Does One Human Year Equal Seven Years?  

sexyldy1000 59F  
7053 posts
8/11/2020 12:27 pm
Does One Human Year Equal Seven Years?



No one knows for sure where the years versus human years myth came from. Growing up with dogs and later being a owner, it’s what I believed.

In "1953.", a French researcher published a more nuanced version of the rule, based on empirical evidence: dogs age "15." to "20."times faster than humans do during their first year of life, but that ratio soon tapers off to about one year being the equivalent of five human years.

However, evidence soon emerged that life spans are not equivalent and are impacted by different factors.

Size, weight and breed play a role. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones, but they may mature more quickly in the first few years of life. For example, a huge pup might age more slowly at first, but be nearing middle age at "5.". Tiny and toy breeds don't become "seniors" until around age "10." Medium-sized pooches are somewhere in the middle on both counts. To further complicate things, some breeds, like beagles, demonstrate different aging ratios than their equivalent-sized counterparts of different breeds.

So the take home is pretty clear: the "7:1." ratio is a gross oversimplification of how dogs age and simply not factually true.




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Paulxx001 63M
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8/11/2020 12:34 pm

Hmmm... reeeelee... 🤔
I thought someone had no ideas?
Did Molly sign the waver?
She IS, under 18... in human years.


sexyldy1000 59F  
6834 posts
8/11/2020 12:35 pm

The picture above is my beloved Molly, who is a twelve year old, Bernese Mountain Dog / Black Lab. She is looking at me a little bewildered as I wasn't sitting in my usual chair. She has started slowing down - walks aren't as far as they used "to." be and she has less tolerance for yapping little dogs -she simply ignores them.

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69ereatwetpussy 58M
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8/11/2020 1:31 pm

Sorry to say no it changes as your chart shows.
Only way to keep a pet healthy and wise is diet and exercise.
Do not over feed and play play play .
Lot of breeds how a term limits some of them live longer then others but not many.
I've had Goldens from 10- 13 years yet it was cancer they all deid from.
I know a few Goldens that lived till 14 - 16
Bigger dog's life span are shorter
Little dogs seam to live till their 20s
No matter what I live my life like it's their last day love them and give them the best I can.


redrockrascal 62M
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8/11/2020 1:59 pm

And cats are just sitting there asking . . . "so what's yer point"?

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justaguyinalaska 54M  
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8/11/2020 2:20 pm

I am reluctant to view our life expectancy (including our beloved pets) as a scorecard. Whether it is 10 years or 15 years or 90 years, what matters to me is how well we spend the time we have. What is wonderful about pets is that we are able infuse so much quality into their lives and feel it reciprocated.

Throughout my life, I have witnessed dogs and cats be born, mature into boon companions and fade into a twilight of exhaustion, arthritis, dementia and/or cancer. Although it feels as if I lose my best friend every 12 years, I am loath to try and live without the unconditional love that informs our time together.

And- thanks to the information you shared- I am back in first position as the oldest animal in my household!


mc_justmc 60M  
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8/11/2020 4:17 pm

As far as diet, my 2 American Eskimos lived to 16 and 18 yrs of age and they got table scraps every day.


mamacita38dd 42F
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8/11/2020 5:55 pm

Thanks for sharing this with us my friend! Seems Molly is pretty smart as we should all ignore the little yappers... lol

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Pleasure_You01 53M
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8/11/2020 6:37 pm

This is what I like about this website, you never know what someone is going to post next.

I have always had a dog, this latest one is not mine but has attached himself to me. A dog's metabolism is much faster than a human and they have shorter digestive tracts as well. This faster digestive system prevents bacteria gaining hold of them this is why they can eat from bins unlike us humans.

Maybe this explains their shorter lifespan. the faster your metabolism the quicker you burn out through internal organ demand.


easyrider4008 64M
1621 posts
8/11/2020 11:47 pm

My longest lived dog was a Border Collie Cross and she was 15, my Ma had a Poodle 17, I have even known of an Old English Sheep Dog that was14, it seems just as much a lottery for them as for humans.


sexyldy1000 59F  
6834 posts
8/12/2020 1:36 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Hmmm... reeeelee... 🤔
    I thought someone had no ideas?
    Did Molly sign the waver?
    She IS, under 18... in human years.
I didn't have any ideas, until I remembered another member asked if I would investigate and post about this subject. Molly loves having her picture taken so was more than happy to do so. Besides, she can't hold a pen properly

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 1:38 am

    Quoting  :

Hmmm , does that mean the content answered the question?

