World's Oldest Dog Is 20, Needs Glasses

Chanel the dachshund was born before you had email or a cell phone.

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009  |  Updated 12:11 PM EDT
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Most breeds, like this Shi-tzu, become seniors between 7 and 11 years of age. But a wire-haired dachshund named Chanel is 20, or 203 in human years.

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At 10, Sussex spaniel Stump may have been the oldest dog to ever win at Westminster -- but next to Chanel, he's practically a zygote.

When Chanel's owner adopted her, Ronald Reagan was still in office. The wire-haired dachshund from Port Jefferson, N.Y. is 20 - or about 203 in human years - and is believed to be the oldest dog in the world, says the U.K.'s Sun Newspaper. Just like your grandma, her hair's completely white, she gets cold easily (and wears a sweater) and needs glasses (or in this case, goggles - for her cataracts). But otherwise, she's just fine, thanks. Denice Shaughnessy, who adopted Chanel when she was six weeks old, chalks up her pup's longevity to a steady diet of table scraps. And yes, there's a gallery: Check out Chanel in action.

Up until last year, a Labrador mix named Bella in Lincolnshire, U.K. held the oldest-dog title. She died at 29.

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