Spike, 23, officially the world’s oldest living dog

A 23-year-old Chihuahua, named Spike was crowned by Guinness World Records, the world’s oldest dog. The Ohio dog, is about 23cm tall and weighs about 5,5kg. 

His owner, Rita Kimball, found him in a car park in Ohio almost 14 years ago. “The clerk in the grocery told us he had been there for three days, and they were feeding him scraps,” Kimball told GWR. “We opened the car door to put our grandson in his car seat, and Spike jumped right in and sat on the seat as if he knew where we was [sic] going. It was meant to be.”

Spike got his name after the dog from the Tom&Jerry cartoons, “Spike was a name for a large dog. My guy was small, but he had the attitude of a big dog,” the owner said.

“He is friendly but since he’s almost blind and hard of hearing, he gets testy at times and just wants to be left alone,” Kimball added about the dogs’ state.

Chihuahua is among the smallest of all dog breeds, and has a life expectancy of 12-20 years. “Most of our family knew that Spike was old but didn’t know he had a shot at being the oldest in the world, now that he is a record holder, they see him as a celebrity.”

According to GWR, the longest-living dog ever was Australian cattle dog, that lived to be 29 years and 5 months. Meanwhile, the oldest living cat turned 26 last year.

Source: manchesterworld.uk