Dogs age faster than people. Size and breed influence the pace at which a dog ages. Smaller dogs live longer than larger dogs; they mature faster in the first years of life. Larger dogs grown-up more slowly at first but are considered mature at age five. Small and toy breeds become seniors at 8 years of age. Medium-sized breeds are somewhere in the middle in terms of maturation and lifespan.
Different breeds of dog age at varying speeds. Use the following tables as a guideline to find out your dog’s life stage according to his age.
Small and Toy Breeds
|Puppy||Weaning to 10 months old|
|Adult||10 months to 8 years old|
|Mature||> 8 years old|
|Puppy||Weaning to 12 months old|
|Adult||1 year to 7 years old|
|Mature||> 7 years old|
Large and Giant Breeds
|Puppy||Weaning to 15 – 24 months old|
|Adult||> 15 -24 months of age – 5 years old|
|Mature||> 5 years old|
Toy and small dogs are known for their long life expectancy, which can extent to 14 to 16 years. Larger dogs have a much shorter life expectancy, which ranges from 9 to 12 years in large breeds and 7 – 9 years old in giant breeds. Medium Breed dogs have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.