Silver Labradors In The South Kennel is a family owned kennel that is proud to offer top quality silver labrador retrievers. We pride ourselves on being a top quality kennel and the breeder of your new best friend and family member. All of our dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club. Please note that the light silver color is considered to be a shade of chocolate and charcoal is considered a shade of black. Therefore, light silver labs are registered with the AKC as chocolate.
We are located in Aiken, South Carolina. Our dogs are very athletic and LOVE to swim. They are wonderful with children and love to play catch and retrieve games. Their kind, outgoing temperament make them excellent family dogs. We have spent a great deal of time researching the pedigrees and temperaments of our dogs to ensure that we have a top quality breeding program. All puppies have been wormed and received their 6 week vaccinations before going to their forever homes.
You may find yourself asking questions, such as, "What is so special about a 'Silver' Lab?", "Why have I never heard of them before now?", "Are they pure blood?", "Why does the Labrador Retriever Club of America not accept them?" I once asked myself these same questions, but with a little research, it was easy to know that these Labradors truly are something special.
In the 1980s, a breeder began producing the Silver Labrador on purpose. The genetic makeup of this coat color was very rare and no doubt nearly nonexistent, because breeders were quietly culling them out of their programs. With many years of work, the Silver Lab population began to grow. In 1987 the American Kennel Club recognized the color and added it to the coat color registry next to black, yellow, and chocolate. This, of course, caused an uproar among the traditional Labrador breeders, because they saw their market shares fall through the floor. With much opposition from these breeders and the Labrador Retriever Club of America (controlled by these breeders), the AKC removed the silver color from the registry and began registering the silvers as chocolates by stating that any shade from light to dark chocolate is acceptable. They never said that silvers are not pure blood, registerable Labradors, in fact, if you were to ask anyone from the AKC they would tell you that they most definitely are pure. The AKC accepts yellow ranging from fox-red to cream, including the rare champagne color, also unaccepted by the LRCA. Blacks can be any shade of black, including charcoal.
The founder of Silver Labrador breeding was so eager to prove the purity of these Labradors, that he put $100,000 up for anyone who could prove impurity or crossbreeding to produce this beautiful color. Not one person was willing to stand behind their "flat earth" accusations against the ancestry of the Silver Lab.