Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Good Dogs = Live Long

Photo by C Jessen
The American Naturalist recently published a journal article where dogs who are more obedient tend to live longer than dogs who are more difficult to train. Dogs that tend to be more obedient tend to be dogs such as German Shepherds and Poodles. Dogs that have more of a stubborn streak are breeds like the Beagle and the Pomeranian.

Dogs that have a higher energy level and more aggressive tendencies are more likely to live shorter lives. Also, dogs affected by separation anxiety fall into this category as well. While breeds have typical characteristics no dog is ever typical, as there are exceptions to every rule.

If you would like to read more about this you can view the full article at USA Today.

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Have you had similar experiences with your dog? What is the toughest breed you've ever cared for?

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1 comment:

  1. This is interesting, and I vaguely recall having read something similar about people. I wonder if it's a matter of stress levels, like dogs who are harder to train being more high-strung. Whatever the case, it reminds me how emotionally complex dogs can be - perhaps that's why we humans relate to the so well.



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