We all know that our beloved dogs don’t live nearly long enough. The average life expectancy for a dog varies from eight to fourteen years, depending on breed, size, diet, and general living conditions. Smaller mixed breed dogs tend to live considerably longer than larger pure-bred dogs.
But what about those dogs that surprise everyone and live to remarkably old ages? Just like there are some rare humans that are still here well into their hundreds, so too have there been incredible dogs that attain almost unbelievable ages…
- In April 2016, an Australian kelpie named Maggie died at almost age thirty. Believed to be the world’s oldest dog, Maggie had lived on a dairy farm in Woolsthorpe, Victoria, since she was eight weeks old. Until she was eighteen, she worked as a farm dog, rounding up cows, and chasing the motorbike. She passed in her sleep – which is what every pet owner hopes for but very few of us get.
- According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest dog in the world prior to Maggie was Bluey. AN Australian Cattle Dog, Bluey was also a resident in Victoria and worked with cattle and sheep on a farm after he was adopted as a pup in 1910. He was euthanized in 19939 at age twenty nine years and five months.
- Butch was a Beagle that lived in the United States. He was born in 1975 and passed twenty-eight years later in 2003.
- Pusuke was a Japanese Shiba Inu living in Japan and who passed suddenly at age twenty-six and a half. Until the day before he died, he was healthy, active and fit.
- Taffy was a Welsh Collie that lived for almost twenty-eight years in the UK.
- Surprisingly for a larger breed, Border Collie Bramble lived in the UK from his birth in 1975 until passing in 2003 at twenty-seven years old.
There are numerous cases of dogs that have been authenticated by Guinness World Records as living well into their twenties, which is remarkable as it is so rare. These dogs include large and small breeds, pure-bred dogs and mutts, and to be the “world’s oldest living dog”, they simply need to be the oldest dog alive right now. For this reason, ages of these dogs range between nineteen years and thirty years.
There was actually a study performed to assess the longevity of the Australian Cattle Dog, as these dogs seem to have remarkable longevity over any other breed. One hundred of the dogs were studies, demonstrating an average lifespan of thirteen and a half years. While there are some impressive specimens, and these dogs tend to be healthier and live longer than other breeds of the same size and weight, extremely old dogs are the exceptions, not the rule.
Keep your dog healthier and happier for longer with regular dog walking, proper grooming, healthy diet, and lots of love and affection. Every minute they are with us is precious!