New study reveals that dog years are a myth and puppies are ‘middle-aged’

Dog. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)
Dog. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

The idea that your puppy ages seven years for every human year has finally been debunked. 

A new study suggests that dog years are a complete myth and that our furry friends don’t age seven years for every human year, as commonly believed. 

Researchers at the University of California claim that puppies are middle-aged by the age of two, Independent reports.

According to the study, by the time your dog gets to the age of three, it’s roughly the same age as a 50-year-old person.

The study looked at ageing in dogs by focusing on a natural process called DNA methylation in more than 100 labradors, according to The Telegraph.

The DNA contains marks that change over time, allowing the researchers to track the animal’s biological age.

After assessing the results from the study, they compared the findings with those from 300 humans, Daily Mail reports.

But the ageing does slow down so there’s no need to worry. By the age of 10, in human years, a dog is about 68 years old.

Researchers say that the expected life expectancy of 12 years for labradors is similar to the life expectancy of 70 years for humans, according to The Telegraph.

Sources: Independent, The Telegraph, Daily Mail

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