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Labradors have been the most popular dogs in the world for several years. Thanks to their beautiful character, adorable appearance, and irresistible look, Labradors win the hearts of everyone. If you want to get a Labrador, you must have been interested in how long do labs live?
How long do labs live
Common to all dogs is that they all go to paradise. Some dogs leave a little earlier than others and there are many reasons why this is so. The two most common reasons are the age of the dog and health problems. Then, the most common health problems that Labrador retrievers deal with are obesity, hip and kidney problems, and ear infections.
The average lifespan of a Labrador Retriever is 10 to 12 years, depending on the lifestyle.
Brown Labrador retrievers
A study at the University of Sydney found that the lifespan of labs also depends on the color of their fur. Labradors can be yellow, brown, and black. Brown color, unfortunately, has an impact on the lifespan of this breed. Studies have shown that labs with yellow or black coats live about 10 percent longer than brown ones.
Studies have shown that brown Labrador retrievers are much more likely to get an ear infection or skin disease than Labrador retrievers of other colors. The reason why brown Labrador retrievers live shorter may be genes. Namely, chocolate color is recessive in dogs, the gene for this color must be present in both parents for their puppies to be chocolate.
How to extend the life of your Labrador?
The only way you can extend the life of a Labrador or any other dog is good care. Dedicating and maintaining a dog can extend its lifespan.
- Firstly, you need to take care of your Labrador’s teeth. Any dog older than 3 years has an 85% chance of contracting gum disease. An even bigger problem is that in Labradors, gum disease can spread to organs. When the bacterium develops into gums it can cause bleeding and thus spread to other parts of the body. The consequences can be serious if it spreads to the heart or brain. Veterinarians believe that a dog can live up to 4 years longer if you take proper care of its teeth.
- Above all, you need to take care of what your Labrador eats. On the recommendation of a veterinarian, Labradors should eat dehydrated dog food. This food is a source of all the necessary minerals, vitamins, and ingredients that a dog needs for normal development. Dehydrated food helps maintain appetite, improves the health of hair, skin, and bones, and gives the dog enough strength. Sometimes it is allowed to give them human food, but be careful because some human food can be dangerous to dogs.
- Of course, vaccination can prolong and improve the quality of life of your dog. Vaccination protects a dog from many diseases. Make sure your dog receives each vaccine on time. If a dog does not receive all the necessary vaccines in the first year of life, it can have serious consequences.
Oldest Known Labrador
The oldest known Labrador was Adjutant. Adjutant was born in August 1936. and he died in November 1963. He was 27 years and three months old when he died. He was the 7th oldest known dog in history, regardless of breed.
In 2008, the U.K. news source reported that one Labrador may have outlived Adjutant. That Labrador Bella passed away at the age of 29. However, because Bella’s owners did not have any official documentation for her birth, the record for longest Labrador Retriever life is still held by Adjutant.