Oldest Dog in the World
What Is The Oldest Dog in the World?
I thought there was an interesting article published in the Telegraph.co.uk about a couple who are trying to prove that their pet Labrador cross is the oldest dog in the world.
Bella the Labrador, they claim, is at least 29 years old, which would be about 200 years old in "dog years."
Unfortunately for owner David Richardson, although he got the mixed breed dog from an animal home about 26 years ago, the RSPCA said it does not have any records for Bella and the Guinness World Records said without the appropriate paperwork it could not be proved.
“I’m convinced she is the oldest dog in the world” said Mr Richardson, from Chesterfield.
For his claim to be substantiated Gareth Deaves, records manager from Guinness World Records, said “unless we can see a doggy birth certificate or some really clear evidence from the RSPCA then we won’t be able to prove Bella’s age and we can’t list her as the oldest dog.”
The most recent record for the oldest dog was held by Butch, a 28-year-old from America who died in 2003, according to Mr Deaves.
With the prize for the oldest ever recorded dog going to Bluey, a sheepdog from Australia, who lived to 29 a startling 200 in canine years.
Otto, the oldest dog in the world, died 14th January 2010 just 31 days short of his 21st birthday - in 'dog years' he was 146.Unfortunately the victim of a stomach tumour the dachshund-terrier cross had to be put down.
The Guinness oldest living dog 'Pusuke' owned by Yumiko Shinohara (Japan) died peacefully at home on Dec. 5, 2011 reaching the ripe old age of 26 years 9 months.
Are there any other doggie tales out there of great longevity?
147 Year Old Dachshund
“Chanel” is the Guinness Book of World Records holder of the title Oldest Dog In The World.
At 21 years of age (in human years), or 147 years old (in dog years), this Dachshund is still looking spritely. She may have lost a little of her youthful bounce, and some hair, her eyesight, and a few other things, but I am sure that she looks better than I will at 147!
Happy Birthday Chanel.
Let Me Know Your Views
Given that Dogs are living to 200 canine years old, I am wondering if that makes a mockery of our assessment of dog years. Do you think we should adjust the numbers so that dogs only live to 100 "dog" years?
Are the dogs mentioned really the oldest dogs in the world, or just the oldest ones that people have registered with Guinness Book of Records?
If Dogs living this long becomes a trend is this going to put undue pressure on our dog health care systems? Will we see doggie retirement homes becoming necessary as dogs out live their owners?