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Great news! I think dogs age at different rates (even within a single breed) just like people do. So I don't think there needs to be any hard-and-fast rule on ages. But I do know, from a training perspective, even for longer lived smaller breeds, between 8-10 years old you need to start to think about them slowing down a bit and give more consideration to joint health.
One of the venues I compete in (WCR) has a "veteran dog" class. These classes have no jumps and a limited number of sits and downs to lessen wear and tear on older joints.
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