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Old 04-05-2013, 11:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When it comes to dogs you count 7 years for every year they are alive.
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Is there a system for hedgehogs as well?
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Actually, they've disproved the whole 7 human-years for one year of canine life. Its something like the first 2 years are equivalent to the first 21 years of a human life (I could be wrong with the numbers, but the concept remains) . This is similar to how most hedgehogs are considered adults after about 6months-1year. It has to do more so with development and puberty on the anatomical and biochemical level than finding the correct proportion for a different life span. After the first two years for dogs, I'm not sure exactly how it works. Sorry I couldn't help you more.
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There`s an age chart in the Health section of the forum. Here`s the link:

https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...php?f=33&t=185
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I have a different one that is from a french-Canadian book

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I'd like see a large data set for lifespan (or even a halfway useful small data set). Three to five years is bandied about quite a lot as average, but I've never found much beyond anecdotal comments.
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I'd like see a large data set for lifespan (or even a halfway useful small data set). Three to five years is bandied about quite a lot as average, but I've never found much beyond anecdotal comments.
Well I can tell you for sure Litchi was 6 1/2 year when I put her down. As for Tangelo, I can't tell for sure he was over 5 since he was a rescue. I'm not the only one that had an hedgie go over 5
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The french chart makes a lot more sense than the one here on the forums because at 7 weeks, they can become pregnant, which would be a lot older than 3 human years.....
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I don't think either chart is completely accurate. The French one seems closer when they are young, but the one here is closer for older.

Three to five is considered the average lifespan. There is a list somewhere showing the ages, possibly compiled by HWS but I can't remember where it is. With my own, the big majority of them passed late 4 to just over 5. I've had numerous pass just prior to 6 and a couple over six. I've also had a few that were late 3's. Last I counted I've had 15 pass with oral tumours.
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