Is Your Dog A Senior Yet?

11 YEAR OLD DOBERMAN WITH GREY HAIRWhy do dogs have such short lives?

Maybe you’ve heard the story about the four-year-old boy, who having witnessed the death of his dog, wisely answers this sad question.  His response was this,

“People are born so they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

It’s a comforting explanation, especially for us dog lovers as we see our pets slow down and grow old.

So how long do dobermans live?

My doberman is now 11 years old. The average life expectancy for Dobermans is 10 years. She is obviously old, with grey hairs around her muzzle, poor teeth and arthritis in her leg. I also feel that she’s lost the bright twinkle in her eyes. I once wished she would be calmer. Now that she lays around most of the time, I miss those days she had lots of playful energy.

My dog is a senior, no doubt about it.

But my red doberman is 8 years old, and I don’t see obvious signs of old age?

Is An 8-year-old Doberman A Senior?senior doberman wearing eye glasses

You can find lots of dog age calculators online. But when I typed in my dogs’ stats, I got different results depending on the calculator. It turns out, there is no agreed scientific formula for determining dog to human age. But these calculators can give you a rough estimate.

For a dog age calculator to give a good estimate of dog years to human years, it needs to consider the dogs’ age, size/weight or breed.

According to the UC Davis Book of Dogs,

  • small-breed dogs (such as small terriers) become seniors at about 11 years
  • medium-breed dogs (such as larger spaniels) at 10 years
  • large-breed dogs (such as German Shepherd Dogs) at 8 years
  • giant-breed dogs (such as Great Danes) at 7 years.

On another note, it’s interesting that Wikipedia mentions that the common American “mutt”, has an average life expectancy of 13 years.

Just as lifestyle factors affect whether humans age well or not, the same happens with dogs. Things like diet, exercise, stress and environmental toxins will affect how well your dog ages.

So what do the dog age calculators tell me about my 8-year-old Doberman?

This chart result = 55 years old.

This chart result = 61 years old.

This chart result = 55 years old.

The chart below = 60 years old

So it looks like I now have two senior Dobermans in my house, an 82-year-old and a 60-year-old.

Now that I know this, I appreciate them more and whatever limited time I have with them.

Do you have Doberman older than 10 years?


dog age to human age chart


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