How old is my dog in human years?

(Q) Is it true that a year of a dog's life is equal to seven human years?

(A) Breeds expert Andrew Brace says: Comparing your dog's stage of life to a human's can make it easier to understand what he needs and how he feels.

However, a dog's rate of ageing accelerates and slows differently to ours, and differs depending on breed and size.

An average-sized dog can be classed as old at eight, while for giant breeds old age begins at five or six, and toy breeds won't hit their golden years until the age of 10.