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 1:41 am

    Quoting 69ereatwetpussy:
    Sorry to say no it changes as your chart shows.
    Only way to keep a pet healthy and wise is diet and exercise.
    Do not over feed and play play play .
    Lot of breeds how a term limits some of them live longer then others but not many.
    I've had Goldens from 10- 13 years yet it was cancer they all deid from.
    I know a few Goldens that lived till 14 - 16
    Bigger dog's life span are shorter
    Little dogs seam to live till their 20s
    No matter what I live my life like it's their last day love them and give them the best I can.
Sounds like you are a true dog lover. Goldens are beautiful dogs too! My previous dog was a 'king' shepherd but cancer got to her at age 9. Otherwise, my dogs have all lived to 14 or 15. No matter what, they are members of our family and their loss is immeasurable.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 1:42 am

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    And cats are just sitting there asking . . . "so what's yer point"?
LOL - that made me laugh out loud

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 1:47 am

    Quoting justaguyinalaska:
    I am reluctant to view our life expectancy (including our beloved pets) as a scorecard. Whether it is 10 years or 15 years or 90 years, what matters to me is how well we spend the time we have. What is wonderful about pets is that we are able infuse so much quality into their lives and feel it reciprocated.

    Throughout my life, I have witnessed dogs and cats be born, mature into boon companions and fade into a twilight of exhaustion, arthritis, dementia and/or cancer. Although it feels as if I lose my best friend every 12 years, I am loath to try and live without the unconditional love that informs our time together.

    And- thanks to the information you shared- I am back in first position as the oldest animal in my household!
I am not into scorecards either, but included one for illustration purposes. Sounds like you are a true animal lover. I was only six months old when my Father brought home our first dog. I can't imagine life with Molly or another 'furry friend' but she likely will be my last.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 1:48 am

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    As far as diet, my 2 American Eskimos lived to 16 and 18 yrs of age and they got table scraps every day.
Wow - that's amazing and certainly refutes everything you hear about not giving dogs 'people food'. No doubt they received a lot of love and attention too!

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 1:49 am

    Quoting mamacita38dd:
    Thanks for sharing this with us my friend! Seems Molly is pretty smart as we should all ignore the little yappers... lol
Isn't that the truth!

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 1:51 am

    Quoting Pleasure_You01:
    This is what I like about this website, you never know what someone is going to post next.

    I have always had a dog, this latest one is not mine but has attached himself to me. A dog's metabolism is much faster than a human and they have shorter digestive tracts as well. This faster digestive system prevents bacteria gaining hold of them this is why they can eat from bins unlike us humans.

    Maybe this explains their shorter lifespan. the faster your metabolism the quicker you burn out through internal organ demand.
Interesting observation you have above dogs and their longevity.
Thanks for dropping by. Your welcome to take your take and look around at other items I have posted.

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proteus_2a 54M
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8/12/2020 9:16 am

Beautiful animal my lady !

And no worries about Mollie's trye age, as long as she's lived a happy and card life

Cheers - P


sexyldy1000 59F  
6834 posts
8/12/2020 10:39 am

    Quoting easyrider4008:
    My longest lived dog was a Border Collie Cross and she was 15, my Ma had a Poodle 17, I have even known of an Old English Sheep Dog that was14, it seems just as much a lottery for them as for humans.
Aw...Border Collies are lovely dogs and so energetic! We had a poodle cross and he was fifteen. And you are right. You can do everything possible to be the best owner and circumstances are out of your hands.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
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8/12/2020 10:41 am

    Quoting proteus_2a:
    Beautiful animal my lady !

    And no worries about Mollie's trye age, as long as she's lived a happy and card life

    Cheers - P
Molly really is a sweet and gentle soul who loves everyone. Every day is a blessing.

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trixietrixster 52F  
1993 posts
8/12/2020 12:28 pm

Your doggie is so beautiful! Miss mine, she had to be put down at 18 years old. Which, I thought was 126 years old in human years. Now it seems she was little younger after reading your post. Very informative - especially for animal peeps - thank you!

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sexyldy1000 59F  
6834 posts
8/12/2020 6:43 pm

    Quoting trixietrixster:
    Your doggie is so beautiful! Miss mine, she had to be put down at 18 years old. Which, I thought was 126 years old in human years. Now it seems she was little younger after reading your post. Very informative - especially for animal peeps - thank you!
Sorry for your loss....I know how difficult it is. I thought the information might be of interest to dog lovers and others. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Justjokin1 52M
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9/1/2020 4:54 pm

i would surely miss my best bud..black lab border collie cross. He is just finally getting back to walking after a year and a half after blowing out his doggie acl...then the other side 6 months later. Tough carrying a 95 pound dog down stairs to get him "out" and then back in but I would do it again.

Thanks for sharing!! and btw luv the profile


sexyldy1000 59F  
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9/1/2020 5:21 pm

    Quoting Justjokin1:
    i would surely miss my best bud..black lab border collie cross. He is just finally getting back to walking after a year and a half after blowing out his doggie acl...then the other side 6 months later. Tough carrying a 95 pound dog down stairs to get him "out" and then back in but I would do it again.

    Thanks for sharing!! and btw luv the profile
Totally understand how you would do anything you could to help your “best bud”. Those who don’t own a dog, simply don’t understand the special relationship and how they become members of our family. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story 😊.

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