Study measures the life-expectancy cost of size among big dog breeds

03/6/2013 | LiveScience.com

Large-breed dogs age faster than small-breed dogs, and larger breeds' risk of death increases more with age than it does for small breeds, according to a recent study of 56,000 dogs representing 74 breeds. The study found that a 4.4-pound increase in body weight is associated with lowered life expectancy by one month. The researchers plan to study the leading causes of death among large-breed dogs.

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