University of Georgia researchers say 1 to 7 is no longer a correct way to tell how old your dog is.  The results of their new study now can give you a more accurate way to tell how old your dog is.  They say that the four legged member of your family ages at a different rate, depending on it's size.

 

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On small dogs, their aging slows down as they get older.  The first two years are each worth 12 and a half years.  After that you've got to calculate by breed.  Dachshunds are 4.32 a year...Chihuahuas are 4.87...Cocker Spaniels are 5.55...and French Bulldogs calculate at 7.65 per year.

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The rules for Medium sized friends start out with 10 and a half years for the first 2 years.  Then, again, it's by breed.  Labrador Retrievers are 5.74...Pit Bulls come in  at 5.33, and Bulldogs are 13.42 years.

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Big Dogs are nine years for the first two years.  Then, breed takes over.  German Shepherds are 7.84 a year, and Boxers are 8.9.

For a more in-depth look into this study, pick up a copy of the current issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine