Local Animal Expert Debunks ‘1 Year = 7 Dog Years’ Rule
If one year equals seven dog years, then my black lab is 112, and probably the oldest dog ever to dart long distances after a tennis ball like her life depends on it.
Something isn't right there.
So, it was neat yesterday when my longtime friend Andrea, who's a veterinary scholar (and clinical instructor at CSU) posted on Facebook that she's been telling people for years that the 7-to-1 rule is false.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, it's not that simple. It goes like this:
- The first year of a medium-sized dog equals about 15 human years. So they go from infant to adolescent almost immediately.
- Second year? About nine years to them.
- From the third year on, it gets easier: 'Ruff'-ly five years for every actual year.
While that may still seem simple enough, it's not. Because smaller dogs live longer, whereas some larger canines are lucky to celebrate the ol' 1-0. So that skews the equation greatly.
My head hurts. Let's get back to a more comfortable conversation (profane but awesome.)