What is the oldest dog in the world? There have been many candidates trying to win this title. Several owners have been trying to prove that their dogs were the oldest living dogs, but only few of them have succeeded to prove it.
The story about Butch, the official record holder, is quite an interesting one. He was a beagle who stayed with his owners for 28 years! Butch died in 2003.
Another very old dog comes from Australia. The dog’s name was Bluey and he was 29!
Other dogs known for their longevity are Adjutant – 27-year old Collie; Sugar – 27- year-old Labrador; Sako Wild – 21-year-old Kelpie Cross; Bramble – 25-year-old dog (breed unknown); Piccolo – 23-year-old Mongrel; Otto – 22-year-old Dachshund and Chanel – 21-year-old Dachshund-Terrier.
There are many other dogs that are very old. However, sometimes a dog owner cannot prove his dog’s age.
What Is the Average Life Span of a Dog?
The average life span of a dog is between 11 and 13 years. There are several factors that determine a dog’s longevity. It is believed that small breed dogs live longer than large breed dogs. The reason for that may be the fact that smaller bodies need less energy and they are exposed to smaller physical exertions. However, the most important factor for a dog’s longevity is his diet and general life conditions. If a dog has an appropriate home and regular meals, combined with regular exercise and walks, his chances to live long are higher. In addition, the owner is also responsible for his dog longevity. If you have a dog, you have to provide him proper conditions for a normal life. If you keep your dog in your back yard, he should be protected form rain, snow and cold weather. That way you will protect him from many possible illnesses that can affect his health and shorten his life.
Do not let your dog leave his part of the back yard. Do not leave your gate open, since your dog’s attention can be easily drawn by a cat or some other dog. If he gets away through an open gate, he can easily be hurt by a car or other dog. Sometimes these accidents can end tragically.
People develop a special kind of friendship and companionship with their dogs. Almost every kid believes that his/her family dog will live forever! Take good care of your pet and he will stay with you for a long time.