People love dogs. We feed them lobster, take them to spas, sleep with them in our beds, buy them sweaters and booties, and delight in all but their pooping. To those with no canine, this adoration appears absurd, expensive, and gross. The investment, though, may be worth it. Dog ownership, new research shows, is a form of natural insurance offering health and longevity, along with the affection of an animal companion.
A study published in the journal Scientific Reports on Nov. 17 analyzed data on the health of 3.4 million Swedes over 12 years and compared it to data about dog ownership on the required national pet register. Of the millions of Swedes’ whose health records were analyzed, 13% owned canines, and of those, the dog owners between 40 and 80 years old tended to live longer than those in a similar age group who did not own dogs.
One of the …