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It’s my birthday today! I’m 2 years old. Well, two of your ‘human years’.
People say that one year is equivalent to 7 dog years, but is that accurate? And does it apply to all dogs, regardless of size and breed?
Ok, spoiler alert: it’s a generalisation.
On average, across all breeds, sizes, and life expectancy, a dog’s age is 7 times the number of years since birth. But it’s more accurate when you consider the size of the dog, along with the fact that dogs mature faster during their early life than humans do. Have a look at this chart from Rover (click to read the article it came from):
What you’ll see is that generally, for the first few years, the aging process doesn’t have a massive impact on dog years vs human years. For example, a three month old puppy is roughly equivalent to a 4-year-old child. And that makes sense when you think of the things the puppy is doing and learning at that age.
Adolescence is around 9 – 12 months of age, and dogs become ‘adult’ at around 15 – 18 months old. It turns out that today, at age 2, I’m the equivalent of 24 years old in human terms. And that, too, makes sense when you consider that I’m still doing things that are a bit daft; I’m actually at that stage when you people get drunk and bring home traffic cones: young enough to do stupid things, old enough to know better!
The aging process remains similar for dogs of all sizes until around 5 to 6 years of age, at which point large dogs overtake medium dogs and small dogs in terms of their human age. When you look at the chart above, you’ll see that larger dogs reach ‘senior’ status sooner; generally at around 8 years old, whereas small breeds don’t reach that stage until around 11 years of age.
Check out this calculator from Pedigree to see your dog’s human age by relevance to specific breed - how cool is that!
Anyway, as I’ve said, it’s my birthday, so I’d like to go off and play. I’d also love to eat some of my birthday cake from Bonbon Pooch but I have to wait until next week as I’m a bit poorly at the moment so I’m on a bland diet. But next week that cake is getting eaten by me and my doggy pals!
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