How Old is Your Dog? Easily Convert Dog Years to Human Years

Do you still believe that one dog year correspond to 7 human years? It turns out, that's a myth. If you are still wondering how old your dog really is, now it's time to find it out.

16 November 2017

Laura

Do you still believe that one dog year correspond to 7 human years? It turns out, that’s a myth. If you are still wondering how old your dog really is, now it’s time to find it out.

Do you know how dog years are calculated?

Dog years can be calculated correctly only if you take into consideration several factors. Your dog’s weight and size play a major role here. The truth is that big and heavy dogs age faster than smaller dogs and don’t have the same average lifespan. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together a table that explains how to easily convert your dog’s years into human years:

Dog years to human years - Overview

While some large dogs like the Great Dane reach their senior life phase at 6 or 7 years old, small-sized dogs at the same age may still be in their adolescence! Large dogs have the disadvantage that their cells divide faster, making them more vulnerable to suffering from malignant tumors.

How can I make my dog live longer?

To estimate the number of years that your dog will live, you have to take several factors into consideration. It goes without saying that a healthy lifestyle, which includes plenty of exercise is what your dog needs to live as long as possible. Here are four things you should strive for, to ensure that your dog lives a long and healthy life:

  • A nutritious and balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Paw/nail grooming and care
  • The healthy dose of attention

You can contribute best by taking all of these aspects into consideration in your day to day life with your dog.

I have adopted an adult dog: how old is my dog now?

If you have adopted a dog when he or she was an adult already, you are most likely unaware of his/her age. In order to determine how old your dog is, visit your local veterinarian. Most of the time your veterinarian can accurately estimate your dog’s years. Based on your dog’s teeth, bones, muscles, organs, and general health condition, you will be able to find out how old your dog is.


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