Issue Statement 2: AKC Registration
The Council will accept no reduction in registration status with the AKC. MLPH gene Labrador Retrievers must continue to be allowed Full or Limited registration status per the breeder’s choice, as is the present policy.
- The council does not accept the proposed alternate Registration numbers of MLPH gene carrying Labrador Retrievers (e.g., A unique letter such as "z" attached to only those Labrador Retrievers known to descend from a MLPH gene carrying Labrador Retriever). The Council recognizes that any such designation is being sought after by breeders who believe, without fact based evidence, that MLPH gene Labrador Retrievers are of impure lineage.
- The Council seriously questions the wisdom in requiring DNA testing for any particular gene as a condition of registration. Such a policy produces the potential for an endless list of breed qualifying DNA tests ranging from physical conformation characteristics to genetic diseases. Requiring these qualifications tests places undue burden on the registrant and will ultimately promote the breeding of unregistered dogs. Screening for genetic traits should remain at the discretion of the dog owner and responsibility of the breeder.
- Regarding the Color option for Labrador Retriever registration as set forth by the LRC and in practice at the AKC, the Council will accept either of the following scenarios:
- Add “Silver” “Charcoal” and “Champagne” as accepted coat color registration options for Labrador Retrievers without limitations (e.g., registration number modifications or breeding restrictions).
- No change. Colors remain the same as presently represented on the registration papers (Black, Yellow, and Chocolate), and MLPH variants of those colors are permitted to continue registering as their base color following the joint policy set forth by the AKC and LRC in the late 1980’s.