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Wondering how old is your dog? Most animal lovers may have heard the old adage that one human year equals seven dog years, but the Dogs Trust results show that things are not that simple.
In fact, Dr. Naomi Harvey, Research Manager at Dogs Trust and Honorary Associate Professor of Companion Animal Behavior & Welfare at the University of Nottingham, is reviewing scientific literature on aging in dogs – and that’s very interesting.
What did the research find out?
According to Naomi, Dogs mature faster than we do, with many one-year-old dogs already reaching full adulthood. “Most will be through or nearing puberty, so they’re definitely not the equivalent of a seven-year-old,” added Naomi.
â€œA quick internet search shows that there are many online calculators for dog ages. Most agree that a dog that has just become one equates to a human around the age of 15, although these age calculators generally adjust their calculations based on how long certain breeds are expected to live. “
Naomi concluded that there is evidence that a one-year-old dog is just emerging from puberty (which means it could be compared to a 15-year-old teenager). Elsewhere, she noted that dogs don’t mature until they are two years old (which is around 25 years of age).
Dogs can be expected to enter senior age at the age of seven and be classified as geriatric (a stage of aging where poor health or death is most likely) by the time they turn 12.
Additionally, Naomi found that some breeds live shorter lives than others, so it is common to adjust a dog’s age category based on their breed expectation.
“Certain breeds of dogs are expected to have shorter lifespans, with some, like the Great Dane, having an average life expectancy of just six years in the UK,” explains Naomi. â€œIn terms of health, these dogs are losing weight quickly, which means they will need additional veterinary care when they are much younger than other dogs.
â€œBut while health problems can affect their bodies at a young age, there is no evidence that short-lived breeds literally age as they appear to behave in the same way as other dogs. In other words, short-lived breeds of dogs age not faster, they just die younger. ”
Would you like to calculate the age of your dog? It shows that things are really not as simple as we think …
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