Dogs are known to be loyal and a man's best friend.
The study-conducted over 12 years by researchers at Uppsala University, which is basically Sweden's Harvard-analyzed 3.4 million Swedish people between the ages of 40 and 80, and found that in particular people who own hunting breeds got the most health benefits from owning a dog.
A new study has reaffirmed what dog lovers have long suspected. Compared with people living in multiperson households without a dog, the risk of death in individuals in multiperson homes with a dog was 11% lower and their risk of cardiovascular death decreased by 15%.
Researchers believed canine pets help to lower loneliness, which has been described as "akin to a chronic long-term condition" and linked to disorders including heart disease. But their risk of a heart attack was not reduced by owning a dog. People who own a dog may live longer and be healthier due to their pooches.
"Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households", Mubanga said in the news release. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study.
Bond commented that owners of hunting breeds may be getting more exercise because these dogs are more active as opposed to small dogs who do not require as much exercise. When compared with single individuals without a dog, single dog owners experienced a 33% decreased risk of death. "Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner", epidemiologist Tove Fall added.
"We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results". But the authors of the study attempted to clarify the reasons further. And if you do have a dog, well done, now get another.
It's because they're the best god damn pets in the world.