Essex Terrier-Whippet cross becomes world's oldest living dog?

Friday, 16th December 2011

A good diet of dog food and exercise has helped a Terrier-Whippet cross become one of the world’s oldest living dogs.

Pip is now 24 and her owner, Tiffany Dyer, thinks she is the oldest dog in the world.

The former Guinness World Record holder was Pusuke, from Japan, who died at the start of December at the age of 26.

However, Pip is unlikely to take the official title as she has no birth certificate, so her age cannot be formally proved.

Ms Dyer told the Daily Mail: "She has the right amount of exercise and a very good diet but she is a little old lady now so she needs her time to relax and does have problems with her eye-sight and hearing."

She added that it is great that Pip is the world's oldest dog, but said the most important thing is her quality of life.

The oldest ever dog recorded was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who died in 1939 at the age of 29.