23-Year-Old Chihuahua Spike Officially Named World’s Oldest Living Dog

It’s true that dogs don’t live as long as humans, but some are blessed with long lives, inspiring us all with their health and longevity. A few may even claim the title of oldest dog in the world.

Today, a new dog has claimed that title: Spike, a 23-year-old Chihuahua, has been officially named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest dog.

According to Guinness, Spike was 23 years and 43 days old as of December 7, 2022, making him older than previous title holder Gino, who was named the oldest in November.

Spike, who lives with his human Rita Kimball in Ohio, is 23 years and 7 days old

Super elder Spike lives with his owner Rita Kimball in Camden, Ohio. The future record holder had an inglorious start to life: Rita found him in a grocery store parking lot, apparently mistreated by his previous owner.

„He had been shaved down to his back, had bloodstains around his neck from a chain or rope, and looked rather rough,“ Rita told Guinness World Records. “The grocery store clerk told us he had been there for three days, and they were giving him leftover food.”

When Spike followed her out of the store parking lot, she knew it was the start of a beautiful friendship and decided to take him home. She called him Spike, an ironic name for her “small and friendly” dog: “Spike was a name for a big dog. My guy was small, but he had the attitude of a big dog”.

Spike was already 10 at the time, which was not yet a puppy. Rita therefore could not imagine that he would still be there for 13 years.

Over the years, Spike has built up a nice routine on the farm. He wakes up early, visits the animals in the barn and accompanies his owner in her daily chores.

But Rita didn’t realize her sweet little dog could actually be a world record holder until she looked at Jimmy Fallon and realized Spike was older than Pebbles, the oldest dog at the time. .

„Most of our family knew Spike was old, but didn’t know he had a chance to be the oldest in the world,“ Rita told Guinness. „Now that he’s the record holder, they consider him a celebrity.“

Spike is showing his age a bit: he’s nearly blind and hard of hearing, and can be „irritable at times,“ but deep down he’s still the same sweet dog: „His little tail always wiggles when people talk to him.“

The title of world’s oldest dog has changed hands a lot over the past year. Last April, a 21-year-old Chihuahua named TobyKeith claimed the title, only to be dethroned a few weeks later by 22-year-old Pebbles.

But in October, Pebbles passed away, allowing TobyKeith to reclaim the crown – until it was discovered Gino was even older.

Now the record has changed hands once again. But no matter who holds the official title, all of these dogs are amazing and a testament to the fact that love and proper care can sustain some dogs far beyond their life expectancy.

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