Country of Origin: Canada
  • Activity Level: high
  • Grooming Level: low
  • Trainability: high
  • Adaptability: high
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Average Size: Medium
  • Average Lifespan: 12-19 years
  • Prey Drive: low
  • Watchdog: aware
  • Registered?: aca, akc
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Silver Labrador Retriever Breed Profile

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Silver Labrador Retrievers, or Silver Labs, are relatively new to the scene. Contrary to their Yellow, Chocolate, and Black cousins, which have recorded sightings from 1800 and before, Silver Labs have only cropped up since 1950. There seems to be a heated debate over their authenticity, as many breeders believe the silver tint appeared from outside the breed. However, genetics has been able to provide more than enough evidence to support that these are 100% Labrador Retrievers. They’re just rare dogs.

A diluting factor in coat color dominance traits is responsible for the silver hue – something that is also present in Charcoal and Champagne Labs as well. The jury’s still out on whether they’re simply subset colorations from their purebred parents, or breeds in their own right. At any rate, they’re regal, loyal, and friendly Labradors that have a lot of love to give!

Silver Labs are curious and playful dogs. Their curiosity will often get the better of them and they may wander off in search of adventure. They’re so good-natured that they’ll almost never lose their tempers. Because of this, they make the ideal family dog. After all, with children around, there’s always someone to play with and something to explore!

These dogs are highly adaptable. Although they’re on the larger side, they will still do well in apartments if taken outside often enough to run around. They prefer bigger spaces to stretch their legs and explore, but will take an outside adventure over an inside one any day. With some training, they’ll control their barking instincts without issue. As long as you can keep them mentally stimulated and loved, these dogs are happy.

Silver Labs are very healthy dogs. They tend to overeat, and if you’re not careful may become overweight. They can develop eye disorders and joint problems, but as long as they are attending regular veterinarian visits will stay perfectly healthy.

Silver Labs’ intelligence, adaptability, and independence make them excellent dogs for beginners. Keeping their brains occupied will go a long way towards ensuring good behavior. If not, and they get too bored, they may get into things they shouldn’t. They like to dig and may chew on your shoes when looking for something to do. The good news is, they’re easy to redirect with attention and a little training.

Common with Labrador Retrievers, they have very short, water-resistant fur in two layers. Because of their dense coat, and love for swimming, Its density protects them from the cold, they may go for a swim regardless of the season. They shed twice a year and shed slightly throughout. Their fur should be washed down every so often, especially if they’ve been swimming or hiking with you, but it’s not imperative. Giving them a good brush once a week should take care of their coats just fine.

This breed tends to be very active. They were bred to be working dogs and crave exercise. A good hike, or run, or swim, will soothe Silver Labs’ need for speed. If you don’t have a yard for them to run in, Labs are often happy with a trip to the dog park.

Silver Labs are classified as medium to large dogs. They reach an average height of 23 inches at the shoulders and have an average healthy weight of around 75 pounds.

Silver Labs generally live from 12 to 19 years.