Shy Obedient Dogs Live Longer Lives

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Postby amazincc » May 26th, 2010, 4:39 am

http://www.pawnation.com/2010/05/25/shy ... ger-lives/

It's bad news for the snarling, angry dog on the corner, but good news for the mailman he terrorizes. Scientists have discovered that bold, aggressive dogs live much shorter lives than shy, obedient pooches, the New York Times reports.

Vincent Careau, of the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and his colleagues came to that conclusion by comparing numerous dog breeds based on their personalities. For example, poodles are ranked as 29 percent more docile than boxers, and Careau's team found that poodles are four times more likely than boxers to live past age 10.

Beyond simply looking at aggressiveness, the researchers also found that the most obedient breeds, such as German shepherds, poodles, and bichon frises, live considerably longer than hard-to-train dogs such as beagles and pomeranians, according to New Scientist. Careau used personality data based on a 1995 psychology study that ranked dog personalities, the New York Times reports, and also compared dogs of similar size.

Call it karma, or a mere accident of selective breeding, but for dogs, it seems, it pays to be good.


Uhm... okay then. I guess my dogs are doomed. Absolutely not a smidgen of shyness to be found in either one of them, and obedience is kinda sketchy... lol :rolleyes2: :crazy2:

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Postby hugapitbull » May 26th, 2010, 4:50 am

I'm thinking Duke is doomed also ;)
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Postby TheRedQueen » May 26th, 2010, 9:26 am

I've told everyone that my Inara is going to live forever...(she's made a pact with satan, I believe...sold her soul)...this just proves it. ;)

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Postby PetieMarie22 » May 26th, 2010, 10:07 am

Do you think this goes for cats as well? I have a very shy cat. But as for my other cat and Petie, they are the definition of "not shy"
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Postby TinaMartin » May 26th, 2010, 10:52 am

My not shy Shepherd/Boxer mix lived till 16 so I dont buy it.
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Postby airwalk » May 26th, 2010, 11:31 am

Ummmm Poodles...shy....obedient....all I can say is they've obviously never met Magic, and he's going to live forever as my torment.
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Postby amazincc » May 26th, 2010, 1:43 pm

airwalk wrote:Ummmm Poodles...shy....obedient....all I can say is they've obviously never met Magic, and he's going to live forever as my torment.



I immediately thought of you and Magic, Diana... :giggle:
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Postby hugapitbull » May 26th, 2010, 5:27 pm

amazincc wrote:I immediately thought of you and Magic, Diana... :giggle:


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Postby mnp13 » May 27th, 2010, 11:06 am

Just from the title, I thought it was because the owners weren't going to strangle them. :|
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