Guinness World Records names 23-year-old Chihuahua mix from Ohio world’s oldest living dog

Spike was 23 years and 43 days old as of Dec. 7, making him the world’s oldest living dog

Elizabeth Pritchett

By Elizabeth Pritchett | Fox News – Jan 20, 2023 – Fox News

My cmnt: Please be sure to read the Reader’s Comments below. They say it all.

According to the Guinness World Records, the world’s oldest living dog is a 23-year-old Chihuahua mix in Ohio.

Spike, who was 23 years and 43 days old on Dec. 7, 2022, is approximately 9 inches tall and 12.9 pounds. 

His owner, Rita Kimball, found him in the parking lot of a Camden, Ohio, grocery store over 13 years ago. He was believed to be 10 years old at the time.

“He had been shaved up his back, had blood stains around his neck from a chain or rope, and looked pretty rough,” Kimball told GWR. “The clerk in the grocery told us he had been there for three days, and they were feeding him scraps.”

Spike, a 23-year-old Chihuahua mix from Ohio, has been named the world's oldest living dog by Guinness World Records.

Spike, a 23-year-old Chihuahua mix from Ohio, has been named the world’s oldest living dog by Guinness World Records. (Guinness World Records)

When her family left the store and entered the parking lot, Kimball said Spike followed them. Not knowing who he belonged to, she decided to give him a home on her small farm.

The Chihuahua’s name was inspired by a cartoon dog known for its large size and aggressive disposition. Kimball said even though her Spike is small and friendly, he does have the attitude of a big dog.

She said the only time he acts in stereotypical Chihuahua fashion is when he is pet by a stranger.

“He is friendly but since he’s almost blind and hard of hearing, he gets testy at times and just wants to be left alone,” she said.

Spike, a Chihuahua mix from Ohio, is the world's oldest living dog at 23-years-old.

Spike, a Chihuahua mix from Ohio, is the world’s oldest living dog at 23-years-old. (Guinness World Records)

Kimball attributes her pup’s long life to having a “solid routine,” a healthy diet, room to roam, daily exercise, and unlimited love and attention.

She said Spike starts his day between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. – sometimes he likes to eat breakfast immediately, and sometimes he doesn’t. He spends some time visiting the cows, horses and barn cats in the family’s barn before going back to the house for a nap on the porch in preparation for the day.

On the weekends during summer, Rita will take him on walks through their rural hometown.

“There’s always something to do on a farm; we cut wood, clean out fence rows, bale hay and harvest crops,” she said, adding that Spike ends a long work week with a bath on Saturday evening.

Kimball said Spike occasionally enjoys braunschweiger with cheese for dinner and sometimes indulges in his favorite chips, Doritos.

Some of his favorite hobbies are napping and playing with the house cat. He also enjoys hiding his toy fox around the house.

Spike, the world's oldest living dog at 23-years-old, takes a nap.

Spike, the world’s oldest living dog at 23-years-old, takes a nap. (Guinness World Records)

Kimball contacted Guinness World Records after seeing the former oldest living dog, Pebbles, on an episode of “Jimmy Fallon” and realizing her pup was older. Pebbles died in October 2022 at 22-years-old.

“Most of our family knew that Spike was old but didn’t know he had a shot at being the oldest in the world,” Kimball said. “Now that he is a record holder, they see him as a celebrity.”

Readers’ Comments

Well, I didn’t have a working speedometer in my stock 1968 VW Beetle when I was 16, but I estimate that it went 250 MPH. Guinness, please go ahead and record that for me.

I was thinking the same thing, the dog could have been 2 years old when they found it and it just looks older.

Thought to be 10 years old when found in a parking lot? Pretty vague pedigree for a world record claim.

A good vet can usually tell age fairly close – soft life or hard life. – but I agree it’s unusual for Guinness to actually put it in the record books with no proof.

Wait a second here. They “found him in a parking lot 13 years ago”? He was “believed to be 10 at the time”? Sorry, I don’t think that qualifies. We had a dog under similar circumstances but we assumed that they misjudged his original age. We had “Cruiser” for 12 years and they told us they thought he was 8 when we adopted him.

I think that’s a ruff estimate

Next Week: “The World’s Oldest Bat: Pelosi“….

