Every year that passes I grow a little more perplexed about my dog’s age. I think I subtract a year off their age every birthday so my dog will never feel old in my eyes. Sometimes ignorance is actually bliss. I’m guessing you might want to know the real age of your dog (unlike me), especially if you’re planning to adopt. Here’s how you do it:
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It’s all about the teeth.
- Dogs usually develop all of their permanent teeth around the 7-month mark.
- If your dog’s teeth are generally clean and white, that means he’s around 1 years old or younger.
- If you see a faint yellowish color near the back of his teeth, that means he’s 1-2 years old.
- If you notice tartar build or a heavier yellow color, it probably means your dog is 3-5 years old.
- If your dog’s teeth show sever tartar build up and a yellowish-brownish color, your dog is somewhere between 5-10 years old.
- Severe dental damage, brown or missing teeth and major tartar build upprobably means your dog is 10-15 years old. That’s old.
Here are some other indicators to show your dog’s true age:
- Grey hair. This is a given. When people get old they start developing grey hair. Our dogs do the same thing.
- If a dog’s eyes appear cloudy it probably means he’s an older pup.
- Older dogs don’t play as much, stretch more often and get up a little slower each passing year. Watch for these signs as a way to determine their age.
Hopefully this list will help you get to know your current dog or future dog a little better. Age is just a number. The soul never grows old…(what I repeatedly tell myself each year my dog and I get older.)