Is a Dachshund the world’s oldest dog?

Update 2009: Read about the late Chanel, the Dachshund awarded the title of world’s oldest dog by the Guinness World Records. Sadly, she died the same year she was awarded the contested title.


The Daily Doxie has recently had a number of hits from people looking for information on the life expectancy of a dachshund. So here is the answer: 12 to 15 years. But take heart, we have a number of readers whose wiener dogs have reached 17 and 18 years of age.

Thanks to the internet we also discovered, during the course of our research, a website entitled “Wiley, the 31-year-old Dachshund.”

Apparently, Wiley’s owners have taken some steps to try and get him into the Guinness World Book of Records, where the title of oldest living dog is held by 20-somethings, but no luck. It seems he might have outlived his breeder, who is needed to vouch for his puported longevity.

Without the required papers, Wiley’s not getting much respect for his claim to the aged dog throne. The Waco Tribune declined to print the news of his 30th birthday leaving him to keep on keeping on via the internet where his last blog post, written September 23, is entitled, “I’m alive.”

Update: Maybe Lone Star state newspapers deal with this kind of stuff regularly. Here’s another Texan claiming to have the world’s oldest dog.

Update2: Read more Daily Doxie reports on older Dachshunds.

32 thoughts on “Is a Dachshund the world’s oldest dog?

  1. Anonymous

    I have a miniature dachshund (Denzle) who was born May 25, 1990, which makes him almost 18 years old. I was recently wondering how old the oldest living dachshund was and stumbled across Wiley. My parents and grandparents had dachshunds when I was growing up and the typical lifespan for the dogs was around 12 years. I have the original certificate from the breeder with Denzle’s birthdate and was wondering if there was some sort of registry.

  2. amanda

    only last week my mother sadly had to have her 18 year old male dachshund (tuffy) put down as he lost control of his back legs. However his very active 19 year old mother Tara is still with us. We do also have a breeders certificate to prove her age. Tara lives happily on the South East Coast of New South Wales Australia.

  3. Anonymous

    It amazes me how you can slander someone so bad as you did, and even take personal stuff of someone and make it out as something bad and that they can’t care for the Dachsunds, AND then you still got the nerve to get other readers to badmouth the other party as well. WITHOUT getting your facts straight!!!! You were clever enough to steal from the other persons website, but you are not clever enough to contact that person and tried to clear it with them before slandering them ??? It will keep on amazing me…….. Wish I had a email addy for you so that I could contact you myself!

  4. Anonymous

    I posted back on January 3 regarding my miniture dachshund, Denzle. Sadly I have to post again about Denzle. He passed away yesterday April 7. We couldn’t wake him from his morning nap. He almost made it to 18.

  5. AnnB

    So sorry to hear about Denzle’s death but you sound like the type of person who gave him a long and happy life.

  6. Love My Doxie!!!

    I just came across this blog…I have a 6 1/2 year old doxie that I love more than anything else in the world (except my husband and daughter; even though they accuse me of loving her more)! She is showing slight signs of back pain, and I’m worried sick!!! I want her to live to be 30 for completely selfish reasons!! I don’t know what I’d do without her. I don’t know if I can function without her…I KNOW it’s not healthy, but I can’t change my feelings. Well, maybe I can, but I don’t know HOW! Thanks, needed to vent!

  7. Anonymous

    Ask your vet about SynoviG3 supplements. They are beef chews that help out with joint pain. Denzle was 16 when he started dragging his back legs from back pain. His vet started him on these supplements, and within 3 weeks he was back to his old self. At this point he couldn’t go up and down stairs, but he was very mobile for his age.

  8. Anonymous

    I have a mini-dachshie (Babe) that turned 17 years old yesterday. She does not look anywhere near as good as Wiley…and the vet gave her a grade of 4/5 in health for her age…he said she might live to be 21! i would have a vet look at the pics of Wiley’s teeth to determine age. Wiley appears to be around 13-15 going by my experience with aging dachunds. (Noodle died at 16 y/o in 2000.)

  9. Gina

    I know this is an older post but I just wanted to drop a quick note. My baby, Biscuit, turned 19 today! And she still runs and jumps like a puppy! Gotta love doxies!

  10. Anonymous

    Today is my dachshund’s 18th birthday! He is almost blind, deaf and has exhibited some dementia but otherwise continues to be a very lovable and loyal friend.

