The color of their fur is not the actual problem. Rather, it’s how they are bred that might be harmful to these animals’ genes. And studies show that chocolate colored Labradors are less healthy than Black or Yellow labs.
One of the most popular dog breeds in the world is the Labrador Retriever. These animals generally come in three different colors: black, yellow (light brown) and chocolate (dark brown).
“The relationships between coat colour and disease may reflect an inadvertent consequence of breeding certain pigmentations.”
But a new study has suggested that among the Labradors, it’s the ones with chocolate fur that have shorter lives and more health issues. Experts from Sydney and London did a study of 33,000 Labradors based on records from British veterinarians. Their findings were published in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.
More Health Risks for Chocolate Labs
The experts determined in their research that yellow or black coat Labradors live 10 percent longer than chocolate labs. The normal median age for the two sets of labs was at 12 years old, while the chocolate lab was only until 10.7 years old.
Chocolate labs also suffer more health problems frequently than their other counterparts. They are more at risks of developing ear and skin diseases.
The also experts determined that chocolate Labradors have more hot…