World oldest pooch
Walkies don’t last very long for Otto any more and he’s usually tucked up in bed – often that of his owners – by 8pm. But at the grand old age of 20 years and eight months he has every right to enjoy his dog days at a leisurely pace. For Otto, a dachshund-crossterrier, is officially the oldest dog in the world.
Owners Lynn and Peter Jones, from Shrewsbury, entered him for the title with Guinness World Records after learning of the death last month of the previous title holder, a 21-year-old dachshundcross in New York called Chanel.
Otto’s claim to the record was approved this week and Mr and Mrs Jones were presented with the certificate as a surprise while taking part in filming for the November 4 edition of Channel 4′s Paul O’Grady Show about elderly dogs.
They attribute his longevity to ‘plenty of love, plenty of good food and regular check-ups at the vets’.
Otto has arthritis, which somewhat limits his activities, but the couple say he is still sprightly.
‘He doesn’t really like walkies any more,’ Mrs Jones said. ‘He gets about ten yards down the road then looks back over his shoulder as if to say “I want to go home”. But he’s still playful. He can still jump all over people when they come round.’
By early evening, however, Otto is ready for bed. Often this means Mrs Jones has to sleep in the spare room because Otto likes to be tucked up next to her husband.
The oldest dog on record was Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, who lived to 29 years and five months before having to be put down in 1939.