(ORDO NEWS) — The oldest living dog in the world is an elderly Chihuahua. Thanks to the efforts of the owner, the animal managed to live to the age of 21, and he is in good health, according to the Guinness Book of Records website.
The record holder lives in Greencresse, Florida. Animal named Toby Keith was born on January 9, 2001. Representatives of the Guinness Book of Records recorded his record age on March 16, 2022, when the dog was 21 years and 66 days old.
The dog’s owner Geezera Shore said she adopted her from an animal shelter when Toby Keith was a few months old. Before coming to this institution, the puppy lived with an elderly couple who decided to part with him, as they could no longer take care of the pet. The dog’s first name was Peanut Butter, but the new owner gave her a new name.
The average lifespan of a Chihuahua varies from 12 to 18 years. Toby Keith lives in the house with two other dogs, a seven-year-old American Bulldog and a three-year-old Chinese Crested, as well as two parrots.
Previously, the oldest living dog in the world was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey from Rochester, Australia. He was born in 1910 and spent almost 20 years tending cattle. He was euthanized on November 14, 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months.
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