• What We’ve Been Told Is Wrong

    It's always been said that for every human year a dog is 7 years. Well, not so fast. According to the story at the BBC, that's not true. There are so many types of dogs. It depends on the individual size of the dog. Check out an excerpt from a fine article at BBC.

    A few days later, I was reminded of the oft-quoted statistic that every human year equates to seven dog years. This mental calculation looms more largely in an owner's mind as a dog gets older, and thoughts turn to how long the pet has left.

    But if that stat were really true then Meg would have been 135 years old when she died, which seems very unlikely.

    No human is known to have lived beyond 122.

    So if the seven dog years to one human year is wrong how do we work out an accurate calculation?

    Dogs are the most diverse mammal species on the planet. They can vary in weight from 6 lb (3kg) to 200 lb (90kg) when fully grown and have widely differing body shapes and hair types.

    This also means that there is a lot of variation among breeds in terms of life expectancy. And unexpectedly, small dogs like Meg live longer than big ones.

    How to calculate your dog's true age

    For first two years:

    • 12.5 years per human year for the first two years for small dogs
    • 10.5 years per human year for the first two years for medium-sized dogs
    • 9 years per human year for the first two years for large dogs

    For years 3+:

    • Small: Dachshund (Miniature) 4.32, Border Terrier 4.47, Lhasa Apso 4.49, Shih Tzu 4.78, Whippet Medium 5.30, Chihuahua 4.87, West Highland White Terrier 4.96, Beagle 5.20, Miniature Schnauzer 5.46, Spaniel (Cocker) 5.55, Cavalier King Charles 5.77, Pug 5.95, French Bulldog 7.65
    • Medium: Spaniel 5.46, Retriever (Labrador) 5.74, Golden Retriever 5.74, Staffordshire Bull Terrier 5.33, Bulldog 13.42
    • Large: German Shepherd 7.84, Boxer 8.90

    Read the rest of the article here: BBC News

    Image Source: Pete Markham


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