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The Future - DNA Testing for Labrador genetic problems
Look at http://www.mmigenomics.com for more information.
MMI Genomics' initial focus in the companion animal industries is the development of diagnostic assays that allow early detection for debilitating genetic disorders such as chronic hip dysplasia in Labrador and Retriever breed types....These tools will also be used in breeding programs to eliminate defective genes from the population and to certify the health status of individual animals prior to purchase.
It looks like they have two tests so far - DNA Identity (called Paw Print ) and Parentage (called GeneMatch Pedigree), both costing $55US
Also see Candidate Gene Studies in Canine Progressive Retinal Atrophy
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We are no Longer breeding
No puppies planned. If you are looking for puppies in Australia, contact some breeders listed in the FAQ.
Hey, what type of dog is that?
This page is for people who are interested in Chocolate Labrador Retrievers.
When walking my dog in suburban Melbourne, I am asked what breed is she? - followed by "I've never seen a Labrador THAT Colour before".
Statistically black labradors are the norm and the yellow and chocolate colours are the rarity. There are 4 chances in 9 of being Black, 3 chances in 9 of being yellow, and 2 chances in 9 of being chocolate. The Coat Colour Genetics pages explain it all in great detail, including how to breed for Chocolate dogs and why the Chocolate coat colour occurs.
If you are considering a Labrador as a pet, keep doing your homework on the breed, and read "Are you really ready for a Labrador?"
How do Chocolate dogs come about? - Look at the genetics of breeding Chocolate Dogs to see how and why the Chocolate coat colour occurs.
Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria Inc.
(Find Other States in the FAQ)
For Labrador information in Victoria, contact the Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria Inc. (New photos of each colour of puppy!)
Puppyline:1900 931 099
The club puppy line number will give you a list of breeders phone numbers who have puppies for sale at the moment whose sire and dam have had hips x-rayed and scored and whose eyes have been checked for hereditary diseases within the last 12 months.
In New South Wales, the phone number for puppies is (02) 96521858
Make sure you ask about OCD in the elbows of any previous litters, and in the ancestors.