What age is considered a senior?

Share advice for keeping your aging dog happy and healthy

Kashmir- ♥ CGC

Boxer Beach Bum
Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 7:51pm PST 
Well Kashmir turns 6 on November 26 and Zoe will be 10 on December 31. I know that Zoe is a senior, but at what age does a dog become considered a senior?

Black dogs rock!
Barked: Tue Nov 13, '12 3:37am PST 
Here is a link to that very discussion on dogster. I love the chart smile I brought Bunny ,who is 8.5 years old now, to the groomer on the weekend. When she picked him up, she noticed he had lost some muscle mass, so I guess he is getting up there now shh Don't tell him that, he thinks he is still a puppy laugh out loud

http://www.dogster.com/dogs-101/calculate-dog-age-in-dog-year s

Edited for grammar and to say take out the spacessmile

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It's all about- me.
Barked: Fri Mar 15, '13 3:17pm PST 
My Sonja had her 12th birthday Feb. 2nd. hug Still looking good...all be it getting up a little slower these days.


Miss- Pig!
Barked: Fri Mar 15, '13 4:08pm PST 
I'd say anything over 9/10 years is what i would consider a senior, although that doesn't mean they have to act or be treated like one wink
Hucky and- Ringo

Barked: Mon Mar 18, '13 11:14am PST 
I would say it depends on the breed of dog. Large dogs have shorter life spans. So what might be middle aged for a smaller dog would be senior for a larger one.
Cosmos and- Bailey

Biker Dog!
Barked: Mon Apr 15, '13 5:20pm PST 
For small dogs it is 9 years, for large dogs it is 6-7 years, according to my vet. Big dogs tend to have shorter lives due to heart complications, but small dogs have plenty of issues too.

Member Since
Barked: Tue Apr 23, '13 8:19am PST 
A dog's life span will depend on its breed and it is true that most large dogs age faster than the smaller ones. Here is a link that will show you when dogs would eb considered senior depending on their breeds: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/when-is-a-dog-considered-senior/page1.a spx.