6 months in dog years roughly equals 5 years 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 6 months 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 calculation
Many people believe that one dog year is equal to 7 dog years. This assumption probably started in the 1950s, but it’s not the right way to calculate it.
While there has been plenty of research since then disproving the 7:1 ratio, that people still believe in it. This formula may be based on the idea that dogs live to 10 or so years, and humans live to 70, but honestly we don’t know when it first started.
So while the 7-1 rule is easy to remember and calculate but it’s not the best idea.
The new formula
The correct way of converting human years into dog years is a bit more complicated.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has the following to be said about it:
- The beginning year of a medium-sized dog’s lifespan is about 15 years for humans.
- The second year of a dog’s existence 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.