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by srfwheat on 16 February 2017 - 22:02

With all jokes aside - much of what was said about the original topic does make sense when I think of how my own son and daughters have all (grown up) matured over the years. I am particularly interested in Handmutter's comment which was, "I do wonder about this - whether the longevity of the particular 'family' of dogs is in any way a factor; does a slow-maturing dog usually live, on average, for more years, or doesn't that make any difference?" That, to me, is an excellent question. I know there are many factors that determine longevity in German Shepherds such as living conditions, feeding, overall health, inherited problems, etc. What I just said, though, doesn't answer Handmutter's question as his question is about whether or not slow-maturing dogs have a longer lifespan. 

by beetree on 17 February 2017 - 03:02

The maturity rate of canines is related to body size. "Large dogs grow considerably faster and take longer to reach adult weight."(Kirkwood 1985:Favier et al. 2001)


We conclude that large dogs die young mainly because they age quickly.


by Hundmutter on 17 February 2017 - 06:02

@ sffwheat - unless someone does some proper research in that direction, I guess we'll never really know. I just wondered if anyone's experience over time with a lot of GSDs had led them to conclude that it might; have been thinking back over dogs I have known, but cannot find any obvious connection between slower-maturing dogs (or females, for that matter) and the dogs i've had in my care who were particularly long-lived. I have been very lucky in that many of mine have 'gone into double figures' so the right environment was being provided; but having said that, not all their offspring (where they have had any) have always been so lucky, even when these stayed home rather than go to live with other people.


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