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How Long Do Labrador Retrievers Live?

Yellow Labrador

One of the most popular dog breeds in America, Canada and the UK is the Labrador Retriever. The Labrador makes a wonderful pet as the breed is generally considered friendly and well-balanced. With regular exercise, a healthy diet and lots of love, the Labrador can live to be 10-12 years old, although some are fortunate enough to reach 13 or 14.

A common belief that 1 human year is equal to 7 dog years is not accurate, since dogs reach adulthood within the first two years of their life. The equation is 10.5 dog years for each human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per human year for each year after.

The Labrador is a highly athletic dog, and enjoys lots of exercise. They love to run, fetch and swim. Excellent swimmers, their paws are webbed and most breeds have a coat that can actually repel water. Swimming comes naturally for them, which also makes them superior water-fowl hunters. Because this breed enjoys so much activity, they have a well-known reputation for a never-ending appetite.

Black Labrador

Larger dogs can occasionally become high risk of obesity and even though the Lab is exuberant and full of energy, the breed can become overweight quite easily if steps are not taken to ensure a healthy diet. Their beguiling charm and big brown eyes can wear down the strongest of defenses in most owners. Studies have shown that owners who maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise for their pet, even as the pet gets older, can increase their pet’s lifespan by as many as three years. Excessive weight is the leading factor that contributes to later development of hip, joint and knee problems for the Lab. Diabetes has been found in especially overweight Labradors and osteoarthritis is also common. The importance of not over-feeding your Labrador is paramount in establishing a long and happy life for your pet.

Dysplasia in Labrador

There are a number of conditions that may arise during the Labrador’s lifespan. The larger dogs can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, and joint supplements are often recommended. Because Labs love to run and fetch, knee problems can also become common. Labs that spend quite a bit of time in the water can also be prone to ear infections as their ears tend to trap warm moist air inside. Regular checking will ensure that this problem can be easily controlled. In some cases, medication may be needed if the infection is severe. A health syndrome that is often associated with Labradors is called Exercise Induced Collapse, which often occurs in Labs eight years or older. This condition can cause weakness, disorientation and even collapsing.

There are generally three types of registered retrievers. Black labs which are solid black in color, yellow labs which are light in color with some even having a slight reddish color, and then the Chocolate lab which is medium to dark brown in color. Interestingly, chocolate and black Lab’s noses usually match the color of their coats.

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  1. [...] Labradors are often a popular choice among dog owners with an active lifestyle; this breed is known for demanding plenty of activity, so they are often found outside running, playing Frisbee, and even swimming with their owners. They are also known for their sometimes ravenous appetites, which can lead to weight problems, especially in the later years. Injury or other diseases can also contribute to obesity due to lack of physical activity. Just as people battling obesity are prone to heart and respiratory problems, obese dogs are also at risk, so it is very important to learn how to combat obesity in older Labradors. [...]

  2. katie says:

    We have a stormley lab called Jake he will be 13 years old in oct,he lives with our 2 puppy staffies who have given him a new lease of life he certainly gives them a run for their money especially when it comes to swimming,he has got to be the biggest labrador we have ever seen.He is our big grizzly.

  3. alyssa says:

    whats up

  4. Jodie says:

    My dog molly, will be 14 in july, and we have a baset and a springer spanul and shes like there mum,
    bad thing about is that she has two bad legs and she can harldy move, its upsetting to see a dog like that, it makes me wunna cry, i dont know how people can treat there dogs with abuse, its crule and also its unfair! i think if u have a dog u should treat care and love it just like you do with humans