Figuring out your dog’s age in “human years.”

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the first eight months of a dog’s life equals 13 years in human terms — birth to puberty, in other words.

At a year, a dog’s a teenager, equivalent to a 16-year-old human, with a little filling out still to do. Then, after the age of 2, when a dog’s about 21 in human terms, every dog year equals approximately five human ones.

These are ballpark estimates, however, because different dogs age at very different rates. Giant breeds such as Great Danes are senior citizens at 6; a Labrador may be considered old at 8. A little dog like the Pomeranian, however, could behave like a healthy adult into her teens.


Information shown above is provided by the Veterinary Information Network (VIN.com) , an online service for veterinary professionals.

More information can be found at www.veterinary-partner.com

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