Preble County dog ‘Spike’ claims Guinness record for world’s oldest dog

CAMDEN — A Preble County Chihuahua named Spike has just claimed a Guinness World Record after being named the world’s oldest living dog. He received the title on Dec. 7, 2022.

Spike celebrated his 23rd birthday on Nov. 10 and lives with the Kimball family in Camden.

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The original record-holder, Pebbles, 22, of South Carolina died earlier in October. After her death, TobyKeith, 21, of Florida became the oldest living dog.

Spike unexpectedly became a part of the Kimball family in 2009 after a trip to the grocery store, his owner, Rita Kimball, previously told News Center 7.

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The Kimball family was not sure how old Spike was, so he was taken to a local vet. The vet told Kimball Spike was born on November 10, 1999, which means Spike is 124 years old in human years.

Throughout his 23 years, Spike has been through a lot, including almost becoming a snack for a coyote and at the age of 15 being attacked by a Pitbull.

The previous record holder for the oldest living dog was Gino Wolf for being 22 years old and 52 days. That title was verified in Los Angeles, California., on Nov. 15, 2022.

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