Both parents have to carry the dilute gene. So yes if they were bred back to another black dog that carried the dilute gene they could have dilute pups.
Now on to another issue..,
Why purposely breed for a known breed fault?
On top of that you have to lie on the registration to have a silver, charcoal or champagne dog registered.
The pups are not purebred.
Per the AKC and LRC "The Labrador Retriever does not carry the dilute gene dd that appears universally in the Weimaraner and is responsible for the silver color"
Thanks for the education. Just read up on the "Silver" ruling by AKC and LRC. Seems to have been quite the dust up on this topic. My assumption then is that his silver bitch is registered as a chocolate.
That's most likely the case. There is a lot of squabbling going on amongst breeders. The AKC is playing both sides. While they say "the dilute gene isn't present in the Labrador Retriever" in the same breath they say "just register them as chocolate".
They need to come out with a clear statement but there is money in it for them to register silvers.
My beef isn't with the dogs but with the fact that I believe all evidence points to that the dogs are not purebred and are being registered as such under a different color.
Most silver breeders don't do health testing and there are very very few that are successful in hunt tests and zero that are competitive in field trials.
I bust my butt to make sure I'm doing everything right. I bust my butt to make sure my dogs prove they are worthy to breed by doing all necessary health testing and proving they can work by earning titles. I make sure my dogs come from a long line of proven healthy working dogs. I have a ton of time and money invested and I will make very little money if at all on a litter of puppies.
Then you have breeders who just put two dogs together because of color and get the same price per pup???
Like i said...my issue isn't with the dogs. If you have a silver then by all means make it the best dog you can and I'm sure you'll be happy with it....but in the future maybe think a little bit more about it besides color when you get ready to purchase your next hunting buddy.
Color dilution alopecia is real, HD is real, EIC is real, PRA is real, CNM is real...all genetic diseases that plague the Labrador breed that can easily be tested for and avoided.