Labrador Research – a guideline

A great volume of Labrador research has been done worldwide and is still done on Labradors specifically and dogs in general.

This is a non-exhaustive list of dog research publications that Labrador owners and prospective owners may find valuable.

This research relates to pure-bred Labradors, not Labrador cross-breeds who may, or may not, be subject to the same events as researched, depending on what weaknesses or strengths they inherited from which parent.

Labrador personalityManagement and Personality in Labrador Retriever dogsSciencedirect
Heritable disorders characterized by abnormalities of cartilage and bone growthBone dysplasias in the Labrador RetrieverMeridian
Age and the immune system in LabradorsThe influence of age and gender on the immune system: a longitudinal study in Labrador Retriever dogsSciencedirect
Influence of genetic factors on pedigree Labradors in the UKDogslife: a web-based longitudinal study of Labrador Retriever health in the UKSpringer Link
Age-related immune changes in LabradorsAge-related alterations to immune parameters in Labrador retriever dogsSciencedirect
Absence of proteins that signal the brain to end the sensation of hunger once a dog eats a mealA deletion in the canine POMC gene is associated with weight and appetite in obesity-prone Labrador Retriever dogsSciencedirect
Absence of a protein found in skeletal muscle results in muscular dystrophyDystrophin-deficient muscular dystrophy in a Labrador retrieverJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Golden coat color paling to cream in Labradors and other dog breeds The genetics of cream coat color in dogsJournal of Heredity
Dark coat color does not affect the temperature in dogsThe effect of light vs dark coat color on thermal status in Labrador Retriever dogsBioRxiv biology reprints
Rare occurrence of Labradors that result from cells of two different original embryosA case of canine chimerism diagnosed using coat color testsSciencedirect
Coat color differencesLinkage and segregation analysis of black and brindle coat color in domestic dogsGenetics Society of America
Gene variant in Labradors with a yellow coat colorIdentification of a premature stop codon in the melanocyte‐stimulating hormone receptor gene (MC1R) in Labrador and Golden Retrievers with yellow coat colourWiley Online Library
Alternative (high zinc) diet for long-term management of copper-induced inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)Nutritional management of inherited copper-associated hepatitis in the Labrador retrieverSciencedirect
Differences between breeds should be considered in strategies for the control of kidney stonesComparison of urine composition of healthy Labrador Retrievers and Miniature SchnauzersAmerican Veterinary Medical Association
Gastritis in a young Labrador with diet advice to cure the problemSevere lymphocytic-plasmacytic and atrophic gastritis, as well as, predominantly eosinophilic, severe enteritis, in a 19-month-old Labrador RetrieverNational Library of Medicine
In Swedish Labradors bred for hip and elbow conformity, feeding patterns, diet, weight, and exercise are risk factors that have to be taken into accountDiet, exercise, and weight as risk factors in hip dysplasia and elbow arthrosis in Labrador retrieversJournal of Nutrition
A web-based longitudinal study of Labrador health in the UKDogslife: a cohort study of Labrador retrievers in the UKSpringerLink
Evaluation of the effectiveness of Slentrol in weight loss in LabradorsEvaluation of dirlotapide for sustained weight loss in overweight Labrador RetrieversWiley Online Library
Preventative measures to prevent obesity in Labrador RetrieversPossible preventive obesity measures for consideration in Labrador Retrievers Canis lupus familiaris according to veterinarian and owner opinionsUniversity of Plymouth
A fish-based diet reduces the severity of osteoarthritis in Labrador puppiesEffect of a commercially available fish-based dog food enriched with nutraceuticals on hip and elbow dysplasia in growing Labrador retrieversCanadian Journal of Veterinary Research
Danish Labradors at increased risk of epilepsy compared to the general canine populationA cross‐sectional study of epilepsy in Danish Labrador Retrievers: prevalence and selected risk factorsWiley Online Library
Study of dysplasia, a degenerative disease that causes a hip deformity in dogsBone dysplasias in the labrador retriever: a radiographic studyJournal of the American Hospital Association
Joint disease development in LabradorsThe early development of medial coronoid disease in growing Labrador retrievers: radiographic, computed tomographic, necropsy and micro-computed tomographicScienceDirect
Selective breeding resulted in limited but positive changes in the smell ability of dogs in China Artificial Selection Drives SNPs of Olfactory Receptor Genes into Different Working Traits in Labrador RetrieversHindawi
There is no difference in stress levels between assistance and companion dogsHair Cortisol in Service Dogs for Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Compared to Companion Dogs (Canis Familiaris)Taylor and Francis Online
The risk of pyometra (infection in the reproductive tract) differs in different dog breedsA breed-matched case-control study of potential risk factors for canine pyometraScienceDirect
Factors that increase the risk of heatstroke in dogsHeatstroke in dogs: a retrospective study of 54 cases (1999–2004) and analysis of risk factors for deathJournal of Internal Veterinary Medicine
High antimicrobial resistance in healthy Labradors in the UK with raw meat diets having a negative effectAntimicrobial resistance risk factors and characterisation of faecal E. coli isolated from healthy Labrador retrievers in the United KingdomScienceDirect
Raw meat (including pet food) leads to increased anti-bacterial resistant E-coli and is transmissible to humansEvidence that faecal carriage of resistant Escherichia coli by 16-week-old dogs in the United Kingdom is associated with raw feedingScienceDirect
Raw meat diets lead to E.coli and Salmonella contamination and pose risks to humansUK dogs eating raw meat diets have a higher risk of Salmonella and antimicrobial‐resistant Escherichia coli faecal carriageWiley Online Library
Health-related welfare canine health improvementHealth-related welfare prioritisation of canine disorders using electronic health records in primary care practice in the UKBMC Veterinary Research
Common diseases in Labradors in the UKWhat is a common disease in labs?Canine Medicine and Genetics
Playful activity after learning improved training performancePlayful activity post-learning improves training performance in Labrador Retriever dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)ScienceDirect
Playful activity after learning improved training performance (follow-on study)Dog–human play, but not resting post-learning improve re-training performance up to one year after initial task acquisition in Labrador Retriever dogs: a follow-on studyMDPI
Behavior of Labradors in suburban backyards in AustraliaThe behavior of Labrador Retrievers in suburban backyards: The relationships between the backyard environment and dog behaviorScienceDirect
Kennel Labradors are less dependent on humans in solving “unsolvable” problemsOntogenetic effects on gazing behaviour: a case study of kennel dogs (Labrador Retrievers) in the impossible task paradigmSpringer Link
Genetic variants explain the social behavior of Labradors.Sociality genes are associated with human-directed social behaviour in golden and Labrador retriever dogsPeer Journals
Labradors show some degree of potentially undesirable behaviour when separated from their ownersAetiology of separation‐related behaviour in domestic dogsBritish Veterinary Association
Labrador Retrievers have thicker skin than other breedsAge, breed, sex and period effects on skin biophysical parameters for dogs fed canned dog foodJournal of Nutrition
The copper content in adult dog diets may exceed the upper tolerability limit for some dogs, resulting in disorder of the liver (hepatic disease)Is it time to reconsider current guidelines for copper content in commercial dog foods?American Veterinary Medical Association
25% restriction in food intake increased the life span Labrador RetrieversEffects of diet restriction on life span and age-related changes in dogsAmerican Veterinary Medical Association
A hereditary form of hepatitis occurs in Labrador Retrievers and is caused by a defect in hepatic (liver) copper metabolismCopper‐associated chronic hepatitis in Labrador RetrieversWiley Online Library
Skin diseases in Labradors associated with zinc deficiencySkin disease in dogs associated with zinc deficiency: a report of five casesWiley Online Library

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