At 21 years and 66 days, Chihuahua dog breaks the Guinness record for longevity and his owner reveals his secret

Guinness World Records verified and confirmed TobyKeith’s title on March 16, when the dog was 21 years and 66 days old.

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A beautiful Chihuahua has risen to fame after being declared the oldest living dog in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

The dog’s owner has revealed the secret behind its longevity.

The four-legged friend named TobyKeith was born on January 9, 2001, making him 21 years old..

Guinness World Records verified and confirmed TobyKeith’s title on March 16, when the dog was 21 years and 66 days old..

It has outlived the normal lifespan of a Chihuahua, which can range from 12 to 18 years.

The tan chihuahua is the older brother of Luna, a seven-year-old English bulldog, and three-year-old Lala.

To commemorate his new status, TobyKeith was treated to a dip in a bath, had his nails trimmed, and went on a special car ride.

The TobyKeith’s owner is Gisela Shore, of Greenacres, Florida.

she believes that The secret to long pet life is regular exercise and a nutritious diet of vegetables, rice, and chicken without sugary treats.

She said she also believes healthy genetics and a caring environment are the keys to her “great old age.”

“When he turned 20, everyone’s reaction was Wow! My friends and family thought he was the oldest dog they knew,” Shore told Guinness World Records.

TobyKeith has a heart condition, but that doesn’t depress him too much.

The pup 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 it was changed shortly after joining the Shore family.

“I was volunteering at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue and one of the employees told me about an elderly couple trying to give up a puppy because they couldn’t take care of it anymore,” Shore said.

Shore added that she has bred more than 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 Gray Parrot, and Coco, a 28-year-old Umbrella Cockatoo who is TobyKeith’s best friend.