On average, Black Labradors live for 10 to 12 years.
They are usually very healthy doggies especially as most breeders selectively breed out unwanted traits that could cause complications for the puppies later on.
However, this is not to say that the Black Lab dogs are completely disease-free. For some perspective on potential illnesses you may have to deal with, here are the most common conditions that affect Black Labradors.
Hip Dysplasia is a very common condition among large dog breeds like the Black Labrador. The abnormal joint formation could also affect the dog’s shoulder or elbows. As the dog grows older, the joint suffers degeneration resulting in painful debilitating arthritis later on in the pooch’s life.
Exercise-induced collapse is common in retriever breeds especially the Labrador and the black variety are not spared. It is common when Black Labradors reach adult years and manifest with the loss of limb strength and general agility after long periods of exercise.
Exercise-induced collapse gets worse with time and eventually the dog may not even be able to tolerate more than 20 minutes of activity.
Myopathy refers to the condition of muscle functionality. In Black Labradors, this condition is hereditary and affects skeletal muscles. This results in issues like mobility and growth. It could also affect swallowing muscles leading to issues like choking or malnutrition.
Gastric dilation volvulus
Gastric dilation volvulus is associated with a condition known as bloat. This is where the Black Labrador’s stomach swells and twists on itself when full of food, fluids, or air. It is very painful for Black Labradors and can be life-threatening if not addressed.