Bluey (7 June 1910 – 14 November 1939) was a female Australian cattle dog owned by Les and Esma Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia. According to Guinness World Records, Bluey lived 29 years, 5 months, and is the oldest dog ever verified.[1] Three owners have made claims for longer-lived dogs—Max, Maggie, and Bella—but these claims have not been independently verified.[2][3]

Bluey
Dog Bluey.jpg
SpeciesCanis familiaris
SexFemale
Born(1910-06-07)7 June 1910
Rochester, Victoria, Australia
Died14 November 1939(1939-11-14) (aged 29)
Rochester, Victoria, Australia
Known forThe oldest dog in the world
OwnerLes and Esma Hall

Bluey's age, along with that of "Chilla", a Labrador Retriever and Australian Cattle Dog mix reported to have lived to the age of 32 years and 12 days,[4] prompted a study of the longevity of the Australian Cattle Dog to examine if the breed might have exceptional longevity. The 100-dog survey yielded a mean longevity of 13.41 years with a standard deviation of 2.36 years.[5] The study concluded that while the Australian Cattle Dogs do live almost a year longer than most dogs of other breeds in the same weight class on average, the cases of Bluey and Chilla should be regarded as uncharacteristic exceptions rather than as indicators of common longevity for this entire breed.[5] She was euthanised in 1939.[6]

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  1. ^ "Oldest dog". Guinness World Records. 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  2. ^ Knapton, Sarah (8 September 2008). "Oldest dog Bella the Labrador dies – aged 29". The Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  3. ^ Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae (18 April 2016). "'World's oldest dog' Maggie the Kelpie dies aged 30 in Australia". The Independent. London. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ World's oldest pooch dies, Beaver County Times, 13 March 1984. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  5. ^ a b Lee, P. (2011). Longevity of the Australian Cattle Dog: Results of a 100-Dog Survey. ACD Spotlight, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Spring 2011, 96-105. http://www.acdspotlight.com/
  6. ^ "Oldest dog ever". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 3 January 2022.

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  • 2004 Guinness Book of World Records