What is the real age of dogs?
on Feb 6th 2010
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The "real" age of dogs is....the real age of dogs.
Some people say that one human year is akin to seven dog years. Others even revise this number, allowing for the size of the dog.
But, honestly, dogs age at the rate they age, not at the rate we do.
A young dog is typically characterized as younger than five or six years, middle age is about 7-9 years and old age begins at around 10.
Clearly, this is very different for different dogs. It's all dependent on the individual. Some dogs begin to show sings of age (physical and behavioral) early while others look and act very young well into their teen years.
Jack answered on 2/6/10. Helpful? / 1
Some breeds don't live as long b/c of hereditary medical conditions. The English Mastiff average age is 8 to 10. Its also generally said that the larger the breed, the faster it ages and shorter the lifespan. For example a 12 year old weighing 100 lbs would be 85 years old in human year when a 12 year old 40 lbs dog would only be 70.
Duckie answered on 2/6/10. Helpful? / 1