Dachshund, 20, may be world's oldest dog

Sept. 10, 2009 at 3:16 PM

SHREWSBURY, England, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A British man said Guinness World Records is investigating whether his dachshund, aged 20 years and six months, is the world's oldest dog.

Peter Jones, 68, of Shrewsbury, England, said he believes the dachshund, Otto, is the world's oldest living dog after the death of a 21-year-old dachshund in the United States, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

"When I saw this dog had died and he was the oldest in the world, I thought Otto must be getting on to being the oldest as well," Jones said of the canine, who has reached 147 in dog years. "I thought it would be good to see if Otto is the oldest. My vet said to me that they hadn't got any older dogs going to see them."

"He will follow me wherever I go and doesn't go running off. If I go out, I come back and he's sat by the door waiting," he said."He's got a bit of arthritis but apart from that he's quite well."

Jones said he has submitted a certificate proving Otto's age to Guinness World Records.

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