Well here's a link to the picture of Moose. He really does look like a plain ol' long haired chocolate lab! That's fascinating. I think I'm gonna have to email the lab club and ask them how rare this is hehe. http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4da04b3127ccebd286239bf430000002610
you are right i wouldn't have believed it had i not seen it. i hope that this does not occur often as we may be seeing alot of them if the wrong person gets wind of it and wants to breed long hair labs now.
Yeah Scout1. Reading about this made me think of how albino dobermans came to be, one came up in a litter that was a female, and they bred that female back to her daddy multiple times to get more albinos, which again were bread daughter to sire, and mother to son. Yuk. I get disgusted thinking about it. It's no wonder so many albino dobes have so many health and temperament problems.
I don't think that they are going to inbreed moose just to get another. that is why we are looking around and asking is so we can find another like him that maybe isn't related, that way they wouldn't be harming the breed in any way. And i don't think that a long haired lab is all that bad, i mean look at a flat coat or the golden, they have long hair and are just fine, and many other breeds have a long and a short coat version.
Well I got a quick response from the Labrador club, which is the AKC sanctioned national breed club here in the USA. Here's the response, directly cut and pasted from my email =) "Hello Michelle: Thank you for your most interesting post to the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. Not to get techinical or go into a long dissertation, it is most probable that particular dogs and particular bitches in his breeding program carry the same gene perhaps linked to an interbred retriever as far back as the 1930's or farther. It was not uncommon in the early days of the breed and after WWI to use, for example, to use the offspring of a Flat-Coated Retriever x Labrador Retriever cross to refine or adjust a trait in the Labrador Retriever. Many old pedigrees note that a particular dog or bitch was "interbred". One of the well known Labradors imported into the United States in the 1930's had an interbred bitch in his pedigree 3 generations behind him. Those interbreds were probably short coated but may have carried a gene for long coat. So when this breeder puts together two Labrador who carry the common gene, it is more than likely a "long hair" throwback will result. You will not find references to "long haired or long coated Labrador Retriever" because the trait is not part of nor recognized in the breed and breeders would quickly eliminate a Labrador that would produce the trait from the gene pool." I thought that was pretty cool, when I saw the picture of Moose to start off with, I actually thought he looked exactly like a brown flat-coated retriever. Their hair isn't nearly as thick as your average golden retrievers. I thought the last paragraph was kinda 'eh'. In a perfect world that would be true, but I'm kinda iffy on that one. If your brother uses moose for hunting, and he excels at hunting, which is the purpose to which labs are bred, honestly, what difference does the length of his coat make? However, I was unsurprised, because I do know that pretty much all breed clubs are very anal about neutering/spaying any dog that doesn't conform to the breed standard. In conclusion, I think your brother will have an extremely hard time finding a female long coat lab that's not a close relative. The fact that not a single result came up on the internet, article or picture, tells me that the chances of you finding another long-coat are very very slim. And the health problems involved in serious interbreeding really aren't worth it just to have another. Let Moose continue to be a 'one of a kind' lab. Which he is!