A dog named Chanel has just been declared the world’s oldest canine.
Chanel, a Dachshund cross that lives in New York, has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records as being 21 years old. Working on the widely held principle that a dog year equals seven human years, that makes Chanel an amazing 147 years old. According to her owners, Chanel is hard of hearing and suffering from cataracts. But otherwise she is in fine fettle and was even able to celebrate her 21st by visiting a New York Dog Hotel and Spa with come canine chums. You can read all about her - and see some fun photographs - here
Chanel, however, is far from the oldest dog to have ever lived. Until last Autumn, the oldest dog alive was believed to be Bella, a 29-year-old Labrador cross from Britain. Bella died from a heart attack in her Lincolnshire home a few months short of snatching the record for the oldest dog ever recorded. That honour remains the property of an Australian cattle dog called Bluey. He was put to sleep at the age of 29 years and 5 months. In human terms that means he was about 205 years old!