We do not breed, nor condone breeding of, Labradors Retrievers that are other than as described in the AKC Standard for the breed. We present the following information about the fluffy (long-haired) coat for reference only, as it is a coat type that has been proven to be present in purebred Labradors . It is unfortunate that some breeders have been accused of selling mix-breed puppies as Labradors simply because the puppies exhibited the long-hair trait, so it is our hope that this article will be of help to those breeders, and encourage anyone who is unsure of the parentage of a puppy with such a coat to have it DNA tested, now that such a test is available.
On June 11th of 2007 we whelped a healthy litter of five puppies, two yellow boys, one yellow girl, one black girl and one black boy, a product of breeding Light (Paddington's Let There Be Light CGC) and Buddy (Paddington's Because the Knight, CGC). At about three weeks of age we started to notice something different about the two yellow boys. They started to develop curly hair on their ears--then on their legs. And as they grew they became more and more “fluffy”—and grow they did, quickly outstripping their siblings in size and bone. By the time the litter was five weeks old it was clear that these puppies were very different from any I had whelped before.
now I was concerned that perhaps some other dog had entered the
picture as well, and yet I was confident Light had not been with any
other dog. Nonetheless, I sent away to the
Armed with this information, I still didn’t have an answer as to why
these puppies were so different. I approached DDC again, this time
with a request for a DNA test on the litter for a long-hair gene. At
the time no such test existed for Labrador Retrievers, although a
protocol had been developed for other breeds. Apparently the gene
exists in dogs as diverse as Rottweilers, Weimaraners, Mastiffs,
Pembroke Welsh Corgies and Dalmatians!
Randy Smith at the laboratory agreed to develop a protocol for the
long-hair gene in
The wait was brief, and very quickly Dr. Smith reported that in my litter of five, two puppies carried the recessive long-hair gene (they call it a “fluffy” gene at the lab), two of course had it, and one did not carry it at all. Obviously, the parents both carried the gene and it appears to be a simple recessive much like gene for the color yellow. The question now remained—where did it come from? One more DNA test confirmed my suspicion, that the gene was carried to Buddy by his mother, Kiara (Paddington’s Majestx Kiara), who got it from her auspicious father.
Some more research has uncovered that long-haired Labradors are
fairly common in
Below is an interesting article copied from Black Sheep Retriever in Italy (translated with google translate)
There are at least two theories on how the
recessive gene of long fur has appeared within the bloodlines of the
Labrador Retriever. The first is that it is an original dog legacy
St.John's , which could also have the long hair. However, there are
no evidence of this, and also the dogs St.John's to the end of their
race, they were mostly short-haired.
Here are the results so far encountered.
Mispah , through Ingleston Mist and Alby One and
All this has been detected by limiting the search to only progenitors of Sandylands Mark, and limiting the search to 16 generations before.
In database Labradornet.com otherwise contained other specimens
Flatcoat retriever . It would now to check if between the
long-haired Labrador specimens, or recessive nevertheless be
established, there are that they are not in some way attributable
Sandylands Mark, and in the case trace their blood lines up to
verify if even in those cases they are of the flat. The presence of
a common ancestor to all fluffy Labrador, in which there are
multiple lines primigene Flat Coated Retrievers, however, would seem
to be a confirmation of the facts, and that the recessive gene
introduced with the flat is so historical legacy of the Labrador
St John's Water dog