What is the lifespan of a purebred chocolate lab?

What is the lifespan of a purebred chocolate lab?

The median longevity for all labs is about 12 years, while the median age for chocolate labs was 10.7. Overall, Labrador retrievers are still one of the longest-living dog breeds, reported another recent study.

How old do chocolate Labrador Retrievers usually live?

Unfortunately Chocolate Retrievers live shorter lives than their yellow or black siblings. The median age for a black or yellow Labradors is 12 years. It is only 10 years of age for brown labs. To help them live a healthy life the main thing you can do is avoiding obesity.

What should I look for in a chocolate Labrador?

Chocolate Labrador puppies are born brown and stay the same color as they age. Heathy puppies will be interactive and curious. Physically, they should look sturdy and well-fed. Chocolate Labs tend to have more genetic health issues than their yellow or black siblings. It is therefore very important to find a reputable breeder.

What kind of health problems does a chocolate lab have?

Chocolate labs are at an increased risk of genetic health issues because they have a smaller gene pool and are more commonly inbred. Some problems include ear and skin infections. They can also inherit joint issues such as osteoarthritis which has no known cure.

Is it true that chocolate Labradors are less intelligent?

Many believe that chocolate colored Labradors are less intelligent. This is not true and arises from the assumption that breeders only bred for the color brown and disregarded any other traits such as intellect and trainability. One myth that is true is their poor health.

What happens when you neuter a male Labrador Retriever?

Behavioural reasons (in case of male labrador) Some people neuter their Labradors to avoid some unwanted behaviours such as humping, leg cocking/leg lifting, wandering around for female dogs and aggression. I have heard some cases of reduced aggression and leg cocking in some labradors after neutering.

How old do you have to be to neuter a Labrador Retriever?

Even though many veterinarians suggest neutering your puppies at an age of 6 months, I suggest not to neuter your labrador at least till 1 year of age. But why? Neutering your labrador at a young age is nothing but stalling its development and curtailing its growth.

How long does it take for a neutered Labrador Retriever to heal?

This surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and it takes approximately two weeks for your dog get healed completely. Other options such as Chemical castration are available nowadays. But this method is generally adopted in dogs less than 1 year of age.

What are the benefits of neutering a male dog?

One of the most important dog neutering benefits is reduced levels of aggression against other pets and humans. Male dog hormones, including androgen, fuel many behavioral issues.