White Labradors are just like most other Labrador Retrievers in terms of lifespan and health and can live for 10 to 14 years. It is widely believed that they are like other white dog breeds that suffer from deafness but this is actually not the case.
Unlike regular white dogs that are often unpigmented, White Labradors are just very pale and are otherwise pigmented where it counts including ear structures. This means that deafness is not a problem you have to worry about.
Here are some of the actual health issues common with the White Lab.
Hip Dysplasia is a joint abnormality that is quite common in large dog breeds like the White Labrador. It could eventually lead to arthritis and is made worse by obesity which is another common condition with White Labs.
Fortunately, lifestyle changes for the pooch including bone and joint supplements greatly improve symptoms and prognosis.
Myopathy refers to a group of conditions that affect muscles and their functions. This includes both skeletal muscles involved in movement and smooth muscles in systems like the White Labrador’s gut.
The hereditary condition can be incredibly debilitating. Fortunately, most breeders selectively breed out the trait by excluding Labradors that have the issue.
Gastric dilation volvulus
Gastric dilation volvulus in White Labradors occurs when the stomach dilates from being filled with food and rotates causing twisting and obstruction. This results in a potentially fatal condition known as bloat.
Among the symptoms you may notice are reduced activity levels, low appetite, vomiting, and a swollen abdomen.