Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oldest Yorkie / Yorkshire Terrier

On average, a Yorkie lives between 12 and 15 years.

He may be a venerable 154 years old in dog years, is blind in one eye and only has a few teeth left - but he's still energetic and active, going out for two walks a day and regularly playing with his loving owner, 71-year-old Betty Holdsworth.

He is still able to run around and even jump - despite the fact that he was in a bad state when he was taken in by the local RSPCA before being placed with his new owner.

'His coat was filthy and matted and his nails were so long he couldn't stand up. He was also very underweight and his teeth were rotten,' the RSPCA's Jule Cockroft told the Halifax Courier earlier this month.

And Billy could be in line to claim the record of the world's oldest dog if his age can be proved. The Guiness Book of World Records confirmed that the current holder of the title is a 21-year-old dog.

The world's previous oldest dog, a dachshund terrier cross called Otto, was put to sleep in January this year at the age of 20 years and 11 months after suffering from stomach cancer.


EdDoc said...

What a little sweetheart! I never saw a Yorkie that I didn't like.

Anonymous said...

We may have the oldest yorkie. Her name is katie. She is 16 years old. She is almost completely blind. Almost completely deaf, but still has to much life left in her to put down. She still manages to find her way around the house. Still gets happy when her Mom comes home. Her favorite habit that she still insists on every evening is to sit on the couch with her Mom and eat JuJu bees that her Mon has chewed for her. She only has 3 teeth left. We half way exspect her to make 17.

Anonymous said...

I have a 17 year old yorkie, Chuckie, still up and running, not blind or anything :) He is a vegetarian and I add lentils to his food..He is awesome!!!