We have all heard the age old “tail” that each dog year is seven human years but is that the truth?
I was sitting at the kitchen table watching my one year old dog play with his toys. As I sat there watching him play and acting like a little kid on christmas with his new toy, I wondered how old he actually is in human years. So I decided to do some research to find out if the old myth was true.
It turns out that we have all been lied to! One dog year does not equal seven human years. In fact, the conversion is much different than 7:1.
Since dog’s age much more quickly they we do, their first year is actually equal to 15 of our years.
Find out how old your dog is with our age conversion chart and calculator below.
Which breeds live the longest?
Smaller dogs age the slowest and tend to live much longer than their bigger counterparts. Below I’ve listed the top 5 longest living dog breeds.
- New Guinea singing dog (18 years)
- Chihuahua (17 years)
- Toy poodle (16 years)
- Jack Russell terrier (16 years)
- Cockapoo (16 years)
Which breeds live the shortest?
A new study
- Dogue de Bordeaux (5-8 years)
- Great Dane (6-8 years)
- Bernese Mountain Dog (6-8 years)
- Irish Wolfhound (6-10 years)
- Neapolitan Mastiff (7-9 years)
How Old is My Dog in Human Years?
Dog Age Chart
Around the age of 7, most dogs enter their senior stage of life. Dog’s in their senior years are more likely to develop these health issues:
- kidney disease
- heart disease
Even though I wish our dogs could live our entire lives, the fact is they age much more quickly than we do. That’s why it’s important to give them great diet and nutrition but also a happy, healthy, and full life.
Sources: AKC, Pet Health Network, Pets WebMD
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