Posted 7 months ago ago
The signs of humans getting older are pretty simple.
Aside from the natural signs of ageing we, of course, celebrate birthdays each year but what about our furry-friends? They don’t tend to know how old they are or what their birth date is.
So, if you haven’t had your doggy since it was a puppy you might not actually know how old they are. To try and help you out, our Team Dogs experts have put together a guide to try and work out how old your pooch is.
As nice as it would be to throw a birthday party for your pet, knowing your canine’s age is much more important than just that.
Having an accurate age helps us decide what to feed them, how to care for them and what health care they might need.
So, take a look at our tips below and see if they might be of use.
A pretty obvious sign of age that gets us all at some point is grey hair. Examining your dog’s coat for grey patches, especially around the muzzle and eyes, could indicate age. Although it is worth mentioning that some breeds may grey earlier than others, some may even be born with a lot more white patches.
Puppies are extremely alert, even the smallest turn of the key in the door leads to them running about in excitement ready to greet their owner. But as they get older you may notice their enthusiasm fade and although that could be because they are lacking in energy, it could also be because they haven’t heard you - hearing loss is a common
indication of age in dogs.
Like us humans, dogs like to take things a little easier as they get older. If you notice them having less energy or struggling with stairs then this could be a sign of age. And we all know how much dogs love a walk so if they don’t show any interest and would instead prefer a nap in their bed then you can be pretty sure your dog is in its later years.
A look into their mouths to inspect their nashers is a good indication of age, especially in their earlier years.
It isn’t until they are four weeks old that dogs start to get teeth, and even then it is only their baby teeth. Their permanent teeth develop at three to four months. But as they get older, it’s the colour that is the biggest giveaway of age. They remain bright and white for the first year but after then can show signs of wear.
Yellow teeth with visible plaque means that your dog is likely to be more than three years old and from there you can try and estimate age based on the wear of the teeth, they wear down over the years.
Older age in dogs can be determined by cracked teeth and tooth loss.
Our eyes might not be as good as they once were as we get older and the same can be said for dogs. As they age, their eyes become cloudy in appearance and they can develop cataracts. Although cloudy eyes don't necessarily mean a loss in vision so it may be best to consult your vet if you’re concerned. This typically starts to appear when your dog is between six and eight years old.
How old is my dog in human years?
A common question many dog owners have about their pets is how their age equates to human years. Have you ever wondered just how old your dog is in human years?
There’s often the misconception that you simply multiply your dog’s age by seven to work out how old they are and although that might be the case for some, it’s not quite that simple.
The first thing to consider when working out how old your dog is is the breed and size. Smaller breeds tend to live longer whereas larger dogs develop a lot quicker due to living shorter lives so therefore have more human years to one dog year.
It’s hard to be too specific on how each year of a dog’s life translates to human years but by its second year, your dog will be a fully-grown adult and typically 24 years old depending on breed.
Each additional year is then multiplied by between 4.3 and 13.4 years according to the UK Kennel Club however this does vary by breed.