The ultimate man’s best friend, dogs have loyally stood by their owners’ side with their tails wagging generations after generations. While they seem adorable and innocent, most dogs seem like they are wiser beyond their actual years. This is probably because a single year for a dog is equivalent to seven years in a human.
Sadly, it also means that canines don’t get to live as long as you want them to. A dog’s average lifespan is between 10 to 13 years. But, there are dogs that managed to stay alive and even continued thriving for a longer time. If you want to know about the oldest dog in the world, here is a quick list of the canines that got to spend long years with their owners.
Bluey Les Hall, or simply Bluey lived from June 7, 1910 to November 14, 1939. His owners were Esma and Less Hall, and he officially became the oldest dog in the world based on the Guinness Book of World Records.
The age of Bluey is part of what paved way to conducting a study about the longevity of Australian cattle dogs’ lives. The study involved 100 canines and discovered that on the average, this dog breed tend to live about a year longer compared to other breeds. For this reason, the case of Blue is still regarded an outlier since he managed to live 10 years and a half more compared to the average life expectancy.
What could have been the secret to the long life of Bluey? You will never know what but surely, he ate a lot of emu and kangaroo.
Butch was once the holder of the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest dog in the world, living from years 1975 up to 2003. He is usually improperly credited to be the oldest dog that ever lived.
Not like Bluey, Butch got some documented experiences. He also had newspaper articles written about his personality released during the time he was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. Butch was also fondly described to be young at heart that loves food and playtime just like younger dogs.
The death and birth dates of Taffy are not known. He was a pup recorded in Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest dog in the world alive during the time of its publication.
Sadly, there is almost nothing known about this pup and is even mistaken for a different old dog who has the same name, poodle with an unverified age. The only thing known about Taffy is that she lived a happy and full life.
Anne Heritage’s adopted rescue dog Bramble lived from September 1, 1975 to March 31, 2003. Bramble is most popular for his diet because he lived on vegan diet throughout most of his life. Majority of his meals are composed of textured vegetable protein, brown rice, and lentils, with a few extras added every now and then. He only ate a single meal every day at dinnertime and was exercised and active during daytime.
His owner also wrote a book about him. Aside from Bramble, Heritage also had 7 other dogs that all lived on vegan diet. Out of the 7, there were three who lived up to 19 years, one was 20 years, while Bramble reached 27 years.
James Hawkes was the owner of Adjutant, a gamekeeper’s dog. The dog lived from August 14, 1936 to November 20, 1963. Not so much is known about the life of Adjutant. However, being a gun dog, it is safe to assume that he made use of his athleticism, intelligence, and all-around skill every day while helping his owner.
Born in 1990, Buksi spent her life in a riding hall and guesthouse yard. Her death is a recent one because she died because of heart complications possibly due to heat on August 26, 2017. Buksi didn’t actively lead a specific lifestyle and was not even a purebred that could have influenced her long life. This is why the Faculty of Etology of the Hungarian ELTE University drew blood samples from the dog to send to American laboratories for research purposes.
Pusuke was born on April 1, 1985 and died on December 5, 2011. Ms Yumiko Shinohara, Pusuke’s owner, was surprised with his death because he looked perfectly happy and healthy. He enjoyed two walks daily and had a healthy behavior. He lost his appetite all of a sudden, experienced breathing difficulties before he passed away.
The dog almost didn’t reach his old age. Back in 2008, a car hit Pusuke and he suffered from almost fatal injuries which required surgery. However, the tiny strong dog managed to pull through, and the Guinness Book of World Records listed him in 2010 as the living oldest dog in the world.
Sugar came into this world on August 18, 1952 and died on August 13, 1977. Unfortunately, there is not so much known about this dog, which even included her breed. The records only stated her birth and death dates, and Sugar is still a mystery in the world of dogs.
Piccolo was born to this world on October 1, 1987 and lived until December 26, 2010. Again, the life of Piccolo is an obscure and not much is known about this dog aside from the records stating his birth date and passing date.
Kathy T. Dog
Kathy is the rescue dog that came from an animal shelter in Las Vegas and is jokingly called the angriest dog of all time. This nickname was given to her because she tend to bite strangers and she also loved to growl and bark at everything and everyone in her path. She was born on January 8, 1991 and passed away on February 6, 2013. There was a time when Kathy had her own page in Facebook with regular updates and sharing of her silliness and antics. After she passed away, this page became inactive.