Top Five Fun Facts About the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study for March
- The “Golden State” has pulled ahead of the home team—California is a nose ahead with 265 dogs enrolled and Colorado is chasing their tails at 245 enrolled dogs.
- Not to be outdone, owners in the South are also getting their study applications completed. The region continues to have the highest number of dogs with more than 28 percent of the enrolled dogs calling it home. The states within this region include: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
- We can no longer say—“Girls Rule, Boys Drool” as Intact Males are now the highest population of study dogs at 846 (Neutered Males at 635). The girls, however, hold the #2 (Spayed Females at 721) and #3 (Intact Females at 732) spots. Let’s hear it for the ladies!
- What’s in a name? The following is a list of the most popular names of golden retrievers in our study: Cooper (32), Bailey, Bella and Finn (20) and Abby, Lily and Maggie (18).
- A huge shout out to a very special professional population—our veterinarians. Veterinarians have officially surpassed Breed Clubs as the #1 method of how our enrolled dog’s owners heard about the study!
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Morris Animal Foundation would like to recognize the study supporters, including the Mark and Bette Morris Family Foundation, the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research, Petco, VCA/Antech, Zoetis, and the Golden Retriever Foundation, for allowing us to share these fun facts from our first dataset of enrolled study dogs. The entire study team looks forward to sharing more about the genetic, nutritional and environmental risk factors for cancer and other major diseases that affect dogs.