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My reading of this groups research is that the trend is that many breeds will have ever shortening lives due to the genetics of the breed. It is mathematical and the nature of breeding programs that do not access to clean and new stock.
I would say without any real data to back this up but the average age of a Dobermans life would be 12 years if Heart Disease that afflicted Dobermans is within same percentages of the general dog population.
If the percentage of Dobes who live a shortened life due to DCM increases and that starts pulling the average life lower, at what age do breeders and owners say this is wrong?