Labradors have to offer!