Chocolate Labradors Die Earlier Than Yellow or Black, and Have More Disease

Chocolate-coloured Labrador Retrievers have, on average, 10% shorter lives than black or yellow Labradors, according to a study we co-published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. Ear infections and skin diseases are also more common in chocolate Labradors than non-chocolate Labradors.

We looked at the UK veterinary records more than 33,320 Labrador Retrievers through the VetCompass program. We then extracted data on death and disease from a random sample of 2,074 (6.2%) of these dogs.

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