The size-life span trade-off decomposed: why large dogs die young.

@article{Kraus2013TheSS,
  title={The size-life span trade-off decomposed: why large dogs die young.},
  author={Cornelia S. Kraus and Samuel Pavard and Daniel E. L. Promislow},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2013},
  volume={181 4},
  pages={492-505}
}
Large body size is one of the best predictors of long life span across species of mammals. In marked contrast, there is considerable evidence that, within species, larger individuals are actually shorter lived. This apparent cost of larger size is especially evident in the domestic dog, where artificial selection has led to breeds that vary in body size by… CONTINUE READING