He was adopted by owner Gisela Shore when he was only a few months old, and today, the Tobeketh Chihuahua is very, very large. Amazingly, he turned 21 years and 66 days old on March 16, 2022, making him the oldest living dog in the world, according to Guinness World Records.
The big dog lives with his family in Greencres, Florida, and has a heart condition that doesn’t cause him much trouble. The dog was born on January 9, 2001, and was taken as a puppy by Peggy Adams Animal Rescue, where Shore volunteered and cared for 150 dogs.
The owner remembers when Guinness. “I met the couple and got to know a little tanned Chihuahua. They named him Peanut Butter. I later changed his name to Tobeketh.”
Since then, more than two decades of companionship have passed between the dog and the owner. Shore realized, then, that a 20-year-old dog could be the oldest in the world—not least because friends and family consider him the oldest in the world.
When the world record was confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records, everyone was overjoyed. “You definitely brought a big smile to my face!” says the woman. TobyKeith got a “change in appearance” because he became a record holder: he showered, clipped his nails and went for a car ride in a costume of colorful owls.
Shore believes his puppy remains healthy due to regular exercise and a healthy diet consisting of vegetables, rice and chicken. She also dispenses with giving any type of sugary treat to the pet, and also considers that the key to a dog achieving longevity is, in addition to food, genetics and of course a loving home.
This “formula” for aging appears to have worked: Tobeketh has far exceeded the normal lifespan of a Chihuahua, which can range from 12 to 18 years, according to Guinness. “People can’t believe how good he looks for his age,” says the owner of the amulet.
Tobeketh is considered by her mentor to be her “little bodyguard”, who accompanies her to various places and lays on top of her when they watch TV together. In addition to the Chihuahua, Shore has two other dogs (Luna, a 7-year-old American bulldog, and Lala, a 3-year-old Chinese prostitute) and two birds (Coco, a 28-year-old white cockatoo, and Kukui, a 32-year-old gray parrot in general).
The old Chihuahua loves to play with other dogs, but it is interesting that he shares a special bond with Coco, who often walks with him. The dog gets up early at 6:30 for a morning walk, and his favorite food is a slice of turkey. For the rest of the day, he walks shorter distances or stays with his companion during his stay home office.
While TobyKeith holds the record for the oldest dog alive, another pet is known as the oldest dog in history. The late Australian Cattle Dog Bluey, whose owners were Les and Esma Hall, of Victoria, Australia, was the dog that lived the longest, according to Guinness World Records. Bluey obtained in 1910 as a puppy, lived among cows and sheep for nearly 30 years, was sacrificed on November 14, 1939, aged 29 years and 5 months.