1 month in dog years roughly equals 7 months in human years.
This calculation was made for a medium-sized dog (21 to 50 pounds) using the recommendations from the AKC (American Kennel Club).
There are 2 ways of calculating the conversion from human years to dog years. The above result was calculated using the more correct way, we’ll explain what makes the other way incorrect later in this article.
The table below shows dog years and their equivalent to human years, with different columns for different sizes.
|Dog's Age in Years||Human Years (Small Dog)||Human Years (Medium Dog)||Human Years (Large Dog)|
Calculating how many human years is 1 month in dog years
As mentioned above, there are 2 main ways of calculating dog years to human years and vice versa. There’s a correct way and an incorrect way.
The old way
Many people believe that 1 dog year equals 7 dog years. This assumption likely began in the 1950s. However, it’s not the correct method of calculating it.
Although there’s been a lot of research that has disproved this ratio of 7 to 1, it seems people continue to believe the idea. The formula could have been based on the belief that dogs live for 10 or so years, and humans live can live to 70, however we don’t know when it first started.
So while the 7-1 rule is easy to calculate and remember, it’s unfortunately incorrect.
The new calculation
The proper method to convert human years into dog years is a bit more difficult.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has the following to be said about it:
- The first year of a dog’s life is approximately 15 years human.
- The second year in a dog’s lifespan equals about 9 human years.
- From that point forward each human year is equal to either four or five dogs years.
Keep in mind that smaller dogs tend to live longer than bigger dogs. Scientists concluded that every 4.4 pounds of body mass reduced a dog’s life expectancy by about a month.