Wait…they are basing this on an estimate that when they found the dog he “appeared to be ten years old”?

Another institution deflated. I used to marvel reading their annual book of records as a child, now it’s just another joke, ever since their reality show.

Well this plummeted Guinness’ reputation. The dog’s age was estimated when it was found 13 years ago? Yea that’s accurate and acceptable. 🙄

Back in Vietnam fifty years ago, Guinness World Records awarded a dog’s owner a certificate for the oldest dog in that country. The dog was three.

When I was a kid my great aunt had a Chihuahua named Twenty. After his twentieth birthday she renamed him every year. When he died his name was Twentyfive.

Our cat is 24 years old, has been in the family the entire time, my wife is the third sister to own her. It out lived the other sisters.

So now we’re basing records on guesses or what? Vets can estimate how old a dog is but they can’t say yep, this dog is ten years old. Now if they can say we’re 100 percent certain he’s OVER ten years old but we’re not sure how much over, that would make sense, but I don’t think they can say that for sure

The dog identifies as being 23, so everyone else must acknowledge and affirm it is true. That’s the world we live in now.

Spike has more energy than Biden does. Undoubtedly smarter too.

Spike 2024

I lost my birth certificate, but I estimate I was 90 whenI got married. That makes me 123. Shall I contact Guinness to be declared oldest living human?

I didn’t know Guinness World Records took estimations. I can throw a rock pretty far; I estimate 2.37 miles.

so.. found him” we think he was 10.”.. what if he was 3 ? im betting hes not 23 years old… and they have an exact date … sounds like an attention play

Don’t know how Guinness can certify this right down to the day/birthday, when the dog was found…no way to actually determine its age and DOB…!

Well I found my cat when he was around 20 so that would make him 38. Any cash involved?

“Believed to be 10 years old, at the time”, is an assumption, not a fact. Sorry, that should not be good enough to base a world record.

Let me see if I’ve got this straight. A dog, who is exactly 23 years and 43 days old, based on his birthday of December 7th, was found in a parking lot and assumed to be around 10 years old? Boosts Guiness’ credibility!

Follow the science. Guessing is now absolute.

How do you win the oldest dog when you do not know how old a dog is? If she had a paper from the day he was born then I could say sure he wins but guessing he was 10 when really he was just abused make no sense. This is like the 2020 election adding on 10 years then calling him old.

Zero proof this dog is that old.

I have the oldest dog. I like them, picked her up when she was 106 years old, and now I have had her 55 years. All in human years.

“His owner, Rita Kimball, found him in the parking lot of a Camden, Ohio, grocery store over 13 years ago. He was believed to be 10 years old at the time.” So – no one can verify the dog is actually 23, then? But he holds the World Record? I believe my dog was already 23 when I found him 6 years ago. I guess my dog gets the world record, right?

How can you give a “world record” based on an estimate of how old he is? Guinness Book just lost what little credibility they had.

This is absolutely ridiculous, there are lots of dogs much older – Joy Behar has to be in her late 70s!

I’m the world oldest man… It’s said that I may have been 52 when my parents adopted me as a toddler..

Actually, Joe Biden is the world’s oldest living dog. (Like everything else, he lies about his age.)

This dog clearly did not get the vax.

To try and answer what many of us are wondering: This is from an Instagram post.

“Spike’s age is based on a range of evidence, including documents from several veterinarians, who all estimated the same approximate date of birth between July and November of 1999 for Spike. This was based on his medical condition, including his teeth and eyes.” So, it is a guess based on the latest date they estimated.

How can this record be bestowed when they don’t know the dog’s exact birthday? Sounds like some favoritism going on here.

Q: What do you get when you cross a dog and a calculator?

A: A friend you can count on.

Same eyes as AOC but the dog is cute and doesn’t bark as much.

Looks more alert than Brandon. just sayin 🤔

We have an ancient dog named Brandon. He is 187 and lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I apparently had the oldest cat. We guessed he was about 20 when he knocked on the front door. Based on that he lived to be almost 40. Just a guess.

My two dogs “Identify” as 72 and 31,,,, oh they are Democrats too!

