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Quicklook at Dogs by Mel Kavanagh

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Chapter Three: A dog’s life

Dogs live roughly fourteen to sixteen years. Generally the larger the breed the shorter the life span. A ten-year old Great Dane is considered a very old dog.

People often say that one year of a dog’s life is like seven years of a person’s life. There are parallels but this is based on the fact that people lived roughly seven times longer than dogs. Nowadays both people and dogs are living longer. Perhaps a five or six to one ratio is more realistic, since few of us can expect to see 105.

Puppies

Very young puppies are entirely dependent on their mothers for warmth, feeding, toileting and basic survival.

A new born puppy is only able to feel and smell its mother and its littermates. Its hearing and eyesight gradually develop ...

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