For years I have wanted to get a hunting dog, one that was properly trained for multiple types of hunting, not just another lap dog. I began the search over a year ago, after seeing pictures of a silver lab on-line. Following months of research, and searching for breeders, I located a breeder completely by chance that was within driving distance and had two puppies available. After somehow convincing my wife that we should take a road trip “just to look around, and check out the breeder” we headed down to Iowa. Let’s just be honest, it is a lot easier to try to convince someone with apprehension to getting a dog when they get a chance to interact personally with the puppies. The cuteness factor helps a lot.
We arrived at Luscomb Labs to find that there was only one remaining puppy, at 10 weeks he was getting old and needed to find a home. Lucky for me this pup and I hit it off great from the beginning; he was mellow but definitely curious. Even luckier; my wife also liked him, and just like that, the three of us were headed home to Minnesota.
As I mentioned, I was looking for a silver lab. This process was challenging because silver labs are not very common. During my research process I learned that the ‘silver’ color is actually a rare non-dominant trait and that there are really three types of labs that have the alternate non-dominant coloring, there are Silver (Chocolate), Charcoal (Black), and Champagne (yellow). Moose is a Charcoal lab. Officially on his CKC paperwork he is listed as a black lab but he has dark grey coloring and blue grey eyes. A lot of people at first think that he is a blue Weimaraner or that he is a cross of some kind; they are always very surprised to learn he is a purebred lab.
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