While it is too soon to say what this study means for the average dog owner, having a better understanding of canine aging might change how people might think of breeding dogs, said Carlos Alvarez, who was not involved with the research.
The research of more than 33,000 United Kingdom (UK)-based Labrador retrievers of all colours shows chocolate Labradors also have a higher incidence of ear infections and skin disease. Breeders targeting this colour may, therefore, be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene.
A study by the University of Sydney has found that Labradors of certain colours have shorter life expectancies, and also suffer from more health problems. Breeders targeting this colour may therefore be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene.
In some bad news for chocolate Labrador Retriever lovers everywhere, new research shows that they have shorter life spans than their black and yellow cousins.Not only that, but they also have higher rates of skin disease and ear infections.For the study, researchers analysed data from more than 33 000 Labradors in the United Kingdom.