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I always thought it was 9 and above, but I am no expert! I think that our greys may be considered seniors at a younger age because they are larger dogs with potentially shorter lifespans.

 

My guy did not pass until around14 but I thought I really noticed the aging effects around 10.

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I thought it was nine and above also.


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I think large dogs are considered seniors at 7 or 8, but personally I don't count them as seniors until they turn 10. That's when I really start to notice a change.

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LOL, lets all agree it is 10. I like that number best. My girl is middle aged I guess at 5. Sad that they have such a short time with them.

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The veteran greyhound classes at the fun dog shows are usually 7+ so I expect that as senior though agree that 7-8 isn't particularly old.

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My vet has a chart in the waiting area. It lists dog weights, physical ages and how old they really are. Rona is 10 and I was shocked to see what they gauged her age as.....so shocked I cannot remember what it was! I do remember it made me teary-eyed.

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In agility, dogs are eligible for the "veteran" class at 7.

 

Summit turned 9 in May and I have started to notice him slowing down this summer a little. :(


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Well, IMHO, in light of the fact that the female I adopted in 2012 at age 12-1/2+ lived to 14-1/2+ (I lost her in April 2014) ... to me, senior and old-timer is approx. 12+. (not to say they didn't slow down to some extent.)

 

Of the five hounds I have adopted - I lost them at the following age:

 

(1) 12-1/4;

(2) 12-3/4;

(3) almost 11 (special case here - racer and Texas blood bank donor resident - he had a seriously screwed up back when I adopted him at age 9. Sadly, the perils associated with spending your life in a crate.) :cry1

(4) almost 13-1/2;

(5) 14-1/2+;

(6) currently I have a goofy collie-basset mix who will be 14 in October (adopted at age 11-1/2+).

 

While a greyhound's exquisite and achingly beautiful face may start to gray at 6 or 7 -- I never considered my hounds truly "senior" until the double digit years. Geez, just because MY hair started to turn gray in my 30s didn't make me a "senior" or eligible for AARP membership! :lol:

 

Perhaps it's a matter of perspective, but to me seven is still quite young! :yay

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Seven does seem yound, although some adoption groups call a seven year old as a "senior" in the sense that they are adopted at a reduced rate. I think 9 is the "senior" age

 

Greyhounds do seem to have greater longevity compared to other large breeds I've been blessed. Of the four hounds I've lost, one was 12 1/2, two were 13 and one was 14.


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For what purpose?

 

"Senior" food is mostly a marketing trick; usually has lower fat, lower protein, lower calories and should NOT be fed unless a dog has a specific medical condition requiring those things.

 

A "senior panel" at the vet's is usually a slightly stripped down version of a total chemistry panel. It targets some values (such as kidney values) that bear checking now and then as a dog ages.


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My Drake turns 9 next month. He is still spry and spunky and does not act like a senior at all. However, I understand our vet's reasoning for additional labs before dentals.


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Our vet considers 7 a senior and wants to see her more frequently. We will not be changing her food; she has mild IBD and finally found one that works.

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I've always considered senior at age 8. I lost my greyhounds at (1) Tipper - 8 1/2, (2) Susie - 15 adopted at 14, (3) Ladybug - 3 cancer of the bone marrow.

My current greyhounds (1) Richy is almost 12 (2) Tucker 9 1/2 (3) Dancing Bug 9 - littermate of Ladybug (4) Darren almost 9 (5) Diandra almost 7 - she is special needs


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Our vet considers 7 a senior and wants to see her more frequently.

 

How frequently does your vet want to see her? I have never had a vet ask to see an otherwise healthy dog more frequently at only 7 years of age. I do see benefits of doing yearly bloodwork to check up on things, but I really wouldn't consider 7 senior for a greyhound.

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I just bought the book Younger Next Year for Women. Live strong, fit and sexy until you're 80 and beyond. Ivy and I are both seniors and I'm sure if we both follow the fitness regime we will live forever!!! Seriously though, ivy is 9 and the vet now considers her a senior. I find her slowing down in our walks especially when it's warm. Her recovery time is no where near what it used to be.

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One of the local greyhound groups offers a reduced rate for adopting a "senior" anytime after age 8. :)

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In AKC and ASFA lure coursing Greyhounds are eligible for the veteran stake at age 6 (age determined by the breed club and varies by breed). Popular opinion tends to place seniors in large breeds at 7-8. I don't really consider my personal hound seniors until they start acting like it. ;) Lucius is just now starting to act like one at 10.5.

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