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Bad news for naughty dogs

Dogs with undesirable behaviours, such as aggression, running away or over-excitability, are more likely to die at a young age, a new study has found.

The study, by the VetCompass programme at the Royal Veterinary College, found that 33 per cent of deaths in dogs aged under three years were caused by undesirable behaviours. It also found that male dogs and smaller dogs were more likely to die from these behaviours than female or larger dogs.

The study, which was published in Animal Welfare, also found that almost 80 per cent of the dogs that died from an undesirable behaviour were euthanased, raising concerns about the numbers of dogs that are put to sleep due to behavioural issues.

Steve Dean, chairman of the …

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