Labradors have a reputation for being obsessed with food, and in turn, they have a tendency to become obese more than a lot of other canines.
Well, new research suggests that the trait is actually the result of a genetic variation that’s particularly common in the breed – and the finding could lead to better treatments for human obesity.
Out of all the dog breeds, Labrador retrievers are the single most popular pets in both the US and the UK, but despite doing incredibly adorable things on a regular basis, they’re not quite perfect. In developed countries, between 34 and 59 percent of the animals are overweight. Just as with humans, that can have big negative health impacts, including mobility problems, diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re familiar with Labradors, you’ll know that even strictly controlling their diet doesn’t always ensure they’ll stay in shape. According to a new study led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, that trait is likely down to genetic factors.