The concept saying that a dog’s year is equal to 7 human years is not that accurate. Size and breed will determine the right age of your dog among other clues.
All of us, dogs’ owners, have always heard about the rule of dog’s age. We always thought that a year of dog’s age is equivalent to seven years of ours. It turns out to be not accurate and there are other factors that determine their right age.
Size and breed happened to be the closest factor we can depend on to calculate their age. Having in mind that we calculate their age in comparison to ours, we should know that dogs mature faster than humans especially in early age.
So the first year of your pooch’s life is equal to about 15 human years. Then size will play its role. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones. Though they mature equally fast at first, the differences will start to appear at age 6.
When a canine reaches age 6, a small dog will be the equivalent of 40 human years, while a larger breed will be 45 human years young.
Smaller and bigger dogs differ also when it comes to senior years. Small dogs don’t become senior until around age 10, while bigger dogs start senior age earlier than this.
There are clues that can determine the dog’s age as well, If you have adopted a puppy and you need to know how old is he/she, you can search for these clues. The first and most obvious clue is teeth. Looking at teeth will help determining the dog’s age considering also the difference that can happen due to dental care.
- Until 8 weeks, they will have all baby teeth.
- Starting from 7 months, they will have all permanent teeth clean and white.
- By 1-2 years, teeth are duller.
- By 3-5 years, all teeth may have tartar buildup.
- By 5-10 years, teeth show signs of disease.
There are other clues like cloudy eyes, gray hair, loose skin, and stiff legs.