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Inbreeding Depression and Lifespan

Inbreeding Depression and Lifespan

Yordy, J, et al. "Body size, inbreeding, and lifespan in domestic dogs". Conserv. Genet. 21 (2020): 137-148. PubMed Link | PDF Link This study investigates evidence for inbreeding depression in lifespan in dogs at three scales: comparing mixed breed and purebred dogs,...

Why Large Dogs Die Young

Why Large Dogs Die Young

Kraus, C, et al. "The size-lifespan trade-off decomposed: Why large dogs die young". Am. Nat. 181 (2013): 492-505. This study investigates the demographic mechanisms behind the trade-off between size and lifespan in the domestic dog. Background Large dogs die younger...

Sarah Stremming: Border Collies in Agility – We’re all Weird Here

Sarah Stremming: Border Collies in Agility – We’re all Weird Here

Sarah Stremming is an internationally known dog behavior consultant with a special niche working with sports dogs. She consults at The Cognitive Canine, teaches online courses on dog behavior, and hosts the Cog Dog Radio Podcast. I sat down with Sarah to talk about agility dogs, particularly the ubiquitous border collie, and what is going on with them in terms of health and behavioral issues. Looking for your next agility prospect? This interview is a must listen.