Animal Diaries: ‘World’s Oldest Dog’ Dies At Good Old Age


An Australian Kelpie named Maggie, reportedly the world’s oldest dog, has died at the age of 30 at home on a dairy farm in the Australian state of Victoria.

Maggie, a black-and-tan kelpie, was owned by a Woolsthorpe dairy farmer Brian McLaren, who on Wednesday morning confirmed the death of his “great mate” saying she died on Sunday night in her basket.

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McLaren said Maggie was the world’s oldest dog, though her age can’t be verified because Brian says he lost the dog’s ownership papers and any proof she was a record-breaker when she was a puppy. McLaren collected Maggie as an eight-week-old puppy with his then four-year-old son, Liam, 30 years ago.

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Brian McLaren says:

“She was still going along nicely last week, she was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing. She just went downhill in two days and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch … ‘She hasn’t got long now’.”

Before her death, Maggie the farm dog was deaf and had been losing her vision. McLaren, who is still mourning the loss of his dear dog, says he is sad but pleased she went the way she went. Maggie received national media attention in November last year after McLaren said she was the world’s oldest dog.

The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Bluey, an Australian cattle dog that died in 1939 at the age of 29, as the world’s oldest dog ever. Bluey was bought as a puppy in 1910 in Victoria and worked among cattle and sheep for nearly 20 years before being put to sleep.

Most dogs live for between eight and 15 years. Authentic records of dogs living for more than 20 years are rare and generally involve smaller breeds.

Maggie has been buried in a marked grave under a pine tree.

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