Humans are living longer lives these days and as it turns out, so are our pets. There are approximately 13 million SENIOR dogs in the United States today. That is, any dog over 10 years old. The reason? It's a combination of three things. More responsible pet ownership, a stronger human - animal bond, and better veterinary care and pet nutrition.
"Chanel", a wirehaired dachshund, was the worlds oldest dog, until she died in Aug. of this year (09). She was 21 years old and was equated to 120 in human years.
It's common practice to calculate a dogs age by simply multiplying the number of human years by 7. It's difficult to apply that formula to all breeds because of the variability in aging. According to Martha Smith, director of veterinary services at Boston's Animal Rescue League, the more accurate way is to figure a one year old dog is equivalent to a 12 year old person. A two year old dog is equivalent to a 24 year old person. Then, for every year after that, you add four years. So, a 10 year old dog would figure like this: 12 + 12 + 8 x 4 = 56 as opposed to : 7 x 10 = 70
I am not so sure that is true for the Gordon Setter. Gordons are known to be slow at maturing and even though the equation above is suppose to have taken that into consideration, it still doesn't seem accurate to me. My 2 year old Gordons act more like a 14 year old human than a 24 year old human. Most of the time, if a Gordon is going to TEST or TRY his owner, it's at about 2 to 3 years old. And my 3 year old's are more like 21 than 24. Maybe the Gordon is the exception. What do you guys think?
Source: Life in Dog Years, Many Pets Living Longer By: Kin Campbell Thornton, msnbc.com contributor