(Read why small dogs have a lower cancer risk.)
Breeds with the highest risk include the Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier des Flandres, Boxer, Bullmastiff and Golden Retriever.
A health report published in 1999 by the Golden Retriever Club of America [GRCA] identified cancer as the cause of death in 61.4% of their dogs. (In comparison, the cancer rate in Goldens bred in Europe hovers around 35%.)
|Five of these eight Golden Retriever puppies |
will likely die of cancer, some by the age of nine.
Funded and managed by MAF, the study will investigate the effects of genetics, nutrition and exposure to environmental factors.
I wrote an article, "On the Trail of Canine Cancer: Large Scale Study of Golden Retrievers Holds Hope for all Dogs", published in the Winter 2015 edition of The Bark magazine.
Read the full article.
To find out more about the longitudinal study contact Morris Animal Foundation.