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Old 04-28-2013, 04:15 PM
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Default Short lifespans

Why is it that some breeds have short life spans? I'm thinking Berners, Saints, Danes, IWs etc.

I know size has something to do with it. But why? What can be done to improve life expectancy?
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:12 PM
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A lot of the time, it's health related. Cardiac disease, bone and other cancers and bloat are common killers in giant breeds. Take a look at this...
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:14 PM
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I was going to say dogues have one of the shortest lifespans of any breed.

Hank CA - (approx. 1 1/2 year old Spotty Dog)
Mia CGC - (6 1/2 year old Papillon)
Summer TG3 TIAD - (11 year old Papillon)
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:46 PM
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Something interesting from this link that I searched after reading something similar in a new book:

"One intriguing clue, gleaned from previous studies, is that small dogs have lower concentrations of the growth hormone IGF-1, or insulin-like growth factor 1, in their blood than large dogs.

High levels of IGF-1 has been shown in a wide variety of organisms, including humans, to be associated with increased risk of death from age-related diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Conversely, manipulations that lower IGF-1 levels in many animal species slow their rates of aging, reduce the risks of age-related disease and extend their lifespans."

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