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Chihuahua is the longest living dog breed

It's an open secret among dog lovers and dog breeders that smaller breeds generally outlive larger ones. Why this is so, is not generally known. In accordance with this trend, the diminutive Chihuahua is the longest living breed of dog! The breed standard specifies that they can live from 11-18 years of age. However, there are people whose Chihuahuas have...

The dangers of Inbreeding – Dalmatians and hearing loss

Inbreeding of dogs is quite a significant problem. In the quest for getting the "Perfect Dog", breeders try and wipe out variations within breeds, and this leads to a progressively smaller gene pool to choose from. What this means, is that the pups that are born are more likely to have "defective" genes that manifest themselves as congenital conditions. That...