Friday, January 29, 2010

Cairn Claims World's Oldest Dog Title

Watching the news, a family in Wales saw a story saying the oldest dog in the world had died at the age of 20. Then they looked down at their dog and realized she was 21!

The O'Brian family rang up Guinness World Records and soon it'll be official: the world's oldest dog is a Cairn Terrier mix named Gracie.

The family adopted Gracie when she was 16, turned in to a shelter because her longtime owner could not afford the dental treatment she needed. Now, five years later, Gracie is on the verge of becoming a canine celebrity.

She even has her own Facebook page.


At March 22, 2016 at 7:33 AM , Blogger dougiequick said...

Actually, according to my own experience with close relative the Australian Terrier, which we had several of, the thing that really gets the little guys IS dental problems! It takes out their kidneys! Saw it clearly twice, both dogs died eventually from kidney failure at just 15 years young, I wish I had been better educated and more proactive (a heads up for readers!) Their rotting teeth will KILL them! Not sure exactly how best to combat it, really hard to brush some of these fiesty dog's teeth. Maybe a drop of bleach swirled into their water every day?? (ask a vet) I say that because dogs that regularly drink swimming pool water have immaculate teeth ...although pool water has WAY too much chlorine and causes myraid other serious issues!

At September 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Our cairn terrier here in Illinois is still going strong at 17 1/2 years old! Bailey also had dental issues that we took care of but he is starting to lose his vision.

At April 24, 2017 at 1:32 AM , Blogger jeffro99518 said...

My Karen Terrier just turned 20 years old, he's going much slower blind and deaf but still gets around quite well and seems very happy here in Alaska

At April 27, 2017 at 3:30 PM , Blogger Smokey said...

Our cairn terrier, Smokey, in Maryland just died today at age 18.75 years. He had gone blind gradually but it did 't phase him. He eventually passed away due to dementia / stroke and organ failure. He had forgotten how to eat. Rear hips had arthritus and were weak. He had a strong will to live. In the final days when he list appetite and forgot how to chew, we kept him alive another week with gerber baby food (chicken and beef). Smokey was pedigree so we know his age exactly. Article above with adopted dog from shelter is nice but probably not true. Shelters don't have birth records. They take guestimates and hearsay regarding animal ages. Many times they have no age information whatsoever about "found" animals. .Sone vet probably looked at his teeth and guessed the age.

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