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Science

Dog ownership decreases mortality following a heart attack

Canine lovers will be pleased, though probably not surprised, to hear about the results of two recent studies reporting the apparent health benefits of dog ownership. A Swedish study looked at data from over 330,000 people who had either a heart attack or a stroke between 2001 and 2012. They found that, for people who […]

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TV

The Dog House

Channel 4’s new documentary series has been described as ‘a dating show for pets’, as it follows the employees of Wood Green, The Animals Charity. The show tells the stories of different people and families that are looking for their new best friends. Differing from some documentaries that follow animal adoption, The Dog House makes […]

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Science

How crowdsourcing DNA solved the mystery of Huskies’ blue eyes

The piercing blue eyes of a Siberian Husky finally have a genetic explanation thanks to crowdsourcing of dog DNA. Researchers from a company called Embark compared the genetic codes from over 6,000 dogs and found that a duplication in chromosome 18 results in vibrant blue eyes. This duplication is mainly found in Siberian Huskies, suggesting […]

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Science

Test yourself on your dog knowledge: it’s for science

Do you think you know dogs? Then test yourself, for science! Everyone who is familiar with dogs can tell you that their behaviour is largely related to their breed. Chihuahuas will generally shout at nothing, Rottweilers are strong, and Border Collies are incredibly smart.  But what about when we meet mixed breed dogs? Due to […]

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Science

The benefits of fur-weather friends in childhood development

A recent analysis suggests that owning a pet in childhood aids in a child’s development. Relationships with others are a key contributor to childhood development, and researchers wanted to find out whether this influence was limited to humans, or whether pets also had a role to play. Studies have shown that children who are not […]

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Science

Flat-faced dogs: so adorable they can hardly breathe

French bulldogs, as well as other flat-faced dogs, might not be a responsible choice when deciding on a pet. In fact, veterinarians are urging pet-owners to withhold from purchasing brachycephalic, or short-muzzled dogs, because of their many breed-related deformities. When breeding these fashionable dogs, professionals look for specific DNA variations that result in shortened skulls. […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People

There are many dog lovers out there, so the first thing that must be said to stop tongues wagging in vain is that there are no dogs in this show. No real ones anyway – they can be heard, and there is an impersonation, but no real ones. Disappointing perhaps, but this show from Rosalind […]

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Sport

Is there an ethical problem with dog participation in sport?

Dog sport is a rapidly expanding field, with a Wikipedia page listing over 20 distinct sports for dogs alone, including activities like dog surfing, scootering, rally obedience and Jack Russell hurdle racing. Dogs have partaken in sports for centuries with activities like dogsledding – or even millenniums if hunting is considered a sport; however, these […]