Disobedient dog breeds tend to die earlier than docile dogs
One in three deaths in U.K. dogs younger than three years old was from ‘undesirable’ behaviours. Euthanasia was the most common cause of those deaths: 75 percent overall.
Be a good dog. Males, mixed-breed dogs, and small dogs weighing less than 10 kilograms were more prone to early deaths from misbehaviour than females, larger dogs and purebreds.
The study published in the British publication Animal Welfare involved data on 264,000 U.K. dogs, and the results underscore the importance of training dogs and educating owners, the researchers said.
The researchers analysed 2009 to 2014 records from 127 U.K. veterinary clinics to determine what portion of early deaths were linked with undesirable behaviour. The large number of youngsters with behavioural problems that are being euthanised, according to researchers, show a great need for behavioural education among dog owners.
In another study out of Canada’s University of Sherbrooke, researcher Vicent Careau also found that disobedient dog breeds tend to die earlier than docile ones. A breed of dog classed as a ‘good dog’ and easy to train tends to live longer. He first controlled for the size of these breeds, since smaller breeds tend to live longer.
Vincent Careau compared data from previous studies of personality in a number of dog breeds. Some data came from insurance companies that sell pet policies. Careau’s team found the most obedient dogs were domesticated from wolves more than 10,000 years ago, but Careau doubts that long lifespan or rapid metabolism were selected on purpose.