Year of the Dog

Pet Insurance  •   Maggie Dean  •   Jan 02, 2018

2018 is the Year of the Dog! While many dogs have the endless energy of a puppy well into their senior years, it can be tricky to understand aging in your dog. Everyone’s heard the rule that one year for a dog is equal to seven years for  a human. Surprisingly, that figure is fairly accurate and widely accepted amongst pet health experts. However, dogs age differently than people do—and similarly, small dogs age differently than big dogs do!

Whether your dog is 2 or 14, “age is just a number” and how your dog feels and acts is more important than any number in dog or human years. Moreover, your dog’s lifestyle, weight, and activity level are also huge determining factors. You can add years to your dog’s life by keeping your dog engaged in activity and caring for his health needs.

Use this chart below to help determine your dog’s “human age.”


Even though dogs age more quickly than humans, they’re always puppies in our eyes! AKC Pet Insurance proudly offers coverage for "puppies" of all ages. Start the Year of the Dog off right by getting a quote on your dog’s new policy!

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Maggie Dean

Maggie Dean is the proud owner of a Bichon Frise / Cocker Spaniel mix named Rocco and a Holland Lop rabbit, Bunson. She’s been the Inbound Marketer at AKC Pet Insurance since 2016 but has had a passion for animals her whole life. If you’re an animal lover, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to keep up with all things cute, funny, and interesting!