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Chocolate Labrador's health problems and longevity - Truebred Labradors

There is some interesting research that has been undertaken, with a study that involved over 33,000 Labradors in the UK.

The research indicates a range of issues, including that chocolate Labradors have:

  • increased rate of some ear infections (almost double);
  • increased rate of some skin conditions (almost four times the rate); and
  • decreased life span (or longevity) compared to black and yellow Labs (about 12% or 1.5 years less).

I wouldn't read the above to mean that EVERY chocolate Labrador will be this way. Like people, some Labradors are at a higher risk of some problems than others. It seems to me from the report that the chocolate Labradors with the shorter lifespan are also likely to be those that have other health problems too. If your chocolate Labrador is always healthy, then you are possibly on to a 'winner'! :D

Here are a couple of extracts from the report:1

  • "Chocolate dogs had a significantly shorter lifespan than non-chocolate dogs."
  • "The most common disorders in Labrador retrievers were otitis externa, overweight/obesity and degenerative joint disease. Otitis externa and pyo-traumatic dermatitis were less prevalent in black dogs yellow dogs than in chocolate dogs."

The is also an article here about chocolate Labradors and their personality.

Quick Q & A

What age do chocolate Labradors live to?

Chocolate Labradors are reported as having a median lifespan of about 10.7 years, which is about 12% or 1.5 years less than their black or yellow counterparts.

"Chocolate dogs had a significantly shorter lifespan than non-chocolate dogs." 1

What are chocolate Labradors like?

It is reported that chocolate Labradors show more signs of excitability, agitation, and unusual behaviour than the black or yellow Labradors. 2

How long do chocolate Labradors live?

Chocolate Labradors live to about 10.7 years, reportedly.

"Chocolate dogs had a significantly shorter lifespan than non-chocolate dogs." 1

Do chocolate Labradors have health problems?

"The most common disorders in Labrador retrievers were otitis externa, overweight/obesity and degenerative joint disease. Otitis externa and pyo-traumatic dermatitis were less prevalent in black dogs yellow dogs than in chocolate dogs." 1

Are chocolate Labradors harder to train?

Chocolate Labradors are reported as being less trainable than the other colours of Labradors. 2

Chocolate Labrador ear problems?

Otitis externa is an ear condition that chocolate Labradors are more likely to have than black or yellow Labs. 1

Chocolate Labradors health problems?

"The most common disorders in Labrador retrievers were otitis externa, overweight/obesity and degenerative joint disease. Otitis externa and pyo-traumatic dermatitis were less prevalent in black dogs yellow dogs than in chocolate dogs." 1

Otitis externa is an ear condition.

Are chocolate Labradors more hyper?

It is reported that chocolate Labradors show more signs of excitability, agitation, and unusual behaviour than the black or yellow Labradors. 2

chocolate Labrador Retriever

References:

  1. https://cgejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40575-018-0064-x
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261919973_Management_and_Personality_in_Labrador_Retriever_dogs

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