How Do You Measure The Age of a Dog?

When Penny first came on the scene, it was quite clear who the younger sibling was.Rhodesian RIdgeback, blog, chicago, adventure

No doubt that this stinker was the family puppy

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But a couple birthdays later, it’s immediately clear at a glance how old each dog is

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And thankfully, Penny’s days of decor destruction are behind her so we can’t judge based on that either

But there are some habits and traits of this younger sibling which seem permanent.

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Such as Penny’s role of Instigator-in-Chief

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A job which she’s never taken a day off from

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But despite being hard-charging herself, Penny will always follow Eko’s lead

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This (not so) subtle discrepancy between tags is one of my favorite markers of personality. Take a wild guess at which tag belongs to which pup
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And of course my favorite cue – wherever Eko lays his head, so too will his little sister. Often, quite literally

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So yes, while they both may look all grown-up, there’s never a doubt about which sibling is which age

But I wonder how many of the differences between Eko and Penny are based on age and how many are based on personality. If you have more than one pup at home, what are some of the subtle ways you notice their age differences?

19 thoughts on “How Do You Measure The Age of a Dog?”

  1. Rigs and Muff are only 8 months apart in age – Muff wasn’t near the troublemaker her older brother was – Rigby seems to have shown her how to behave so its quite the opposite at our house but now they are both so well behaved that you can’t judge age by behavior at all – Because of Muffn’s arthritis they always think she is older by the way she walks

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  2. Everything you noted is Macy exactly, right down to putting her head wherever mine is. She has the attention span of a 5 year old who ate candy all day. She’s always got new cuts and bumps from exploring and roughhousing. She’s my pain in the tush little sister.

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