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Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever can trace its roots to the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The breed dates back to at least the seventeenth century when they were known as the "Lesser Newfoundland." The breed is believed to have descended from the extinct "St. John's Water Dog" which was a cross between native water dogs and the Newfoundland. Labrador Retrievers were initially trained to retrieve fishing nets from the cold waters of the North Atlantic. Fisherman brought them to England in the nineteenth century where they were lauded for their swimming, retrieving and hunting skills. The Earl of Malmesbury is believed to have coined the name Labrador in order to differentiate them from their Newfoundland ancestors.
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

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Centronuclear Myopathy

Australia / NZ statistics:
No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates

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Progressive Rode Cone Degeneration

Australia / NZ statistics:
27.7% of dogs tested were either affected or carriers of this disease - keep checking for updates

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Cystinuria

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No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates

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Exercise Induced Collapse

Australia / NZ statistics:
66.7% of dogs tested so far were either affected or clear of this disease - keep checking for updates

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Myotubular Myopathy - X linked

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No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates

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Narcolepsy

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Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies