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Chihuahua Becomes World's Oldest Dog

Born in 9 January 2001, 21-year-old Chihuahua TobyKeith has been confirmed as the world's oldest dog.

Chihuahua Becomes World's Oldest Dog

TobyKeith, who is owned by Gisela Shore, had his record verified at the grand old age of 21 years 66 days on 16 March 2022.

The American-born canine was officially confirmed in Greenacres, Florida, by representatives from the Guinness World Record organisation.

TobyKeith was adopted from an animal shelter when he was just a few months old.

“I was a volunteer at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue and one of the employees told me about an elderly couple trying to surrender a puppy because they could not take care of him any longer,” said Gisela.

“I met with the elderly couple and I was introduced to a tiny tan Chihuahua. They had named him Peanut Butter. I later changed his name to TobyKeith.”

And that’s where TobyKeith and Gisela’s story began, one that has gone on to span over two decades.

Gisela started to consider that TobyKeith could be the oldest dog living when he turned 20.

“When he turned 20 years everyone’s reaction was WOW! My friends and family thought he was the oldest dog they knew about,” said Gisela.

Once his record was confirmed, Gisela family and friends were thrilled.

“It definitely brought a big smile on my face!”

It wasn’t just the humans celebrating either. TobyKeith got a bath, his nails trimmed and went for a car ride as a special treat when the news was confirmed.

As you can imagine, the duo have a very close relationship.

“Tobykeith is my little bodyguard.  Follows me everywhere. Lays on me while we watch TV.  I adore him!”

TobyKieth shares Gisela’s affection with two other dogs; Luna (a seven-year-old American Bulldog) and Lala (a three-year-old Chinese Crested).

Now 21 years 3 months 5 days old at the time of writing, TobyKeith has far exceeded the usual life expectancy of an average Chihuahua, which can range from 12 to 18 years.