Pusuke, officially recognised as the world’s oldest dog, has died in Japan. Aged 26 years and nine months, Pusuke died peacefully on Wednesday evening, two days after suddenly refusing to eat.
The dog’s age would be the equivalent of about 125 in human years. Living in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, Pusuke was owned by Yumiko Shinohara. The male crossbreed was certificated as the world’s oldest dog about a year ago.
Although Pusuke was the oldest dog alive until recently, the oldest dog ever recorded was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey who died in 1939 aged more than 29. A US dog named Max is claimed by some to have been older than Pusuke, at 28 years and 119 days and still going strong.