Otto! Near 21, He’s Now World’s Oldest Dog

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This old dog may not be learning any new tricks, but he now holds the title as the world’s longest-lived pooch.Otto, a dachshund-terrier mix, is 20 years and 8 months old — that’s about 145 in dog years, his owners estimate — and he is being recognized for his great age by Guinness World Records.

Lynn Jones, 53, of Shrewsbury, England, has owned Otto since he was six weeks old. She and her husband, Peter, contacted Guinness after the previous record-holder, Chanel — also a dachshund mix — recently died at age 21. So what’s Otto’s secret for longevity? Love, good food and regular trips to the vet, the couple say. Still, the pet now suffers from arthritis and is no longer as active as he was in his younger days.
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Otto: Is The New World's Oldest Dog

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Meet Otto, the world’s oldest dog, who’s reached the grand old age of 147 in dog years and is still going strong.Dachshund-cross terrier Otto, who lives in Shrewsbury and is 20 years old and six months, looks to have become the top dog after the death of the previous holder aged 21.Chanel, also a Dachshund but from the US, died last month and now Otto is to continue flying the flag for Dachshunds as the world’s oldest canines.

Otto’s owner Peter Jones, from Shrewsbury, Shrops, said despite his great age the plucky dog is still going strong.

Mr Jones, 68, said his wife Lynn, 55, had owned Otto, who has no offspring, since he was a puppy and he is still going strong, although he is battling a few problems including arthritis.They also have a certificate to prove his age and Guinness World Records are now investigating.While 20-year-old humans are in the full flush of youth, the canine calendar works so that dogs age around seven years for every one human year, meaning even pensionable age is a distant memory for Otto.Mr Jones, a retired sales manager, said: ‘When I saw this dog had died and he was the oldest in the world, I thought Otto must be getting on to being the oldest as well.
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Otto: Is The New World's Oldest Dog

NEW OLDEST DOG

Meet Otto, the world’s oldest dog, who’s reached the grand old age of 147 in dog years and is still going strong.Dachshund-cross terrier Otto, who lives in Shrewsbury and is 20 years old and six months, looks to have become the top dog after the death of the previous holder aged 21.Chanel, also a Dachshund but from the US, died last month and now Otto is to continue flying the flag for Dachshunds as the world’s oldest canines.

Otto’s owner Peter Jones, from Shrewsbury, Shrops, said despite his great age the plucky dog is still going strong.

Mr Jones, 68, said his wife Lynn, 55, had owned Otto, who has no offspring, since he was a puppy and he is still going strong, although he is battling a few problems including arthritis.They also have a certificate to prove his age and Guinness World Records are now investigating.While 20-year-old humans are in the full flush of youth, the canine calendar works so that dogs age around seven years for every one human year, meaning even pensionable age is a distant memory for Otto.Mr Jones, a retired sales manager, said: ‘When I saw this dog had died and he was the oldest in the world, I thought Otto must be getting on to being the oldest as well.
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