Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How a Vizsla ages

After all these years I was under the understanding that dogs age about seven human years to every calendar year.

A chart that shows how pets age faster than people gave me a new understanding of how our dogs age.

The curve is actually quite different.


So Chloe is now a 26-month-old which equals about 25 in human years.

Bailey who is 14 months equals 17 years old in human years. Now I know why he is "testing" me. I remember those days.

So that chart shows a 50 pound dog aging as follows:

1 year = 15

2 years = 24

3 years = 29

4 years = 34

5 years = 39

6 years = 42

7 years = 46

8 years = 50

9 years = 55

10 years = 60

11 years = 65

12 years = 69

a 15-year-old Vizsla would equal a human of 84-years-old.

They grow up so fast!


Anonymous said...

Hi There!!!
My family extended this year with a male Vizsla, Boomer. We couldnt be happier! However, Boomer wont eat "good" food. He has only consistently ate the food the breeder started him on, Purina Puppy Chow. We do make sure he gets ample exercise every day. But most of Boomers ribs are very visible and I'm not convinced he will put much more weight on. He cant be much over 30 lbs at the age of 6 months. Can anyone tell me if this is normal? Or perhaps a food suggestion?
Thanks so much!

Rod Michaelson said...

A great way to gather information on your new Vizsla is the Hungarian Vizsla Forum. There is a great search tool that if you enter "weight" will give you hundreds of posts from Vizsla owners around the world. You can reach the forum from my "websites that I love" area.

Enjoy your pup. His weight sounds about right to me. I like to see a bit of rib in an athlete.

Kara said...


Your response (last year!) to Elyse's question put my mind at ease. I have a 4-month-old Vizsla male. I feed him the recommended amount of Taste of the Wild, yet he's markedly more ribby than his siblings, who we see at weekly obedience course. He seems healthy and happy, weighs about 25 lbs (hard to tell when he wiggles on the scale so much!), but I sometimes get self conscious that others will think I'm starving him. If 30 lbs sounds reasonable to you for a 6-month-old, I'll be patient and not worry about Waldo's ribby-ness.

Rod Michaelson said...

I'd increase the amount a bit. He won't get fat and as he grows he can use the extra protein. Major wiggling consumes a lot of calories. Add an extra cup or what we do is add ground turkey meat that we cook.

Debbie Duty said...

Love this site! Our first Vizsla was Chloe and we were hooked. What a dog! We lost her to cancer 2 weeks before her 12th birthday and within a month we had Hazel because we just couldn't stand the house without a Vizsla. We have to other well loved elder dogs but there's just something about the "aire" of the Vizsla. Hazel is now a year and a half and at the end of August (6 weeks) we will be picking up Gretel and we will be a 2 Vizsla family. I love hearing all the stories, questions, issues, suggestions and solutions! Thanks to all that post.

Anonymous said...

I have 4 Vizslas. 3 females and 1 male. One of my females had the same problem and I was told to put regular plain yogurt on her food and he did help.

Anna Gk. said...


Rod Michaelson said...

Anna, you are a short distance from Hungary where you should find many breeders of this wonderful dog. Find dog shows and talk to breeders. You have a great chance of getting a wonderful Vizsla.

L. Conkey Shaw said...

Our Vizsla is 14.5 years old and I did not realize the arc of the age difference. Thank you for this. It has been a hard couple of months because of the many changes she is going through. But yesterday she was in the marsh mucking around like a puppy. She was so happy. Today she won't eat a thing.
Charleston SC.

Phil Shannon said...

Our Vizsla is also @ 14.5 and he is going through changes too. Running around like a puppy, hurdling downed trees just last weekend. Wouldn't eat this am though, and unfortunately we found our recently that he has a tumor in his bladder. We are hoping for the best, he is on a prescription from the vet. I hope your girl is doing well.

Diane Hardy said...

I rescued a female 11 years ago. I think she's about 12ish now. We moved cross country 6 months ago. She's been stressed by the move. Not crate trained anymore and is SUPER clingy. Her energy is getting lower fast. I had all her labs done recently and while everything looks good, I can't help but think this move really took the light from my girls eyes. She's also had a couple of episodes (neurological?) where she can't get her muscles to work the way they should (inability to move forward, could not get her foot under her leg, couldn't bear weight on hips). Could those episodes be brought on by stress?