Labrador retrievers have a bad reputation as insatiable chow hounds, but it’s not their fault, scientists say, according to a report by The New York Times.
The breed’s tendency toward obesity could be blamed on their genetic makeup, The New York Times story said .
A recent study of 310 Labrador retrievers found many of them were missing a gene that both regulates appetite and helps them sense how much body fat they are storing, The New York Times reported.
Just like humans with rare disorders, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, the dogs have a chronic feeling of hunger and will gobble up pretty much anything within reach, The New York Times story said.
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