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Canine dustbins! Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2016 11:57

Labradors are the most popular family pet in the UK.  Their loveable natures makes them pretty useless as guard dogs but they are easy to train because ... they just love their food treats whilst being trained!  Many owners would argue that their Lab's whole life is geared to finding food - whether it is intended for them or not, a notorious canine dustbin.  It seems though that they can't help being greedy: a vet and geneticist at Cambridge University has found a variation in a gene that makes Labradors less able to produce chemicals that switch off their hunger after a meal.  The researchers say that carrying this genetic variation makes dogs more motivated to work for a titbit but that owners have to be rigorous about portion control (and ensuring that food on work surfaces is out of reach!) to avoid an obese Lab.

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