They say old age creeps up like a thief in the night, but these pets certainly beat the odds. Here are some record-breaking pets that have just kept going and going. Do you have or know of any pets that have lived longer?
The prize for the oldest dog ever recorded was awarded to Bluey, a sheepdog from Australia. Bluey was declared Victoria’s oldest dog in the late 1930s and lived on to win the world title. Bluey was born on June 7, 1910, lived for 29 years, five months and seven days (approximately 129 dog years), and apparently lived on a diet of kangaroos and emus.
Many reports were saying that Chanel, a wire-haired dachshund, held the record for world’s oldest dog at 21 years old. However, in recent years, dozens of pooches have been nominated for the proud title of World’s Oldest Dog, such as: Bramble (27), from Bridgewater, Somerset, Jerry (26) and Jip (25). The typical lifespan of dogs varies widely among breeds but for most, the median longevity ranges from 10 to 13 years.
The average lifespan of an indoor cat is anywhere between 14-20 years but Creme Puff who died at age 38 human years (which averages to approximately 169 cat years), stands as the oldest cat ever recorded, according to the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records. Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas.
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Tish the goldfish was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest captive goldfish, 43 years after he was won as a prize at a funfair. In later life, Tish had faded from bright orange to silver, but remained healthy until shortly before his death. As of 2003, “Goldie”, also 43 years old, will be in the next edition of Guiness. Goldfish have been known to live into their 30’s at least. Life expectancies from 10 to 20 years are normal for well cared for fish.
Hazel, a 16-year-old miniature grey rabbit set the world record for being the oldest living rabbit. The oldest rabbit alive on record until last year was George, who was born in March 1994 and was owned by a couple in Boston, Massachusetts. He was declared the oldest living rabbit in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records after several vets confirmed his age as 14, as of March 13, 2008. The average life expectancy of a rabbit is 5-8 years.