Evidence Shows Arctic Sled Dogs are the Oldest Dog Breeds

A combination of DNA and fossil evidence is confirming what scientists have long suspected.  Arctic sled dogs have not only been around longer than most dog breeds, they also might be the first known example of our attempts at selective dog breeding. A new DNA study published in the journal Science examined the preserved DNA … Continue reading Evidence Shows Arctic Sled Dogs are the Oldest Dog Breeds

Risk for Heatstroke Rises in Certain Dog Breeds

With summer now in full swing, pet owners need to be more aware of the heat-related dangers that can impact dogs, cats, and other pets.  Did you know that some dog breeds are at higher risk for heatstroke than others? A recent article in Nature’s Scientific Reports studied the incidence and risk factors for heat-related … Continue reading Risk for Heatstroke Rises in Certain Dog Breeds

How Vets and the Public View Pain Sensitivity in Dog Breeds

While we know that different people have varying degrees of tolerance for physical pain, what do veterinarians and members of the public think about pain sensitivity in different dog breeds?  A new study asked both veterinarians and the general public to rate pain sensitivity in 28 dog breeds. The findings show that both owners and … Continue reading How Vets and the Public View Pain Sensitivity in Dog Breeds

“Mysterious Dogs” Podcast Presents Interesting Facts About Dogs

Interested in learning more about your canine companion? Live Science’s “Life’s Little Mysteries” podcast series has gone to the dogs!  The recent “Mysterious Dogs” podcast addresses these common questions about our four-legged friends: How did dogs evolve from wolves? What do dogs dream about? Are dogs really smiling at us? You can also learn more … Continue reading “Mysterious Dogs” Podcast Presents Interesting Facts About Dogs