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Old 04-29-2013, 03:48 PM
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I am probably stepping in it but why is it always presented as quality vs quantity? The ideal is both.
Yes, I would hope for both, but when it came to Mitsu it was Quality over Quantity. It was adventures and fun over being stuck on kennel rest to extend her life.

I want both, but I am not going to base what breeds I am going to bring into my home just because they are shorter lived. If that makes sense.
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Ah I see I misunderstood what you meant. I thought it was in reference to the dog's quality of life versus quantity.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:32 PM
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I have two dogs whom we bought when we thought their lines were healthy, and then cardio and liver diseases started taking the lives of quite a few of my dogs' relatives. That is hard sometimes, just knowing that my dogs are 4 and 5 and a good handful of their closest relatives just died between 5-7 years old. If that had happened prior to buying my dogs, we likely wouldn't have considered either of them... but then again, their breeder wouldn't have bred these last couple of litters had she known, so I guess it's a moot point. But yeah, having had dogs die young and now owning two dogs who very likely could die young as well, longevity is important to me and thankfully the breeds I do like tend to live decently long lives (10-14yrs on average).

I won't say that longevity is one of the first things I look at, but it is a consideration.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:59 PM
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Yes, longevity plays a role in my decision making, which is why I'm staying away from Standard Poodles for a long time. The breed (at least in North America) is f'ed up big time. Breeders are recommending gastropexy as a preventative measure instead of addressing the issue at the core...so messed up.

Anyways, yes, if I'm buying from a breeder, I look at longevity and health and those are key factors in my decision. It's a crap shoot because anything could happen, but as others have said, I want to stack the deck in my favour.
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Yes and no. I mean, they have no concept of mortality or lifespan. And it breaks my heart whether they die at 5 or 10 or 15.

But you know, I'd rather have my heart broken as few times as possible in my lifetime. And I love and want these dogs, not "a" dog, so if I could just keep them forever I'd be ok with that.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:18 PM
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I'm really starting to take it into consideration. When I had the danes, I can think of at least a dozen times where I would seriously think about when they were going to die and how that would feel and what life would be like without them. This happened because I knew they weren't going to last very long.

I don't think like that with Zuma and Zinga. I just don't. It doesn't pop up into my mind like it did with the danes. I don't like thinking about those things and ultimately it led to a lot of anxiety and over-protectiveness on my part.
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