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
by LKB123 on 15 May 2017 - 16:05
This is Lori in Baton Rouge with sam. And I wanted u to know when I spoke to peggy in Michigan back in February she told me that her dog Troas is ten now and can still sire a litter naturally. The dogs in our lines have very high sperm counts. If sarge were mine I probably would not worry. Nothing like a little xtra advice tho
by srfwheat on 16 May 2017 - 03:05
by Hickoryhill GSD on 19 May 2017 - 19:05
by Swarnendu on 20 May 2017 - 05:05
Nothing's gonna happen.
by Western Rider on 20 May 2017 - 05:05
Swarendu why would you say that. Giving junk information to someone who needs help is not just not right just because you don't like the question.
No do not leave your male with ANY female in heat unless you want puppies.
by Swarnendu on 20 May 2017 - 06:05
My post was in response to the previous poster's over generalization of relationship between dog & human years, that too after 30 years of breeding experience.
If you believe THAT post, my post also stands. If you don't, I didn't see anything from you to confirm that.
It's not my fault that PDB doesn't have a sarcasm font.
by Western Rider on 20 May 2017 - 06:05
I wish it did too,
I was worried that someone would actually believe your statement and did not want that. You know we have a lot of beginners here with little to no animal husbandry knowledge. We could have puppies galore if not careful of the information that they read.
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