A dog named Chanel has just been declared the world’s oldest canine.
Chanel, a Dachshund cross that lives in New York, has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as being 21 years old. Working on the widely held principle that a dog year equals seven human years, that makes Chanel an amazing 147 years old. According to her owners, Chanel is hard of hearing and suffering from cataracts. But otherwise she is in fine fettle and was even able to celebrate her 21st by visiting a New York Dog Hotel and Spa with come canine chums. You can read all about her – and see some fun photographs – here
Chanel, however, is far from the oldest dog to have ever lived. Until last Autumn, the oldest dog alive was believed to be Bella, a 29-year-old Labrador cross from Britain. Bella died from a heart attack in her Lincolnshire home a few months short of snatching the record for the oldest dog ever recorded. That honour remains the property of an Australian cattle dog called Bluey. He was put to sleep at the age of 29 years and 5 months. In human terms that means he was about 205 years old!
We all know that our beloved dogs age faster than we do. While we live on, the world whizzes by for them at a speed several times faster that it does around us.
Like the Elves in Tolkien’s mythology, who saw the men (the atantari) grow old and die in dismay, we feel a pang of regret as we watch the nose of our dogs slowly turn white, and their energy drop. We remember the time when they used to whizz around non stop after a ball, or with us, tirelessly.
Some say that a single year of a dog measures upto 15 years for humans. The oldest dog in the world was “Bluey” – an Australian cattle dog who was put to sleep at the age of 29 years!
The average life span of a dog is 13-15 years. Here are some of the factors that a dog’s life span depends on:
1) Smaller dogs typically live 1.5 times longer than larger dogs.
2) The diet – A healthy diet with proper nutrition makes a difference. There is insufficient evidence showing that either a purely vegetarian or non vegetarian diet has a significant effect. Vets are unanimous however, in recommending a balanced diet.
3) The Genes – Certain dogs like the Miniature Poodle have longer life spans.
4) Spayed or neutered dogs tend to live slightly longer as well.
5) Female dogs seem to once again (Just like in humans) have a life span advantage over their male counterparts.
If you’re reading this article, and have a tip as to what affects a dog’s life span, please tell us! We would love to know.
“Bluey” was the name of the Australian cattle dog that was formerly owned by Les Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia. Bluey holds the Guinness world record for the dog with the longest recorded lifespan in history, having achieved the age of twenty-nine years, five months and seven days. He was finally put to sleep due to old age. He was born on June 7, 1910 and died on November 14, 1939.
The typical markings and color of the Australian Cattle Dog: