Silver Mist Labradors


About Us
Silver Mist Labradors


The above pic: Our son, playing with a few of our previous puppies

Below pictures are of our Kennels and play area.  
All kennels are temperature controlled.

We are AKC Inspected & Approved

...As well as pop-in inspections by a few others :)
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Our Family
 
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The Office

Birthing Room is off the office

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The Puppy Greeting Area



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Selection of Lupine Collars and Leashes
are always available





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 Here at Silver Mist Labradors Our Main Focus is on Dilute and Unusual Colors; however, we love them all!
    • Silver Labradors
    • Charcoal Labradors
    • Champagne Labradors
    • White Labradors
    • Fox Red Labradors
    • SF Yellow Labradors (SF = Silver Factor)
    • SF Chocolate Labradors (SF = Silver Factor)
    • SF Black Labradors (SF = Silver Factor)                               

With each breeding, Silver Mist Labrador's intent is not only to better our own breeding program, but also to better the magnificent Silver Labrador Retriever as a whole.  All our labs are healthy, beautiful, and well cared for; they have plenty of room to play and exercise. 

 Silver Mist Labradors operates a full time breeding kennel, we are family operated, striving to produce the highest quality possible and improving the overall Labrador breed.  We invite you to spend a little time on our website getting to know our great labs and learning more about the majestic silver Labradors in general.  

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Testing done on our dogs:

-Canine Exercise Induced Collapse(EIC):

Dogs clinically affected by Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) will often begin to exhibit leg weakness followed by a complete collapse after just 5 to 15 minutes of strenuous activity. The severity and duration of these spells can vary depending on the environment

EIC DNA test reveals one of the 3 possible genotypes for the tested dogs:

  • CLEAR (those having 2 copies of the normal allele and appear to be normal).
  • CARRIER (those having 1 copy of the normal allele and 1 copy of the mutation but appear to be normal) **Note-Carriers can be bred to male/female with Clear results**
  • AFFECTED (those having 2 copies of the mutation and will likely show clinical signs for EIC)

-Canine Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM):

CNM is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder and is characterized by muscle weakness and exercise intolerance.

There are 3 possible genotypes reported for Centronuclear Myopathy:

  1. CLEAR (those having 2 copies of the normal allele and appear to be normal).
  2. CARRIER (those having 1 copy of the normal allele and 1 copy of the mutation but appear to be normal).
  3. AFFECTED (those having 2 copies of the mutation and will likely begin to show fatigue, muscle weakness and exercise intolerance after a few months of age.

-Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM):

DM is a devastating degenerative disease of the spinal cord that can progress rapidly and cause weakness in the hind limbs and eventually paraplegia among genotypically affected dogs.

DDC Veterinary’s DNA test reveals one of the 3 possible genotypes for degenerative myelopathy:

  1. CLEAR (those having 2 copies of the normal allele and appear to be normal).
  2. CARRIER (those having 1 copy of the normal allele and 1 copy of the mutation but appear to be normal).
  3. AT RISK (those having 2 copies of the mutation and will likely show clinical signs.)
-Canine Eye Registration Foundation *CERF:

The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) is an organization that was founded by a group of concerned, purebred owner/breeders who recognized that the quality of their dog’s lives were being affected by heritable eye disease.

After the painless examination of the dogs eyes, the A.C.V.O.  Diplomat will complete the CERF form and indicate any specific disease(s) found.  A CERF examination tests for inherited eye diseases such as: Microphthalmos and glaucoma in the Globe, cartilage anomaly/eversion, Cornea dystrophy-epithelial/stromal and endothelial, Iris hypoplasia/sphincter dysplasia in the Uvea, Cataract issues, PHPV/PTVL, Fundus retinal atrophy, Fundus retinal dysplasia/retinopathy, Fundus staphyloma/coloboma, and Fundus retinal detachment.

-Progressive Retinal Atrophy(PRA/prcd):

The OptiGen prcd-PRA test is a DNA-based test that helps you avoid one form of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). PRA refers to a group of diseases that cause the retina of the eye to degenerate slowly over time. The result is declining vision and eventual blindness. “prcd” stands for “progressive rod-cone degeneration” which is the type of PRA. The genetic disorder, prcd-PRA, causes cellis in the retina at the back of the eye to degenerate and die, even though the cells seem to develop normally early in life.
The “rod” cells operate in low light levels and are the first to lose normal function.  Night blindness results.  Then the “cone” cells gradually lose their normal function in full light situations.  Most affected dogs will evetually be blind.  Typically, the clinical disease is recognized first in early adolescence or early adulthood.

Diagnosis of retinal disease can be difficult. Conditions that seem to be prcd-PRA might instead be another disease and might not be inherited. OptiGen’s genetic test assists in making the diagnosis. It’s important to remember that not all retinal disease is PRA and not all PRA is the prcd form of PRA. Annual eye exams by a veterinary ophthalmologist will build a history of eye health that will help to diagnose disease.

-Retinal Dysplasia/OSD(RD/OSD):

Retinal Dysplasia-retinal folds (RD) is a common clinical observation in many dog breeds. Since many retinal folds are benign and of unknown heritability, veterinary ophthalmologists will often advise that breeding dogs with RD is an acceptable option.  RD in Labradors will cause a dog to fail a CERF examination, the recommended annual eye examination that is done in North America by certified veterinary ophthalmologists, diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO).  In such cases, breeding is not advised because RD in these breeds can be an indication that the dog is a carrier of a serious inherited syndrome called OSD (OculoSkeletal Dysplasia). OSD is a severe condition in which the dogs show a variety of skeletal malformations, including shortened limbs (dwarfism), and blindness at an early age; the blindness results from a generalized malformation of the retina that causes a partial or full retinal detachment and cataracts.

-Hips/Elbow

AKC OFA Hip Method:

OFA is short for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.  This organization does testing on  canine hips and elbows for specific genetic defects like hip dysplasia.

Hip Dysplasia is a terrible genetic disease because of the various degrees of arthritis (also called degenerative joint disease, arthrosis, osteoarthrosis) it can eventually produce, leading to pain and debilitation.

The phenotypic evaluation of hips done by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals falls into seven different categories. Those categories are Normal (ExcellentGoodFair), Borderline, and Dysplastic (MildModerateSevere). Once each of the radiologists classifies the hip into one of the 7 phenotypes above, the final hip grade is decided by a consensus of the 3 independent outside evaluations. Examples would be:

  1. Two radiologists reported Excellentone Good—the final grade would be Excellent
  2. One radiologist reported Excellent, one Good, one Fair—the final grade would be Good
  3. One radiologist reported Fairtwo radiologists reported Mild—the final grade would be Mild

AKC OFA Elbow Dysplasia:

For elbow evaluations, there are no grades for a radiographically normal elbow. The only grades involved are for abnormal elbows with radiographic changes associated with secondary degenerative joint disease. Like the hip certification, the OFA will not certify a normal elbow until the dog is 2 years of age. The OFA also accepts preliminary elbow radiographs. To date, there are no long term studies for preliminary elbow examinations like there are for hips, however, preliminary screening for elbows along with hips can also provide valuable information to the breeder.

  • Grade I Elbow Dysplasia: Minimal bone change along anconeal process of ulna (less than 3mm).
  • Grade II Elbow Dysplasia: Additional bone proliferation along anconeal process (3-5 mm) and subchondral bone changes (trochlear notch sclerosis).
  • Grade III Elbow Dysplasia: Well developed degenerative joint disease with bone proliferation along anconeal process being greater than than 5 mm.
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