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Interesting article Dave. Like other statistical studies, there seems to be an association of longer lifespans for neutered/spayed dogs, however I'm not sure that it is a causal relationship. More studies need to be done. I for one know that in certain cultures, such as with some minority groups, it is not common to spay and neuter pets. This can be due to cultural influences as well as monetary (it costs money to have the procedure done). Also, many of these pets are viewed as "street" or "outside" animals, and are less likely to have proper vaccinations and needed medical care, so these intact dogs are at higher risk of death when compared to other intact dogs of socioeconomic owners. Maybe a breakdown of that also in comparison with the intact/non intact.