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R.I.P., World’s Oldest Mutt

Written by PETA | December 7, 2011
© Audrey Coleman

Pusuke, who held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living dog, died in Japan on December 5, 2011. He was 26 years and 9 months old. He was also a mutt. Coincidence? Not likely.

Mixed-breed dogs like Pusuke tend to be healthier than their “purebred” cousins, because purebreds are often inbred and bred for certain unnatural and exaggerated physical traits. These harmful practices cause many purebred animals to suffer painful and life-threatening genetic defects, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, epilepsy, and others.

Ready to give an animal a long, happy life? Increase the odds that your animal companion will be part of your family for many, many years and save a life by adopting a lovable, healthy mutt from your local animal shelter.

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  • lisa says:

    My old lady cat passed away last year at the ripe old of 22 my vet said it was the oldest cat she’s ever seen and my old man cat who is also blind is 19 now and still going strong my youngest is 7 months old so think she’ll be with me for years and years lol.

  • Marie says:

    That’s so sad. RIP, Pusuke. I hope his human friends can emotionally heal and in time find another dog buddy to share their life with. My dog got to the ripe old age of 15 before his arthritic joint pain was unable to be managed so he could have a decent quality of life, and then we had to have him put to sleep. Mutts really are the best dogs. Mine was a lovely Heinz 57 mix of German Shepherd, Border Collie, and who knows what else.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    My dog Rex was a stray who was found by my local animal league and we adopted him but didnt know his age. He turned 12 this past May since the vet techs said he was born around May 27 1999. He is part German Shepherd and part Husky. He is a big dog, about 90 pounds so that is pretty old for a big dog who don’t live as long as small dogs. Sometimes he acts like an old man but other times he acts like a puppy still running around playing with his toys. I know he won’t live much longer but we still love him so much. By the way, the world’s oldest dog died at the age of 29. His name was Bluey and he lived I think in Australia and died back in the 30’s or around there. I think he was a cattle dog mix.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Almost 27 years old, that is truly amazing! But his guardian is probably heartbroken. We estimate my dog Buck will turn 12 on December 17th. When we adopted him, his veterinarian estimated his age to be 18 months old. It seems as though we got him yesterday!