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Oldest Dog in the World

Updated on January 27, 2013

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?

200 year old Bella
200 year old Bella

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?

Maybe you would also be interested in reading about the largest dog in the world, or the smallest dog in the world.

Otto: A Previous Worlds Oldest Dog

How Old Is The Oldest Dog In The World

Sould we adjust the ratio of "dog years" so that dogs only live to be 100?

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    sillylobstergirl 3 years ago from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

    We had a dog that lived to be five months shy of her 23rd birthday. My husband got her when he was 14 and he will be 37 in the fall. She was a chihuahua- dashound mix. She was with us when we had our first date, she was with us got married, and was with us when we built our home. We miss her, but I never realized that the age that she lived was really long. We still have one of her pups and she will be 17.

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    StockholmWriter 4 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

    My Tibetan spaniel is soon 14 years old and she is in good health. I hope I will be able to enjoy her company for some more years. she is a great friend.

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    ghghgh 5 years ago

    my dog is 19 in human years!!! im 9

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    reese 5 years ago

    I have a cockapoodle named chewy...he is 20 and still going. Wirh so much love from me my family and the city....chewy is sure to live many more years

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    po 5 years ago

    my dog is 18 in human years but he is 126 years old in dogs years and I don't know if he is going to make it

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    steve 5 years ago

    i have a dog with 3 legs 98 next week and still going strong what is the oldest dog with 3 legs.

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    Lewis 5 years ago

    My dog is 16 years old! she has issues.... 3 bum legs, one leg just got crushed by a cow, she cant hear, or breath properly. She is still cute as a button! we love her and call her a miricale dog!!! We are not going to put her dowm yet because she is still running and barking!!!

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    Dog Lover 5 years ago

    My dog means The world to me I love him so much I wAnt him to live forever or at least 200 years old but it is what it is

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    Susan Sehmel 5 years ago

    Well, as to the oldest dog. I have a yellow lab who is 22 and acts like a pup. Can still jump 4ft fence if so chooses and runs circles around my 8 year old papillon. He to has his issues but none that affect his ability to get around. He is spry as spry can be.

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    Shady-pie 5 years ago

    Ma Grandma's dog is coming up for 15 and we don't know if se will last any longer

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    jnjhhjhesdhhjer 5 years ago

    my dog is 17 and his a sheep dog

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    m.kaye nine 5 years ago

    My real name is kaye nine,swear.Ihave 2dogs,my toypoodle,Peaches,my beagle"what.a.mess.Puppymess.she is 18+yrs old.We,ve grownup 2gether.She,s blind&97%deaf.She is my miracle baby,Peaches,my therapy,lap love.Any 1 have advice 4 me?

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    Niamh 5 years ago

    I have a 13 year old shih tzu and he is more lively that any other dog I know. he would outrun any of us. hope he lives forever.

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    Juana 5 years ago

    wow i cant wit till my dog turns that old lol

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    j9 5 years ago

    We have had our dog for 14 years. The vets estimated that she was 2 or 3 when we found her. I think she was at least a year, so she is 15 or 17 years old. She is skinny and bony with a few tumors, vision is impaired, but not blind, is kinda stumbly and confued and her hearing is marginal, but she still enjoys her food. She likes to be petted also. We thought lasxzt summer would be her last haircut, but another buzz cutt later, we still love her.

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    Nicole 6 years ago

    We have a Doberman x German Shephered dog which was born on the 22nd April 1994 - therfore she is now over 17 and is still going. Walking is a bit hard for her, our walks are now at a very low speed, but she is still interested in everything and still wants to come along everywhere. She may not be the oldest dog alive, but for her size (large breed), she definitely is very old and we hope she still will be with us for a very long time.

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    kalenbergs 6 years ago

    Just last night our lab died at the age of 14 (in human years) we miss our lab maddie.

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    Melissa 6 years ago

    MY TERRIER/POODLE MIX WILL BE 19 THIS AUGUST AND HE IS STILL WILD. HIS SITE SEEMS GREAT BUT HIS HEARING IS NOT SO GOOD. HE'S BEEN MY COMPANION THROUGH THICK AND THIN AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT HIM.

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    Scott 6 years ago

    I have a Cocker mix that I got in 1995, she was documented to be 2 years old then, she is 18 now, almost completely blind and deaf and she is now having trouble with her back legs. I think the end is coming for her, but she has been a great friend for nearly two decades.

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    alexis 6 years ago

    I once had a dog who lived until he was 15. He got hit by a car while we were in devils lake. My grandma and aunt took him to the hospital and found out that his leg was broken. Then he died. I miss him like crazy. He was everyone's best friend. He used to snuggle me when I would go into my grandma and grandpas room in the morning specificly to cuddle with him.

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    tstudt 6 years ago

    Hey....umm your dog wouldn't be 50% or 70% death....they would be DEAF...which is the term used for the loss of hearing. Just sayin'.

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    shirley 6 years ago

    I have a male chihuahua that will be 18 this march,he has his spurts of energy at times and loves to still take a little walk,his hearing and eyesight have gone downhill some and he sleeps a lot more but he has been one of the greatest and friendly dogs ever, loves anyone. needless to say he gets anything he wants at this stage of the game.

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    David 6 years ago

    Our thoroughbred Sandilands kennel yellow labrador Sam will be aged 16 at the end of January 2011. We don't think he can hear but he loves his daily walks and is still quite sprightly for his age! We don't know how much longer we will have him but as I write, mid-Nov 2010, he shows no signs of leaving us!

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    PetMemorialWorld 6 years ago from New Zealand

    Thank you for your input Amanda. It is refreshing to converse with another avid canine lover such as yourself.

    It is also a joy to hear that the dogs you share your life are so proud to be in your life that they want dogs everywhere to know that you are taken - as evidenced by the graffiti signatures on your once new now secondhand car. Or by the many calling cards left within your house itself.

    I feel it would be an honor to share more of your tips on prolonging the life of a dog, or even puppy care tips in general, as you have such an obvious talent in this area. So please do feel free contact me so we can further discuss this topic.

    I look forward to hearing from you again. Dean.

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    amanda 6 years ago

    My Cocker Spaniel is 21 and frankly he smells like he ought to have shuffled off the mortal coil some time ago(all dogs go to heaven) I would add to the blog about 21x7 being the equivalent of 147 human years, but honestly I hope my parents don't live that long, or me, or my children in the final analysis.

    Which probably means that someone, somewhere without attributing any source,

    who may have guessed that between your average 'maltese' cross 'rottweiler'

    which would perhaps represent about one seventh of the mean weight of 'homo erectus' (no pun intented)

    So,calculating the life-expectancy of our most devoted friends on a height/weight ratio.

    When, it is very obvious to anybody who has shared their life with dogs(I flinch from saying 'owned dogs' 'cause mine are listening) that the buggers only die when they are sure they've:

    1.Upset your household,..."I can't bring my boyfriend into this smelly place.

    2.Chewed anything you may think belongs to you of any worth,for example fine persian carpets.

    3. Cost more on dentistry individually, than you, your children, your neighbours and your neighbours' children,collectively.

    4. Made you aware of the definition of 'separation anxiety' by performing exceptionally pungent and remarkably irridescent yellow terratorialism on every piece of freestanding furniture in a rental house.

    5. Made you realise that when you think you've arrived; i.e. you've just come home in your very first showroom car, and your four legged friends greet you,by jumping up on your shiny new mettalic paint, that you went from having a new car to a used car by the simple act of driving it home.

    So, in conclusion, I would suggest training your dogs,- not at all,- ensuring they have the best diet and healthcare, allow them to pee on the carpets and furniture in order to express themselves. and ruin the possesions you have worked hard to accumulate, without doubt if you follow these simple rules you'll: "be sharing your life" with a Guinness Book contender.

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    DTBird34834@aol.com 6 years ago

    I have a hybrid wolf and she is about 13 1/2 years old. She still plays like a puppy and her vet says if he had to guess her age he would say about 7 although he has taken care of her since she was a puppy. The only problem she has is cateracts. He said he is sure she has another 10 years in her because of the shape she is in

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    KELLEIGH GASAWAY 7 years ago

    I THANG THAT IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS 54 THAT'S NOT BAD AT ALL

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    hfrpuerhfpdf 7 years ago

    that is a good looking dog for 72 years old

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    Alana 7 years ago

    I have a SpringerSpainil and shes 15 we gave her to a guy by a river and she has tumors but shes blind I think I miss you Molly!! I hope you get put down you are way to old and not in right condition. :( I wish I could help you though..:/ Sowwy

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    Hrant Davoyan 7 years ago

    My dog just became 19 on 04/18/2010 thank god he is still in good shape, 50% death and 50% blind , but still running and want to play, whole his life he ate human food no dog food, and not fixed. Love him to death , i was 7 that time i got him , grew up together .

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    Sabrina 7 years ago

    My dog is 16 she is still moving, barking, running, and way happy we got her 1994. My dog has an overbite and a wiggly tooth. We think she is a cairnterrier. My dog does not eat dog food she eats the food that human eat and is very healthy. She is about 70% death but can still se perfectly.

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    Dee 7 years ago

    Our little girl is 18 years and 5 months old and still going strong. I still have the papers for her when we bought her. I think she is slightly deaf but picks up different sounds.

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    Tilak Lodh 7 years ago

    we have a big dog which has turned 15 and still moves around well, it is a himalayan shephard dog, used to cold clymate, but staying in hotter delhi.

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    dave 7 years ago

    i had a dog that was born on april 1 1977.we finally had to put him down in november of 1995...that's over 18 years and 7 months old at his death.

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    eric 7 years ago

    my dog lived to be 23 ;) idk about dog years

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    jessica 7 years ago

    how old is she or him

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    maria gammons 7 years ago

    I have the oldest dog, she has papers birth certificate she is 19 and a half and will be 20 this June 17 she is a poodle and still kicking.

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    shayna 7 years ago

    i have a 13 yr old australian cattle dog who acts more like a pup than a 75 yr old- she is in great shape and happier than ever.

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    Lisa Chrismer 7 years ago

    I love this article! I have a dog whom is 19 years old today, November 15th. amazing

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    Sara 8 years ago

    I don't know if she is the oldest dog but i do know that i have a 14 year old dog and he is still up and sitting!!!

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    PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago from New Zealand

    Thank you for that enlightening response Nancy. Your scale certainly makes more sense than the traditional one.

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    Nancy Houser 8 years ago

    Excellent article. FYI: Figuring a dog’s age is a lot different than most people think anymore. Typically, it is thought that one dog year equals seven human years. But according to experts this is not an accurate count even though the general public uses it as such. At the age of ten years of age, a dog is like a 65-year old human; at age 12, a dog will be like a 75-year old human; and finally…a dog that is 15 of our years is like a 90-year human…not the 105-years of age which uses the 7-year calculation.

    Age ratio is higher with the younger youth, decreasing as the dog begins to age. Of course, this depends on the breed and what type of life experiences the dog has gone through. Typical dog experiences place a raging teenager mentality around eight months to two years. Normally, a six-year old dog has the mentality and age of a 45-year old human, which is a full maturation time frame.

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    maggie 8 years ago

    Wow! That is amazing

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    david holcomb 8 years ago

    my dog Dana we got when she was 19. She was at humane society for 16 years when we got her & she was 3 when they first toiok her in. She turned 33 12-26-08 & is still kicking.

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    bob 8 years ago

    that is amazing