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Do dogs...

age like people? What I mean by this is, my little dog is about 8 and he's getting gray around his snout and I swear he get grouchy like an old man. Am I imagining things or am I right?

What else can I expect from an aging dog?


Asked by ShouldHaveLeft at 11:52 PM on Dec. 3, 2010 in Pets

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  • Dogs do too get grey. Almost every old dog I've ever known has had greying fur. They also get arthritis and eye problems and lose their hearing and become incontinent and yes, get more irritable....just like people.

    Answer by FluffyMamaBunny at 12:03 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Dogs age 7 Years to One Human Year- My dog is also 8; so that means our dogs are 56!

    Answer by daisyb at 11:56 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Dogs hair doesnt usually turn gray, but bones get old, and they get tired more.

    Answer by bseastrand at 11:58 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Sounds about right. He will start to slow down soon, and may have other health issues. Make sure he's getting his physicals, and make sure he gets exercise. Just like people, dogs need it to stay healthy.

    Answer by musicpisces at 11:58 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Yes they do age like us. My uncle has a black lab and he grayed. You will notice that they start to slow down in play and movement as they age. It's really kinda sad.

    Answer by m-avi at 12:01 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • We have a 14 yr old German Shepherd, she's very gray, and stiff. She sleeps all day unless I'm taking her out. Our vet can't believe she's still with us because of her age. I have read that Dogs don't age like humans, they age faster actually. Here's a link to something that might help you understand better... I hope your baby has a long happy life...

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 12:02 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • The 7 yr rule is actually a myth.

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 12:03 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • i have a german shepherd and she is greying around her snout too and shes about 7 now. she sleeps a bit although she still has her moments. shes not grumpy yet persay unless its with my husband (she dont like him) but she does give annoyed looks sometimes and even dirty looks (yeah my dog gives dirty looks trust me)

    Answer by aschwarz06 at 12:09 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • I think 7 human years is to one dog year. My dogs are 2 and 4, but in their world they're more like 14 and 28, I think. All the dogs I have had, have gotten grey around their snout. I think certain dog breeds have shorter life spans also, but I'm not sure if that's true. Even if your dog has grey around the snout he or she could still be hanging around in the next 5 or 10 years. Just give him lots of exercise!! I have had 5 dogs my entire life and the earliest they've passed is about 10 and the oldest was almost 20 in human years.

    Answer by shoot4thestars at 12:36 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

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