Your Dogs REAL Human Age
It doesn't take a lot of imagination to suppose that most of us are aware of the increased emphasis on health
and longevity practiced by our fiends and neighbors who go to the gym, eat more healthy foods and curtail bad
habits (we all know what they are) that can produce illness and a shortened lifespan.
Same is true for our dogs who have the chance of a longer healthier life with better nutrition, holistic care,
fewer vaccinations, adequate exercise and a healthy emotional environment at home to mention a few criteria.
That being the case, many dogs are living longer and there has been renewed interest in reformulating a more
proper dogs age vs. human age chart than that which has been used for as long as I can remember.
The old and common formula is that Fido lived 7 years for every 1 human year on earth. So, if Fido was born 2
years ago, he was really 14 and so forth.
Well, that may be all going out the window and we believe it is time to shelve the broad classification.
An article in .everydayhealth.com discussed this very point. I won't print the whole thing here but will provide
a few pertinent excerpts.
"...Translating dog years to people years is far from an exact science, especially given the fact that their
life expectancy varies greatly depending on the size and breed.
"Large breed dogs, such as Mastiffs and Newfoundlands, live typically 9 to 11 years while small or toy breeds,
such as Chihuahuas and Toy Poodles, can live 18 to 21 years," says Kenneth Porte, DVM, owner of Tri City Veterinary
Clinic in Vista, Ca......
(and we have seen small breed dogs live well into their mid twenties..MRB)
Timnah Lee, DVM, an associate veterinarian at Tribeca Soho AnimalHospital in New York City, likes to compare a
dog's lifespan to stages of people's lives. For example, a 6-month old puppy is similar to a toddler, testing to
see what he can get away with, putting everything in his mouth, and playing (and sleeping) hard.
A formula espoused by the creators of the BMI age calculator printed at pethealthandcare.com suggests if a
healthy(dog) is being well looked after then you could calculate the age by the size of the dog.
For instance, if the dog is small in stature then multiply thehuman years it has lived by three to get its age
in dog years.
If it is a medium dog, then multiply it by four. For a large dog, you can use a multiple of six and for really
large dogs; themultiple factor that can be used is eight. "
While genes are an important factor in determining how long your dog will live we know that those factors that
have impacted all of us,human and canine alike for the last several decades at least are also important
As stated, good nutrition, exercise, lower levels of negative stress, a loving and stable home environment and
adequate holistic and preventative care are all factors that help maintain a strong and vibrant immunology for dog
and man alike.
What better reasons could there be to take good care of your best friend and yourself than the knowledge that
you will both have the best chance of a long, healthy and happy life together for many years to come?