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World’s oldest living dog turns 21


Chanel turned 21 years old this week.  Here she's wearing her "doggles."

Chanel turned 21 years old this week. Here she's wearing her "doggles."

I ran across an interesting bit of dog trivia recently.  The oldest dog on record was named Blue.  He was an Australian Cattle Dog who lived to be 29.5 years old.  He was born in Australia and died in 1939.  There was really no explanation for Blue’s extraordinarily long life.  He seemed to be an ordinary dog in every way, with ordinary parents and siblings.  He was simply a very long-lived dog.



This week we’re celebrating the new world’s oldest living dog.  Her name is Chanel and she’s a Wirehaired Dachshund cross who lives in New York.  Chanel turned 21 years old on May 8 of this week.  She celebrated with her owners, Karl and Denise Shaughnessy from Long Island.  They like to dress her in little jumpers and “doggles” to protect her eyes from the sunlight.



Chanel in one of her jumpers

Chanel in one of her jumpers

Chanel is now recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog.  The previous record holder was Bella, a 29-year-old Lab cross from Britain.  Bella passed away last September from a heart attack.



Chanel was adopted from an animal shelter in Virginia when she was only six weeks old.


Chanel is starting to look a bit frail, is hard of hearing and fighting a battle with cataracts but her physical impairments are small in comparison to her grand age.

She celebrated her birthday with a visit to the New York Dog Hotel and Spa where she was joined by some doggy friends. 

Chanel’s vet Phillip Zangara, of the Roosevelt Animal Hospital in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. said: ‘She’s the oldest dog we have ever seen.    

‘She is defying every odd right now. I’m surprised at just about everything about her. She has the body of a six-year-old.’

Chanel has become slightly crotchety with age and has been known to snap a nip at strangers. But Denice says she still has a fairly calm disposition.

‘She doesn’t like to be bothered or have her face washed.

‘And she doesn’t let anybody hold her except me nowadays,’ she said.

Denice has thought about the future for her aged pooch. She hopes she will never have to make a decision to put her down/

‘I absolutely love her so much, and I am really just hoping that when it is time to go, she just goes in her sleep,’ she said.    



Chanel as a pup.

Chanel as a pup.

Small breeds tend to live longer than large breeds of dogs.  Toy breeds such as Chihuahuas, Toy Poodles, dogs such as Dachshunds and Whippets are considered to be the longest-lived purebred dogs.  They frequently live between 15-17 years.



Giant breeds, such as Irish Wolfhounds, have a much shorter lifespan.  They are considered elderly at nine years.


Medium-sized breeds, such as Labradors, English Springer Spaniels, Collies and many others, have a lifespan in between.  They usually live between 10-12 years.


There is some confusion about whether purebred or mixed breed dogs live longer.  It’s hard to make guesses with mixed breed dogs since only the well-cared for dogs who see a vet regularly are ever counted.  But, in general, small, Toy purebreds live longer than mixed breed dogs.  Mixed breeds have about the same lifespans as medium-sized purebred dogs.  And mixed breed dogs, as a whole, live longer than the giant purebred dogs.


I have to wish a Happy Birthday to my own little Pearly-Pooh today.  Pearl is two years old now.  I hope she makes it to 21 and beyond, too.  So far she’s spent the day snoozing while it rains outside.  I’m going to make some dog treats for everybody a little later.


Here are the lifespans of some of the most popular breeds of dogs.  Of course, no matter how long we have our dogs it’s never long enough.


American Cocker Spaniel 10 – 12 years

Beagle 11 – 13 years

Bichon Frise 10 – 13 years

Border Collie 12 – 14 years

Boxer 9 – 11 years

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 10 – 12 years

Chihuahua 13 – 15 years

Collie (Rough) 9 – 11 years

Doberman Pinscher 8 – 10 years

English Springer Spaniel 10 – 12 years

German Shepherd 10 – 12 years

Golden Retriever 10 – 13 years

Great Dane 7 – 10 years

Irish Wolfhound 6 – 7 years

Jack Russell Terrier 13 – 15 years

Labrador Retriever 10 – 12 years

Lhasa Apso 12 – 15 years

Maltese 11 – 13 years

Miniature Schnauzer 12 – 14 years

Poodle (Miniature) 12 – 15 years

Poodle (Standard) 10 – 12 years

Poodle (Toy) 12 – 15 years

Pugs 10 – 12 years

Rottweilers 8 – 10 years

Shetland Sheepdog 10 – 12 years

Shih Tzu 10 – 12 years

West Highland White Terrier 10 – 12 years

Yorkshire Terrier 11 – 13 years


May 8, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I have a miniature Schnauzer who is 15 (he has the same DOB as me) and the vet has told us for he’s breed and age he only looks about 9 even though he is having problems with his ears and eyes, and he can only digest puppy food. We are hoping he will live long enough to be in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    I will post photos of him on my blog,


    Comment by stephanieweller | April 25, 2012 | Reply

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