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Survival curves for eight pure breeds. Border collie (dark blue), border terrier (light blue), bulldog (green), French bulldog (red), labrador retriever (orange), mastiff (purple), miniature dachshund (pink) and pug (brown). All purebreds vary significantly from crossbreds (light purple). Liliya Kulianionak/Shutterstock

How long might your dog live? New study calculates life expectancy for different breeds

New research shows that certain breeds tend to live longer than others, and this could help potential owners decide which companion is best for them.
Over the years, more obituaries have grown longer, providing more room to mention a person’s pets, hobbies and passions. (Shutterstock)

Remembered by our pets: More animals are getting a mention in obituaries

Writing an obituary is one of the many things people do when a loved one dies. And animals are more frequently mentioned in the obituaries of their human companions.
A veteran hugs his service dog during a Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Service dogs play vital roles for veterans, but Canada’s lack of standards makes travel and access difficult

Organizations have very different approaches to training service dogs and matching them with veterans. Neither the industry nor Canada’s provinces and territories have come to a consensus on standards.
Indigenous Coast Salish women wove woolly dogs’ fur into blankets. Artist's reconstruction by Karen Carr

Mutton, an Indigenous woolly dog, died in 1859 − new analysis confirms precolonial lineage of this extinct breed, once kept for their wool

Dogs have lived with Indigenous Americans since before they came to the continent together 10,000 years ago. A new analysis reveals the lineage of one 1800s ‘woolly dog’ from the Pacific Northwest.

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