Dogs help improve the health of people – and some more than others

Dogs help improve the health and longevity of people’s lives – and some dogs help more than others, says a new study. New research shows that certain dog breeds are more beneficial for humans than other breeds.

Previous studies have shown that dogs, and dog ownership, can reduce people’s risk of heart disease. A study published in Scientific Reports confirms this and explores which dog breeds are more conducive to improved health for humans.

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CREATURE FEATURE: East African Black-Backed Jackal

The East African Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas schmidti) is a canid of East Africa, including Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

Canis means dog, and mesomelas means middle black. It looks like a fox or dog, but with large pointed ears, and a pointed snout. It has reddish fur, a white chest, and a distinct black back from neck to bushy tail.

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The Dingo (Canis dingo or Canis lupus dingo) is mammal, and a wild (non-domesticated) canid – a member of the canine or dog family. Therefore, they are similar to dogs, but they have a longer nose, longer canine teeth, and a flatter head than most dogs.

Unlike dogs that have many colours, the dingo only has sandy coloured fur with white patches. Its fur is soft and short. They have a bushy tail. The hotter their habitat, the bushier their tail.

Dingoes are native to Australia, where they live in a range of habitats, such as deserts, grasslands, and forests.

They are the largest terrestrial predator in Australia, and they are the size of a medium-sized domestic dog.

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Dog and Pony Show

What is a dog and pony show?

A dog and pony show is an event that has been organized to gain people’s support or to hope that they buy something.

For example, a celebrity who wants to promote their film to a group of fans or journalists is said to put on a dog and pony show by talking about the movie or giving away free products from the movie.


Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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