Ageing: It's a dog's life

Colin Selman*, Daniel H. Nussey, Pat Monaghan

*Corresponding author for this work

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The relationship between size and lifespan is complex. Larger species normally outlive smaller species, but within species smaller individuals generally outlive larger individuals. Research comparing size and mortality in dogs suggests that big dogs die young because they age faster.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R451-R453
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2013


  • body-size
  • die young
  • trade-off
  • span
  • growth
  • longevity
  • nutrition
  • cancer
  • breeds
  • shifts


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