Explanation Of Dilutes
The Dilute gene
There are many genes that affect the Labradors coat color. We have gotten many questions from customers about how we know what color our puppies will be. The hope of this description is to provide a simplified answer for this common question. Individuals who are opposed to the dilute movement will state that it is impossible to have a Labrador carrying the dd gene and that they are mixed with Weimaraners. Back whenever the breed was created many breeds where bred in. This was just before being recognized by the AKC. Breeding Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, the Newfoundland, and St. John water dogs created the breed. Chesapeake Bay retrievers carry the dd gene and often come in an ash color very similar to dilute chocolate. The AKC recognizes charcoal as dilute black, silver as dilute chocolate, and champagne as dilute yellow. We will not advertise our dogs as rare, however we take extra care to produce dilute Labradors from champion lines so they will be priced accordingly.
A Simple Explanation Of Silver Labrador Genetics
There are many genes involved in determining a Labradors coat color. There are some critics of Silver Labradors so keep this in mind. All dogs have the exact same genes. Here is a simple explanation for these genes & how they work in Labradors & how we get Silver.
A This gene causes a solid coat color.
EE This is a masking gene or epistatic gene so coat color is determined by the B gene
Ee This is the same as EE except the yellow gene is present.
ee If the ee gene is present the coat color is always yellow. Unless ee is present the other genes below determine coat color.
BB If this is the determining then the coat color will be Black.
Bb If this gene is present the coat color will be Black but will also have the Chocolate gene.
bb If this is the determining gene then the color coat will be Chocolate.
dd This is the recessive dilute gene. When this gene is present in both parents the coat color can be Silver, Charcoal or Champagne.
Depending on which genes above are present or are turned on or working.