Britain’s Oldest “Puppy” Turns 26

“I really didn’t think he would last this long. It’s just all happened so quickly. We have been overwhelmed – I can’t believe he is Britain’s oldest dog.”

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Most dogs are considered seniors at 13 if they’re lucky to live that long at all – and this dog has doubled that figure.  Jack has just turned 26, but people still mistake him for a puppy.

The little Yorkie is arthritic and can only go for short romps, but he’s still a bundle of energy, which is misleading to people who just meet him.

Mary and Ray Bunn of Hartlepool, UK rescued him 16 years ago from a couple who wasn’t able to care for him.  Ray instantly bonded with him.

“My daughter’s next door neighbor spotted a couple who were going to tie him to a tree and leave him there. She took him, but their dog didn’t like him,” he explained to The Telegraph.

“My daughter told me about it and asked me to go round and the first time I saw him, he came running over to me and jumped into my arms.

“I didn’t even hold my arms out – the bond was instant. He very quickly became a big part of the family, and now we’ve had him for 16 years.”

The oldest dog on record is Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived to be 29.  He is one of the oldest dogs on record, and would be in eighth place if Guinness could prove Jack’s age.

“Someone the other day thought he was a puppy, but he has arthritis and can only walk so far.”


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“He’s on tablets, but he’s all right, and eats and drinks fine. He’s having some problems with his back and his legs as he is getting older, but he’s fine. Jack has always been a very friendly dog, but he hadn’t been looked after properly before he came to us.

“He had a brother, and we heard that he had been fed to a Rottweiler, so he was facing a horrible future before my daughter’s friend took him. He has always felt at home here. He’s generally a very happy dog and we all love him.”

“He has done so well. He is getting on a bit now and sleeps a lot, but other than that he is doing brilliantly.

“We go caravanning (camping) in the summer and he comes with us. He just goes waltzing in and out and everyone loves him to bits. He’s so cheeky.

“We have got to watch him with the stairs now, because he has arthritis, but I carry him like a baby so he doesn’t fall. Apart from that, he’s no bother.

“I really didn’t think he would last this long. It’s just all happened so quickly. We have been overwhelmed – I can’t believe he is Britain’s oldest dog.

“He has been really pampered – I think that’s why he’s managed to get this far. He has three beds and he comes and stays in the caravan with us. He loves his home comforts.

“We’ve had him for so long now and we’re dreading the day when he goes. He is like a son to me.”


327 thoughts on “Britain’s Oldest “Puppy” Turns 26

  1. My boys 15 and still in shape….his back legs are getting a little weak so i carry him up and down the stairs…he weighs 75 pounds!

  2. I am sure they are well fed ,well nurtured and looked after well and have been loved tremendously by the owner…God bless him with good health and longer life..

  3. My mum’s ‘Heinz 57’ dog which she saved from downing by pulling the bag out of the river reached 19yrs. Her Dobby reached 17. Xx

  4. my vet said senior at 10 and wanted my 8yr old on senior food diet too. Oldest I have had only lived to 16 have another that turned 16 now too

  5. Mine is 9 and still very active and young at heart!!! I wish he lives forever and ever!! It’s sad to even think about the end so just thinking positive.

  6. My Tootie she’s 13 years old and people thinks she’s a puppy .

    When I say she’s 13 they are shocked.

    I do wonder if she will still be around in her 20s. I hope so

  7. My terreier lived for 23 years,At 13 years I would tell the kids she doesnt have much time,we need to really give her all our love,after so many years they just laughed at me.

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