A GORGEOUS Chihuahua has found fame after being declared the world’s oldest living dog by the Guinness Book of Records.
The owner of the ageing pooch have revealed the secret behind his longevity.
Who is the world’s oldest dog Florida Chihuahua?
The four-legged friend called TobyKeith was born on January 9, 2001, making him 21-years-old.
He has outlived the normal Chihuahua’s life-span, which can vary from 12 to 18 years.
The tan Chihuahua is a big brother to Luna, a seven-year-old American Bulldog and Lala, a three-year-old Chinese Crested.
To commemorate his newfound status, TobyKeith was treated to a splash-about in a bath, had his nails trimmed, and went for a special car ride.
Who are Florida Chihuahua’s owners?
TobyKeith’s owner is Gisela Shore, from Greenacres, Florida.
She believes the secret to the pet‘s long life is regular exercise and a nutritious diet of veggies, rice, and chicken with no sugary treats.
She said she also believes that healthy genetics and a caring environment are the keys to his “grand old age.”
“When he turned 20 years, everyone’s reaction was WOW! My friends and family thought he was the oldest dog they knew about,” Shore told Guinness World Records.
TobyKeith does have a heart condition, but it doesn’t keep him down much.
TobyKeith was just a few months old when Shore, an animal rescue volunteer, adopted him from a local shelter.
His original name was Peanut Butter, but was changed shortly after he joined Shore’s family.
“I was a volunteer at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue and one of the employees told me about an elderly couple trying to surrender a puppy because they could not take care of him any longer,” Shore said.
Shore added that she has fostered over 150 dogs and puppies from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue, where she met TobyKeith all those years ago.
Additionally, Gisela has two parrots, Coqui, a 32-year-old African Grey and Coco, a 28-year-old Umbrella Cockatoo that is TobyKeith’s best friend.