How to calculate your dog’s age?
Dogs age at different rates compared to humans, but the simple rule of 7 dog years to 1 human year is far from accurate.
But new research shows that young puppies age much faster than young humans do, so that simple one-to-seven year ratio is wrong.
A 1-year-old dog is more “like a 30-year-old human,” one scientist said.
As dogs get older, they age more slowly.
If humans actually aged seven times slower than dogs, then many of us would be able to reproduce at age seven and live to be 150 years old. Obviously, that’s not the case.
The reason that dogs can reach full sexual maturity after only one year of being born is because our canine friends age faster during the first two years of their lives than humans do.
Even this general statement is slightly off since smaller breeds tend to mature faster than larger breeds.
Compared to humans, dogs age more quickly at the beginning of their lives and slower toward the end. Therefore, calculating your dog’s age relative to yours is a bit tricky, but luckily it’s possible.
Since smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds, it’s important to calculate your dog’s age according to the right category: small (9.5kgs or less), medium (9.6kgs-22kgs), large (23kgs-40kgs), or giant (over 41kgs).
Although the origins of the seven-year myth is unknown, people have been trying to find a good way to calculate dog years in human years since the 1200s. One of the earliest examples of this is an inscription at Westminster Abbey that dates back to the year 1268 and calculates that one human year is equivalent to nine dog years, which was part of some strange way to calculate the end of the world in the 1200s.
Ultimately, one dog year isn’t equal to seven human years. In fact, in order to calculate your dog’s human age equivalent, you’ll need a calculator. The researchers formula is: A dog’s human age = 16 ln * your dog’s age + 31