Current lifespan patterns in dogs

What do we know and how do we know it?

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”
~Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Old age is just one factor when considering canine lifespans. Photo: Bigstock/Reddogs
How long should a dog live? The obvious answer for any dog lover is, of course, “Forever!” Unfortunately, since this does not appear possible, we must settle for trying to understand the current patterns of longevity in dogs, including lifespan, causes of death, and the variables that may influence these. There is a substantial body of research investigating longevity and mortality in dogs, and we are beginning to develop sufficient knowledge to enable us to understand, and even influence, how long dogs live.

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