Do You Know Your Dog’s Real Age?

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Although many people still believe that one human year equals seven dog years, there is no scientific basis for such a claim. If it were true, humans would be able to reproduce at the age of seven and lots of us would live for 150 years.

Since a dog’s typical lifespan can be anywhere from 8 to 16 years and different breeds live longer than others, how can we equal one human year to seven dog years?

In 1953, a French scientist, Lebeau, concluded that dogs mature at different rates during their lives. He established that they mature 15-20 times quicker than humans in the first stage of their lives, but that tempo slows down to a ratio of one to five. That means that, on average, one human year is equivalent to four dog years. Basically, your pooch is probably a lot younger than you thought!

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