World’s Oldest Dog Confirmed as 21-year-old Chihuahua

TobyKeith World's Oldest Dog Living

Guinness World Record conformed Chihuahua TobyKeith from Florida as the oldest dog in the world

Chihuahua TobyKeith from Greenacres, Florida (b. 9 January 2001) had his record World’s Oldest Dog Living verified at the grand old age of 21 years 66 days on 16 March 2022. 

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TobyKeith’s owner, Gisela Shore, rescued him from a local 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,” Shore told Guinness Records website. “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.”

Gisela started to consider TobyKeith as World’s Oldest Dog Living when he turned 20. ” My friends and family thought he was the oldest dog they knew about,” she said.

TobyKeith has a close friendship with Gisela’s 28-year-old umbrella cockatoo Coco (one of the two parrots she has) and often walks around with her. Otherwise, he enjoys eating slices of turkey, going on little walks, and lying next to Gisela’s work station while she works from home.

Gisela helps maintain TobyKeith’s health with regular exercise and a healthy diet, consisting of vegetables, rice and chicken. No sugary treats. “People can’t believe how good he looks for his age,” she says.

TobyKeith has a long way to go, though, to be crowned The Oldest Dog Ever Lived. World record still belongs to an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey, who died 14 November 1939 aged 29 years 5 months and was owned by Les Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia.