The Lab Results Are In: Genes Might Be to Blame for Retrievers’ Obesity

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If you’ve ever had a Labrador retriever, you know about one of the breed’s notable traits: an unrelenting appetite. The dogs will devour anything from socks to rocks, and given the chance, they can be prone to eat themselves into obesity. By one estimate, nearly 60 percent of all Labradors are overweight or obese.

In fact, the dubious honor of being named Britain’s fattest pet went to a176-pound Labrador named Alfie, who was rather uncharitably described by one official as “a massive blob with a leg at each corner.”

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