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How do you calculate a dog’s age in human years?

This is right in the top 5 of the questions I am asked most often.

The common belief tends to compare each year of a dog’s life to 7 of those of humans; this is an overly approximate type of calculation and does not take into account many factors such as:

  • cut it
  • race
  • age
  • supply
  • type of physical activity

“A year” is and remains an objective and immutable unit of measurement during which enormous changes can occur in a dog’s physiology and, depending on which particular year we are considering, the significance of these changes can vary substantially. The idea of ​​being able to compare it to x number of human years remains rather inconclusive, especially since the speed with which the canine organism develops, changes a lot according to the stage of life who is going through.

To better understand this concept, it will also be necessary to take into consideration the average life span of a dog comparing that of a small dog to those of medium, large and giant dogs.

In general, the smaller the size of the dog, the longer it will be.

Average age of a dog

short-coated tan dog lying on soil
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