Maggie the Kelpie, an Australian dog that was possibly the oldest canine in the world, has died.
Owner Brian McLaren, a dairy farmer in Woolsthorp, Victoria, confirmed the news to The Weekly Times.
“She was 30 years old, she was still going along nicely last week, she was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing,” he told the newspaper, adding that the dog has started deteriorating two days previously.
At the age of 30, Maggie was over 200 in human years, and a contender for the oldest dog in the world, but Mr McLaren had lost the original paperwork for the dog, meaning that her age could not be independently verified.
Officially, the title of the oldest dog in the world still belongs to Bluey, an Australian cattle-dog from Rochester in Victoria, which reached 29 years and five months. According to the Guinness Book of Records his owner bought him as a puppy in 1910 and he grew up to work among the sheep and cattle until he was put down in November 1939.
Dogs usually live between eight and 15 years. One of the last ageing dogs to be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records was Chanel, who at one point was the oldest living dog on record. The dachshund from New York celebrated her 21st birthday in 2009.
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