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Vet Explains How To Count Dog Years And It Appears 1 Human Year Is Not Equal To 7 Dog Years
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Vet Explains How To Count Dog Years And It Appears 1 Human Year Is Not Equal To 7 Dog Years

Pets are an endless source of joy and comfort for many. Some find taking care of a small critter fulfilling, others lean towards dogs that they can be active with, and then there are those who like cats and their general independence. Basically, there’s a pet for every type of personality, and people are largely thankful for the companionship, reciprocating the unconditional love with dedicated care.

And it will likely surprise no one that one of the most popular pets around the globe is a dog! These pets can accompany you for majority of your life; they can watch you grow up just as much as you document their journey. Dogs often become full-fledged members of the family, so their birthdays become as much of a milestone as your own. But here’s the hard truth—their cake day holds more significance than many imagine.

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A veterinarian debunks the idea that 1 human year equals 7 dog years

Image credits: Dr. Hunter Finn

Image credits: Dr. Hunter Finn

A video went viral on TikTok, made by veterinarian Dr. Hunter Finn. It was viewed 4.2m times and unfortunately, it’s not about dog petting techniques. “Okay, so you know that one saying that one human year equals seven dog years?” said Dr. Finn. “It’s not true.” Dr. Finn informed people that the largely prevalent idea that dogs age according to the formula of 1 human year=7 dog years is actually wrong. In fact, 1 human year means your dog has aged to the equivalent of 31 human years!

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A 1-year-old dog equals 31 years in human years, but the aging scales down with time

Image credits: Dr. Hunter Finn

Image credits: Dr. Hunter Finn

While the 1=31 might seem scary, there’s no need to panic (much)! “A 1-year-old dog equals a 31-year-old human,” the veterinarian continued. “And a 2-year-old dog is 49.” So we can rejoice that a 2-year-old doggie is not secretly a 62-year-old. In fact, a 7-year-old dog is equal to 62 years in age, and an 8-year-old dog is 64. The aging slows down with years, which can provide some relief to dog owners. This calculation might be a blow to some people, especially with senior dogs in the families, but information such as this serves a very important purpose—education.

When you know the dog’s age, you can act accordingly and take care of it better

Image credits: Dr. Hunter Finn

Image credits: Dr. Hunter Finn

Think of it like this—the older you are, the more closely you have to monitor your health. When you could climb a tree in a minute when you were 10, at the age of 40, you might find yourself struggling. Over time, the body becomes less nimble and there is a plethora of other problems. It’s exactly the same for your dog! If the pooch is nearing his 5th birthday, his health is closer to that of a 50-year-old man, so it’s likely he needs more monitoring and frequent checkups.

The new calculations have a scientific study behind them

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Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine released a study that focuses on a method for determining the age of a cell, tissue, or organism. The created formula is transferrable across species and shows that dogs mature and age quite rapidly during their first years, reaching human-based maturity in less than a year. “This makes sense when you think about it—after all, a nine-month-old dog can have puppies, so we already knew that the 1:7 ratio wasn’t an accurate measure of age,” said senior author Trey Ideker.

But there’s no truly definitive research in the field right now

The discussion about dog ages is ongoing both between dog owners and scientists themselves. All the way back in 2013, an article appeared in The American Naturalist magazine about a study that found bigger dog breeds age faster than smaller dogs. For large dogs, adult life is in fast motion, which results in them dying young, but there’s no answer as to why.

The American Kennel Club calculates that 1 human year is 12-15 for a dog

A few years ago, even the American Kennel Club chimed in on the topic, stating smaller dogs age approximately 15 years in one human year, while bigger dogs age 12 years in the same time. However, according to them, these numbers switch places as time goes by, meaning bigger dogs will reach older age faster: after 5 human years, small dogs have reached 36, while big dogs would be 45. And then there are the middle calculations for the in-between breeds.

Image credits: American Kennel Club

Naturally, people online were both amazed and concerned by the conflicting news

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m calling false. A 2 year old dog is a puppy, last I checked, children don’t become adults after 40 some years. This would also cancel out the 7 year myth, it’d be closer to 6 years. Due to puppies no longer being considered puppies after 3. 6 * 3 = 18. Adult. But, it’s actually measured per revolution of the sun, so 1 “human year” is equal to 1 “dog year”, they just live shorter lives

Dill
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1 year ago

Breeds vary too much. If you have one breed that only lives 8 or 9 years (like Irish Wolfhounds) and another that lives nearly twice that (eg terrier breeds) then the calculations fall apart instantly. Sexual maturity also varies. A chihuahua, bichon or Yorkshire terrier puppy will stop being a puppy around 10 months. Large or giant breeds won’t stop being puppies until they reach 18 months. Totally agree that being able to breed does not mean they should. As I said, far too varied.

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Shelp
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1 year ago

I don't think we can really compare things that are that different. People want to know how old their dog would be if it was a man, but that's purely mundane. What really counts is to know what the dog needs at which age, and to take good care of him, regardless of how old of a humane being he would be.

Johnny
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1 year ago

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Isn't that the point of this? So you know whether your dog should be treated like you would a 40 year old or 60 year old person?

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Zedrapazia
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1 year ago

This guy tells bullshit. This might be right for small dog breeds as a chihuahua, but it definitely doesn't work for all dogs. The Boerboel mastiff I used to care for was an adult with 2.5 years, what would mean according to his calculation he'd be already an adult human with 1 year. Nonsense

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m calling false. A 2 year old dog is a puppy, last I checked, children don’t become adults after 40 some years. This would also cancel out the 7 year myth, it’d be closer to 6 years. Due to puppies no longer being considered puppies after 3. 6 * 3 = 18. Adult. But, it’s actually measured per revolution of the sun, so 1 “human year” is equal to 1 “dog year”, they just live shorter lives

Dill
Community Member
1 year ago

Breeds vary too much. If you have one breed that only lives 8 or 9 years (like Irish Wolfhounds) and another that lives nearly twice that (eg terrier breeds) then the calculations fall apart instantly. Sexual maturity also varies. A chihuahua, bichon or Yorkshire terrier puppy will stop being a puppy around 10 months. Large or giant breeds won’t stop being puppies until they reach 18 months. Totally agree that being able to breed does not mean they should. As I said, far too varied.

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Shelp
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think we can really compare things that are that different. People want to know how old their dog would be if it was a man, but that's purely mundane. What really counts is to know what the dog needs at which age, and to take good care of him, regardless of how old of a humane being he would be.

Johnny
Community Member
1 year ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Isn't that the point of this? So you know whether your dog should be treated like you would a 40 year old or 60 year old person?

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Zedrapazia
Community Member
1 year ago

This guy tells bullshit. This might be right for small dog breeds as a chihuahua, but it definitely doesn't work for all dogs. The Boerboel mastiff I used to care for was an adult with 2.5 years, what would mean according to his calculation he'd be already an adult human with 1 year. Nonsense

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