They were unable to confirm his exact age as his birth certificate was in Bidens garage with other “important papers” and things have since been compromised.

I found a dog in the parking lot, counted it’s rings and found it to be 10 years old???

Vets have a way of estimating a dog’s age. I think they cut off one of its legs and count the calcium rings of its tibia or radius. 😂🤣

President Biden has announced his new running mate for 2024. In an unprecedented move and an effort to increase diversity within the executive branch of government, the president has dumped his current pet project, “kackles”, and announced “Spike” as a sure path to victory!

Wrong. Pelosi is 574 in dog years.

That is a breed of dog I do not like at all. Ugly, growling and mean. Haven’t met a friendly one yet

Typical small dog owner, “my dog is very nice, unless you’re not me, then it will try to bite you.” Small dogs are almost the worst, right behind the owners.

Impossible Hillary Clinton is the oldest dog followed closely by Nancy polosi

Everyone knows that Biden is the oldest dog.

“. . . the world’s oldest living dog . . .” I thought that was Maxine Waters.

I found a dog who I believe was 30 years-old when I found him. He’s 45 now.

Sounds like the CDC has taken over the Guinness organization.

Found in a parking lot, but knows the exact age? Did they cut it open and count the rings?

Tacos! The longevity food.

I thought the “oldest living dog” title was shared by Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters. My bad!

Spike is lucky he did not meet Obama long time ago

Thought this was a story about Dr Jill? My bad 😃 (JoeTard)

Study: “Pet parents take more pictures of dogs than children.” I suppose that is because dogs are easier house broken, will eat most anything and are less likely to throw temper tantrums.

I wonder if Spike has any relation to Adam Schiff. They have the same eyes.

That dog looks like Dr. Fauci

If cats had the ability to reply to text messages, they still wouldn’t do it. 😹

This is fantastic to hear, hey Guinness I have the oldest squirrel living in my backyard. He was “believed to be” 67 years old when I moved into my home. That was 3 years ago now.

Let’s🇺🇸Go🇺🇸Brandon!

I lost my birth certificate at the border. I’m 223 years old.

They can’t. You can take them to the vet who can give you a RANGE based on teeth, bones, etc. but the vet can also be WAY off.

Well, when I rescued my dog she was estimated to be 12 years old. That was 15 years ago. I will be calling Guinness this morning.

At first glance I thought it was Joe Biden

if there’s one breed of dog that you wished would die early……this would be it.

Is the dog vaccinated? Do we know his immigration status?

Chihuahuas are just rats that learned to bark.

(HeWhoRunsWithScissors):

Q:What’s the definition of a pet?

A: An animal that doesn’t taste good.

Spike, a Chihuahua mix from Ohio, has been eating Old Joe’s and Jill’s breakfast tacos for most of his life and claims that’s his secret to longevity.

Awards whether Nobel Prizes or Guinness world record have no true meaning anymore. They are no longer based on facts, but instead, are based on feelings.

Guinness is woke you see. You are as old as you say you are.

could be Bidens running mate… they would make a great team

Does Guiness have a listing for the oldest dead dog?

A dog’s life expectancy is inversely proportional to it’s mass 💡

The Joe Biden of chihuahua’s

I’m wondering when Guinness World Records is going to name the most woke person as well as the worst president in American history?

I thought Taco Jill was the oldest living Chihuahua?

Pound for pound ! These little ” Rat ” dogs are the most dangerous dogs on the planet. I’m actually surprised this rat wasn’t put down years ago. 🤣

What’s this world coming to?!! The “standard” in records and accuracy, Guinness World Records, is NOW the new Fake News darling?!! The use of the words “believed to be” and then giving the exact age down to years and days is ridiculous!

Naturally the most annoying dog breed lives the longest. I can’t stand those rat dogs!

Joe biden “appears” to be the oldest living human but doesn’t make it so.

Looks to me he crossed the border illegally. Chihuahuas are also suspect in the Cartels fentanyl distribution decoys lol

The greatest thing about Chihuahuas is they live so long. The worse thing about Chihuahuas is they live so long.

Lets ask the AKC for their “beliefs” on this one.

I wasn’t aware you could just tell Guinness how old your dog is. Good to know.

Release the birth certificate!!

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