Welcome to the web page for the Labrador Retriever Club of Western Australia (Inc.) (LRC of WA), we hope you enjoy looking through our website.

The LRC of WA conducts a number of retrieving trials each year, as well as a championship conformation show (where dogs can win points towards their Australian Championship Title) and an open conformation show (which gives a trainee judge the opportunity to judge our gorgeous breed).  Many of our members and their dogs also regularly participate in Obedience, Agility and Tracking Trials.  Have you got a Labrador Retriever?  Are you wanting to become more involved in the breed?  The Committee are looking for people to join the Committee and help run the Club and its activities.  Please contact Linda Foster.

We encourage all our members to participate in as many activities as possible and look forward to meeting you at one of our events in the future.  Membership costs only $20 per year,  you will receive the Club's newsletter full of interesting information about the Labrador Retriever including training tips, health tips and some funny stuff too as well as recent results from conformation shows and trials.  The Club also conducts an annual eye health day with a veterinary opthalmologist and social activities for members only.  The Club's year runs from 1 October to 30 November each year, just fill in the form and make the appropriate payment and send it to:
The Secretary
Labrador Retriever Club of WA
C/- 103 Verna Street

We'd love to have you join us.

In these pages you will find information on our constitution, domestic rules, registered breeders, show results and activities carried out by the Club.  If you are looking for a puppy, check out the Litter Box and see if there is one there for you! 

Getting to Know Labradors (click to view sample), an e-book all about the Labrador Retriever, a fantastic overview of the Labrador and what you need to know, essential for the new Labrador Retriever owner and a useful companion for the experienced breeder/owner by Cathy Lambert.  This e-book is available from the Club at the special price of $17 per cd (windows computer and connection to the internet required for validation) add $2 for P&H.  Order your copy here, payment by cheque, cash, money order or direct debit.  Animal Info Publications proudly support the Labrador Retriever Club of WA (Inc.).

Results have been updated, this page will now also include results of the Club's run retrieving trials, other retrieving results can now be located on the Australian Working Retriever Central page www.awrc.org.au.


National Labrador Retriever Breed Council (Australia)
21st April 2010
Silver Coat Colour
The National Labrador Retriever Breed Council (NLRBC) is an officially sanctioned representative body responsible for dealing with
any and all issues that may directly affect the integrity of our breed throughout Australia. A significant and important function of the
NLRBC is to directly interact with and provide advice and make recommendations to the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)
on all matters that it regards as significant.

The improved and ongoing health, structural soundness and welfare of the Labrador Retriever breed is a primary focus of the NLRBC,
as is the conservation of the original breed function – that of a “working” retriever.  To this end the internationally recognised
“Breed Standard” (first developed in England in 1916) remains in force to this day. 

An important part of that breed standard describes the three acceptable coat colours.   Black, Yellow and Liver/Chocolate are the
only recognised coat colours in our breed.   Any diversion from these three standard colours indicates a cross breeding combination
may have occurred.

Disturbing evidence has now been uncovered which suggests that some unscrupulous breeders in Australia may be considering
promoting a new coat colour to unsuspecting Australian Labrador puppy buyers – Silver (or Platinum or Charcoal). This concept is
not new – for some years in the USA and more recently in New Zealand so called Silver Labradors have been pedalled by
“backyard/designer dog” breeders as being rare or unique. Not surprisingly this advertised rarity comes at a significant price
both financially to the buyer and in health concerns to the individual dogs concerned.   The sad fact is that these Silver Labradors
are cross bred dogs – the result of crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Weimaraner.  

Genetically these crossbred designer Labradors are at high risk of inherited structural and health defects. Neurological disorders
such as epilepsy are widespread amongst  “Silver” Labradors due to the inbreeding that is required to maintain the unnatural silver
coat colour. These dogs also suffer debilitating skin and thyroid problems. It has also become evident that significant numbers
do have problems with hip and elbow  dysplasia due to generations of breeding from “untested” breeding stock.

The NLRBC has issued a Silver Coat “high alert” to all State based member clubs around Australia. If you require more information
or you wish to report the activities of a suspected Silver Labrador breeder please contact the Labrador Retriever Club in your home state.

They will be more than happy to assist you with your enquiries.


President and Committee

Articles, including any Editorial, Secretary’s column or other subscribed column or other appearing on this website do not necessarily reflect, nor intend to convey the views or opinions of the Club, the Office-Bearers, Committees or its Members.  Neither can the Club accept the responsibility for the accuracy of the information appearing in any article, column or advertisement.   While it is hoped that no copyright infringements do occur, the Club begs the indulgence of any intrusion of same.

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This website was created in January 2005.  Created and designed by Anna Courtman.

Website updated 12 August 2014