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A dog’s colour could impact longevity, increase health problems

New research led by the University of Sydney has revealed the life expectancy of chocolate Labradors is significantly lower than their black and yellow counterparts.
Chocolate Labrador

The study of more than 33,000 United Kingdom-based Labrador retrievers of all colours shows chocolate Labradors also have a higher incidence of ear infections and skin disease. Its findings were published in the open access journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.

Part of the University’s VetCompass™ Programme, which collects and analyses electronic patient data on dogs, the research is being replicated in Australia, where Labradors are the most popular breed of dog.

In the UK, the median longevity of non-chocolate Labradors is 12.1 years, more than 10 percent longer than those with chocolate coats. The prevalence of ear inflammation (otitis externa) was twice as high in chocolate Labradors, who were four times more likely to have suffered from pyo-traumatic dermatitis (also known as hot-spot).

Lead author Professor Paul McGreevy, from the University’s Faculty of Science, said the relationship between coat colour and disease came as a surprise to researchers. The UK findings may not hold in Australian Labradors, he said, but warrant investigation.

“The relationships between coat colour and disease may reflect an inadvertent consequence of breeding certain pigmentations,” he said. “Because chocolate colour is recessive in dogs, the gene for this colour must be present in both parents for their puppies to be chocolate. Breeders targeting this colour may therefore be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene. It may be that the resulting reduced gene pool includes a higher proportion of genes conducive to ear and skin conditions.”

Across the entire Labrador population, the most common health conditions found were obesity, ear infections and joint conditions.

“We found that 8.8 percent of UK Labradors are overweight or obese, one of the highest percentages among dog breeds in the VetCompass™ database,” Professor McGreevy said.

The prevalence was higher among male dogs who had been neutered.

Source:  University of Sydney media statement

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The incredible flying dog of Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard is a village in Bedfordshire (UK).  It’s home to Callie, a Chocolate Labrador with flying credentials.

As an official member of air crew, Callie's identification card helps her to clear airport security.  The card was issued by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

As an official member of air crew, Callie’s identification card helps her to clear airport security. The card was issued by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

At the age of 3 months, her owner Graham Mountford  first took Callie in the his Cessna.  He said, “We first tried her in the plane when she was a few months old, just taxiing around the airfield, and she seemed to love it.”

Callie is now over 3 years old and has more than 250 hours of flying experience.  Her favorite trips are to beaches where she can run and play.

Callie tends to sleep on the plane, but apparently gets excited during take offs and landings

Callie tends to sleep on the plane, but apparently gets excited during take offs and landings

An AOPA spokeswoman said “She is the only dog we’ve issued with a card, and it’s going to be renewed.”

Source:  BBC News

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Wordless Wednesday, part 30

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Is the chocolate labrador a Volkswagen fan?

Dogs have been used in advertising for a long time – it’s not a new trend.  Anyone who likes dogs will spot the ads that use a dog and they are more likely to remember the product or service.

Today I spotted this ad on a local website for a car dealership.

Is the Chocolate Labrador a Volkswagen fan?

Miles Continental banner

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Wordless Wednesday, part 6

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