How Old Is My Dog in People Years? Hint: You Don’t Just “Multiply by 7”

To calculate your dog’s age in human years, you simply need to multiply his age by seven, right? For instance, if a dog is 6 years old, one might assume that his age would be equivalent to a 42-year-old human.

Turns out, the math isn't that simple. To determine your dog’s “human” age, you need to take a few more factors into account.

Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on. So the first year of your pooch's life is equal to about 15 human years.

Size and breed also play a role. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones, but they may mature more quickly in the first few years of life.

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A huge pup might age more slowly at first, but be nearing middle age at 5. Tiny and toy breeds don't become “seniors” until around age 10. Medium-sized pooches are somewhere in the middle on both counts.

Watch the video on the next page to see the full scope of what we mean.

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