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Is This the Oldest Dog in the World?

I don't know about your pets, but this dog has all of my previous dogs beat by, well . . . a lot! Bella, a Labrador mix from the UK, is said to be at least an amazing 29 years old, if not pushing three decades! Her owners, David and Daisy Richardson, say that they brought the tenacious pooch home from an animal shelter 26 years ago when she was "at least" three. But due to missing records, Bella can't be verified by the Guinness Book of World Records as top dog. Understandably, Bella's age of 200 in doggie years would slow anyone down, but she still manages to get around. During a brief scare when the Richardsons thought they would have to finally put Bella to rest, David took her to the vet to be checked out:

"I decided to take her to the vet to be checked and she said Bella was very fit for her age apart from a bit of arthritis in her legs. Her heart is strong and she can still potter around the garden so she might have a good few years left."

As shocking as her age seems, Bella is not the only pup to stand the test of time. To see who else has been honored by Guinness,


Two other dogs have been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records: Butch from the US, who celebrated 28 doggie b-days, and Bluey from Australia, who rang in 29 years and five months as the longest living dog ever.

Maybe they drank from the dog bowl of youth, but I would love to get their long-lasting secrets so North and I can share just as many decades together!!


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Sarah15305311 Sarah15305311 3 years
But I do have a dog named prissy that's about 7 or 8 years old
Sarah15305311 Sarah15305311 3 years
Wow wish my dog jake lived that long he died at only 14 years old cannot believe that dog is 29 has to be the oldest dog in the world!!!
mouse-juice mouse-juice 8 years
my chihuahua is 23 years and still going but that is old
DogLuvva DogLuvva 9 years
prklug sorry u nearly lost sadie and this dog i hope its alive1
DogLuvva DogLuvva 9 years
Pretty old but not older than this 33 YRS OLD AND STILL GOIN
prklug prklug 9 years
That's amazing! I thought my Sadie was old at nearly 20.....she is also a mutt, but the grand old lady at our house. We almost lost her earlier this year, but she is back to her old self.
Snowwolf Snowwolf 9 years
Wow, I thought my 16 year old dog was up there.
Puppydazzles Puppydazzles 9 years
Dogs are such great company. Congratulations to Bella. I had many dogs growing up, but never saw them die. I would really have a hard time with that. My mom had a dog who was 13 and he was killed by a car. Ever since she has slowly lost her memory of the present. She really loved her Lucky.
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
One of my Labs is 15.5 years old. It's pretty amazing that she's lasted list long but except for some arthritis/weakness in her hind legs she's great. I adopted her when she was 10 so I'm happy to have had her this long. :)
ASpoonfulofSugar ASpoonfulofSugar 9 years
We have 3 (barn) cats that will be 19 this fall. My pup will be 3...I could only wish for him to live as long and as healthy. He's definitely family.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Another WOW here! Raider will be 2 on 6/26 and Peanut (parakeet) is 5. Love the pets.
r1n r1n 9 years
wow, 29 years old!
brandi797 brandi797 9 years
Mixed breeds are generally longer-lived than purebred dogs of the same size and living in the same geographical area.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
WOW!!!!!!!!!! :jawdrop: Most dogs live till 13 year old I think this is the oldest dog in the world
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Awww...I wish my dog Keene had lived that long (she passed away earlier this year at 16 yrs) :( My siamese Sophie is around 16 as well...but she's still truckin along! Beats up on the younger kitty all the time.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Wow, that is amazing! I wonder if my dog will live that long? (She's only 6 right now)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I can only dream that my dogs would live that long or longer.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I wish animals could live as long as people too...That's pretty amazing that this dog has lived that long.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 9 years
I just want to hug her! My siamese{applehead} Ming lived to be 24 years old.I didn't want to let her go she grew up with me.I wish they could live as long as people. I miss her still!
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