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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2018

Evidence of longer life; a cohort of 39 labrador retrievers

Adams, Vicki J.; Ceccarelli, Kellie; Watson, Penny; Carmichael, Stuart; Penell, Johanna; Morgan, David M.


A panel of veterinary and academic experts reviewed current available evidence on age at death for labradors and reached a consensus that their average/typical life span was 12years of age.1 A prospective cohort study that described the longevity of 39 pedigree adult neutered labradors, showed that 89.7 per cent lived to meet/exceed this typical life span. The study showed that maintenance of lean body mass and reduced accumulation of body fat were associated with attaining a longer than average life span while sex and age at neutering were not associated with longevity.


dogs; longevity; life span; labradors; ageing

Published in

Veterinary Record
2018, volume: 182, number: 14

Authors' information

Adams, Vicki J.
Abbey Farm Cottage
Ceccarelli, Kellie
Spectrum Brands
Watson, Penny
University of Cambridge
Carmichael, Stuart
University of Surrey
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences
Morgan, David M.
Spectrum Brands Schweiz

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science

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