genetics

Chocolate labradors’ life expectancy linked to colour

Thumbnail image for Chocolate labradors’ life expectancy linked to colour

  Findings from a recent large-scale study involving over 33,000 Labrador Retriever puppies suggests chocolate Labradors have a shorter lifespan than their yellow and black counter-parts. Chocolate Labradors are, typically, bred for their coat colour and research conducted by the Royal Veterinary College indicates that selective breeding for coat colour may increase the risk of […]

Read the full article →

Genetic variants may explain why dogs are friendly to humans

Thumbnail image for Genetic variants may explain why dogs are friendly to humans

In recent years, advances in genetic research have led to the discovery of genes involved in dog traits that include; coat colour, size and personality.  Now scientists have found structural variants in genes on chromosome 6 which is associated with human-directed social behaviours, which may explain why dogs are typically friendly to humans. The study, […]

Read the full article →

The origin of dog; new DNA evidence

Thumbnail image for The origin of dog; new DNA evidence

Much has been written about the domestication of dogs over the years; research has pointed to Fido’s ancestor being from one line of wolf, and domestication happening at one time anywhere between 10,000 to 30,000 years ago (depending on which study you pick).  However, new evidence from researchers at the University of Oxford (working as […]

Read the full article →