Dog Years


Dog Years

You are fond of dogs! Yes, it’s quite natural to go for puppies but will you be able to differentiate between the youngest and the older than the youngest. Good! It is thought provoking to know the exact age of your pet. Why, because of the fact that the tender one is more flexible and curious to learn things quicker than the older one.

Facts about Dog Years

The age of human and dog is in the ratio of 1:7. However, the first year of a dog’s age corresponds to 15 years of our age because development is awesome in the very first year of a puppy. The size of a dog breed is inversely proportional to its life expectancy and longevity. A smaller breed is gifted to live a longer life than the larger dog breeds. But the smaller breeds mature earlier than the larger breeds, leaving paltry scope for the law of readiness to learn, in psychological terms. Though the larger breeds are said to have become older at the age of 5 years old, they are not matured at that age which is converse in the case of smaller breeds.

Common Dog sizes

Smaller dogs – ranging from 21 lbs or even lesser

Medium dogs – size varying between 22 lbs and 50 lbs.

Larger dogs – ranging from 50 lbs or greater

How to Estimate Dog Years

Assessing the teeth of dogs is the first step in finding their age in dog years. The 1st 8 weeks after birth is a concluding period of development of all the baby teeth. But by the 7th month, the permanent teeth finally get the suckling teeth replaced. With the completion of first 2 years, white colored teeth tend to get discolored to yellow shades and dullness is also apparent. Further, 3-5 years old usually exhibit tartar and worn out teeth. 10-15 years old show tartar piled up over teeth and heavily worn out teeth. It is possible that a vet would easily spell out your dog’s age just by seeing the muscular strength, joint range of motion and bone density.

The older dogs usually suffer from general debility. You may be unhappy that your dog fails to listen to your command but in fact it might be because of its diminishing pattern of vision and audition involving other physiological ailments related to aging process. Due to muscular weakness and joint pain, it may be reluctant to jog with you. Don’t worry; it’s all due to natural restraint as a result of aging. First year is the best year in a dog’s life for its ability to learn quicker and get tuned to obey your command to the rest of life. Knowing the dog’s age is not just to know the numbers but the intricacy is that beyond the first year, a dog could not be trained well as its receptivity is inversely proportional to growing older. So train and tame your dog in the very first year of its life which is crucial to develop all the good habits that may be helpful as it grows older.

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