Non-invasive “Liquid Biopsy” Blood Tests Help Detect Cancer in Dogs

Cancer is a leading cause of death in dogs. Some breeds are at higher risk than others of getting some form of cancer, so a new early detection blood test is offering pet owners hope. The CANcer Detection in Dogs (CANDiD) study has been evaluating the performance of a liquid biopsy blood test that uses … Continue reading Non-invasive “Liquid Biopsy” Blood Tests Help Detect Cancer in Dogs

Archaeologists Say Ancient Dogs were Bred for Large Size to Protect Livestock

New archaeological evidence shows that the size of domestic dogs doubled between 8,000 and 2,000 years ago when early European farmers began breeding large livestock guardian dogs (similar to today’s Anatolian Shepard Dog and Great Pyrenees breeds). Dog domestication goes as far back as 30,000 years ago, and these early dogs were likely the size … Continue reading Archaeologists Say Ancient Dogs were Bred for Large Size to Protect Livestock

Study Shows that Breed is a Poor Predictor of an Individual Dog’s Behavior

The citizen science organization Darwin’s Ark sequenced the DNA of over 2,000 purebred and mixed breed dogs to study how genetics intersect with breed characteristics. The findings show that while genes are closely associated with physical traits, genetics is not a reliable predictor of any given dog’s personality. The Darwin’s Ark study surveyed over 18,000 … Continue reading Study Shows that Breed is a Poor Predictor of an Individual Dog’s Behavior

Analysis of Pet Insurance Claims Shows Canine Cancer Rates

The Nationwide pet insurance company recently published a white paper that analyzed cancer claim data for over 1.6 million dogs between the years 2015 to 2021. What does the analysis reveal about the incidence of cancer in dogs? Here are a few highlights from the study, which focused on the 25 most popular breeds in … Continue reading Analysis of Pet Insurance Claims Shows Canine Cancer Rates