Oldest Dogs of the World

The oldest dogs of the World

We pet owners love our golden oldies. Dogs usually can live to between 8 and 15 years, depending on their breed and general health. Remember, for pets, the quality of their years is more important than the quantity. 15 years is a very good age for most dogs to attain. Owners of older dogs should feel proud if their pets have lived happy lives to this ripe old age. But some dogs seem to go the extra mile: they just keep going and going, often still in excellent health, well past the normal canine lifespan. Let’s have a look at some of the oldest dogs in the world.

The oldest dogs, Europe

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Otto Jones

There have been many long-lived European dogs, many of which hail from Great Britain. Otto Jones, a Dachshund/Terrier cross from England, was born in 1989 and died in 2010. His owners had owned him since he was a six week old puppy. As an old dog, Otto was a little arthritic and deaf, but still liked to play with children on the street. The Jones family thought that Otto’s good health was due to a good wholesome diet, regular check-ups at the vet, and lots of love.

Adjutant was another long lived English dog. Adjutant, a black Labrador, was born in 1936, and worked as a gamekeeper’s dog with his owner James Hawkes. He lived to an impressive 27 years. Bramble the Collie, a rescue dog belonging to Anne Heritage, was a more recent golden oldie. She died in 2003 in Somerset, at 28 years old. Her owner thought that good exercise and a healthy diet, which included lentils and organic vegetables, was the secret to Bramble’s longevity.

Other elderly European dogs include Piccolo, a crossbred dog from Farra d’Alpago in Italy. He was born in 1987 and lived for a striking 23 years. Sotirakis, a Greek dog born in 1993 who was 20 years old when he died.

The oldest dogs, the Americas

butch-beagle-odest-dogsButch, a Beagle from the USA, is certified as one of the oldest dogs in the world. He was born in 1975, and only died in 2003 when he was 28. Another American record holder was Chanel, a Dachshund from Virginia. Her owner, Mrs Shaugnessy, a single mother serving in the US Army, came across the little dog in a Virginian dog shelter and adopted her. Chanel remained with Mrs Shaugnessy all her life.

In her old age, Chanel was pampered, with tinted goggles for her cataract-affected eyes, sweaters to keep her warm, and a stroller for her to ride in. Chanel died when she was 21 years old in August 2009, a few months after she had been presented with a certificate by the Guinness Book of World Records at a special doggy birthday party.

The oldest dogs, Asia

pusuke-oldest-dogs-asiaAsia’s oldest dog is Pusuke from the Tochigi prefecture in Japan. Pusuke was a Shiba Inu crossbreed, born in 1985, who lived with the Shinohara family in Sakura, Japan. In 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records gave Pusuke the title of oldest dog in the world. The Shinohara family said that Pusuke remained healthy even in his old age, going with them on daily walks and eating plenty until a few days before his death, when he lost his appetite and had difficulty breathing. He was 26 years old when he died in his family’s home in 2011.

The oldest dogs, Australia

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Maggie – The Kelpie

Two of the oldest dogs in the world came from Australia: Maggie and Bluey. Maggie was an Australian Kelpie, born in 1986, who lived on owner Brian McLaren’s dairy farm since she was a little puppy. She died almost 30 years later in April 2016. Maggie was a herding dog, and rounded up the farm cattle (and occasionally enjoyed some of their milk!), and, while not a pampered pooch, was loved and well looked after. Kelpies tend to be very healthy dogs, perhaps because their ancestors include the wild Australian Dingos: any animal that can survive in the Australian outback has got to be hardy.

Mr McLaren unfortunately did not have the correct paperwork to prove Maggie’s age, so she isn’t officially the world’s oldest dog. That honour goes to Bluey, a dog born in 1910 in the town of Rochester, in Victoria, Australia. Bluey was an Australian Cattle Dog who spent a good 20 years rounding up sheep and cattle. He died in 1939, at the incredible age of 29 years, 5 months. Australian Cattle Dogs are remarkably healthy, which is probably linked to their origin as a working dog, bred to work in the harsh Australian outback – but even for a dog of this breed, Bluey lived to an extraordinary age.

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  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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