TobyKeith the Chihuahua takes the record for the world’s oldest living dog
Most dogs live for 8–15 years, so it’s always surprising, and wonderful for the owners, when their canine companions live into their twenties. One such lucky pet parent is Gisela Shore of the United States, whose furry friend TobyKeith has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living dog.
Gisele describes her constant Chihuahua companion as “sweet, gentle, loving, and my little bodyguard,” and the pair share a home in GreenAcres with two other dogs.
Gisele had no idea TobyKeith would live so long and be so healthy when she adopted him, but she’s glad he did. His adoption papers, which showed he was 21 years and 93 days old, assisted Guinness World Records officials in determining his age.
On his 21st birthday, Gisela posted on the Chihuahua Club Facebook page, “Happy 21st birthday to the love of my life TobyKeith. Through good times, bad times, and heartaches this little boy with the heart of a lion has been by my side.”
When she was informed that TobyKeith had been awarded the record for the longest living dog, Gisela said, “I love the recognition of knowing that he has had a healthy long life with me as his mommy.”
“We adore him so much and achieving this record is testimony of the loving home we have provided for him. TobyKeith is such a blessing. I am so lucky to still have him in my life.”
So what’s the secret to long life? Gisele feeds her dogs a balanced diet of proteins, vegetables and rice and makes sure they get lots of exercise. These days, of course, TobyKeith is a little less energetic.
She says that now, “He enjoys laying in the sun and sleeping most of the day. He used to enjoy long walks and playing with his sisters, but he is mostly tired now.”
According to Guinness World Records: “The oldest dog ever reliably recorded was a female Australian cattle-dog named Bluey, who reached the grand age of 29 years and 5 months back in 1939.”
Usually, longest living dogs are the smaller breeds, as you can see in our guide to ‘which dog breed lives the longest?,’ so TobyKeith could be around a while longer yet!