How Can You Tell How Old a Dog Is?
You adopt an adult dog from the local shelter or a stray steals your heart. Either way, you have a new family member but how old is she? Determining the age of an adult dog is not an exact science, even among veterinarians. But there are some physical clues that will help you determine your new dog's age.
Aging a Dog by the Teeth
By 2 years of age, the molars typically have some mild tartar. By 5 years, the tartar is more pronounced and affects the canines as well. This method is not very reliable since the type of diet and whether or not the teeth are brushed can affect tartar buildup. By middle to older age, the incisors are beginning to be worn down.
Aging a Dog by the Eye Changes
Aging a Dog by the Hair Color Changes
Aging an adult dog is difficult and the best you can ask for is an approximation, which may be off by 2 to 4 years. Thankfully, the age of your dog does not affect her ability to provide you with a loving companion, protector and friend.