  11. rick & kim

    Happy bday to your doxie.We have a minature rust doxie thats 19 1/2 yrs old.He has the same things going on but my wifes homemade chicken soup has worked wonders.

  12. Anonymous

    My standard dachshund was a purebred and she died at the age of 29. She was as energetic as a young pup up until a year before she died. Then she seemed to be too tired to run, she would only walk, sometimes choosing to sleep more. Trust me, it’s possible for them to live into their late 20s. But that was the only dog I’ve ever owned so I had no idea that dogs don’t normally live into their 20s, let alone late 20s.

    Neutering the females young helps with health, preferably before they have a litter (but it will still work if they only had one litter). The females live longer that way. The males tend to gain weight and therefore accumulate health problems if they are spayed (but its the only way to keep them from impregnating every dog in sight which isn’t preferable unless you are a breeder).

  13. Anonymous

    Greetings from Melbourne, Australia. Iggy, my miniature black and tan long-haired Dachshund was 18 on 1 January, 2009! He has a few health problems – he is deaf, his eyesight does not seem to be good, but apart from that he is fine, eats well, looks fit, runs a bit and bosses everyone around! Of all the dogs I have owned, this one has an amazing inbuilt alarm clock – when we should get up out of bed, have breakfast, go to work, go to bed and of course, and the most important – his dinner-time! He knows when people are coming home from work and when regular visitors are arriving. He is hard work at times, a bit headstrong, but that is the breed, I think (and perhaps a soft owner,too!)!

  14. Anonymous

    We have a dachshund that is 18years 3 months old. We have been told that she is in exceptional shape, given her age.
    I was wondering if there is some type of registry or organization that recognizes the advanced ages of dachshunds? We have her birth certificate/papers for proof.

  15. Anonymous

    my parents mini dachshund is almost 21. On a similar note to the others whose dogs have experienced joint pain, we give prissy a bit of glucosemin and that has really helped her maintain her mobility.

  16. Meg

    My “man” George is 11 and sounds like a real old man already. He wants what he wants when he wants it. He is courageous to the point of foolhardy, taking on big dogs like his legs are much longer than they are: 8 inches. I can’t believe he can last another 10 years. He is starting to smell, and need lights turned on and be lifted up and down off things he used to spring off and on. Do you really think he has ten years left?

  17. housebreaking a puppy

    This is really cool information! I noticed that certain types of dogs seem to live a few years longer than others, but I never thought to check and see which type grew the oldest most often!

    I had a black lab who passed away when she was 16. For a while she was the oldest dog I knew!

  18. Abe

    I just hope all six of my doxies make it for a looong time! It will be excrutiating if they start going to the bridge one right after the other 🙁

  19. Kathy

    I have a mini-doxie named Choo-choo. I have her registration papers and she was born December 17, 1994. She is my first doxie and is still living. Of course, she’s deaf and is very blind, but she’s still a loving dog. She is having problems moving around and seems to have really slowed down this past year. I know it won’t be long before she will need to cross the “rainbow bridge”, but she is a true and loyal friend to me. I lost my long-haired mini-doxie a year ago (respiratory issues due to allergens) and I have 3 other doxies (2 puppies !) that are getting all the love and attention these little wonders deserve. I didn’t know how old the “oldest living dacshsund” would be, but I thought my old girl deserved recognition for living as long as she has so far.

  20. For Sammy

    My Sammy passed away on April 29th of a pulmanary embolism. He was almost 14 and it was a real shock when he passed. He has never had any health issues so I am very devastated. I have 2 other doxies olmost 15 and 1 of them has been paralyzed for 9 years and still gets along great in his cart. I will always miss my Sammy and have part of my heart missing since his passing.

  21. Kathy

    I posted about my mini-doxie Choo-choo back in April. Sadly, she has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was such a loving, loyal girl and will be forever missed in our household. We love you Choo-choo ! You gave me 16+additional years of joy, and the best thing I could do for you was to let you go. You’ll never be replaced, you were one of a kind.

  22. Estuardo Marroquín

    My uncle gave me a daschund on 1992, sadly he died on December 27, 2011, 11:30 am. It was one of the most painful days of my life. He turned 19 on November 6, he was the best dog Ive ever had. He came when I was only 3 years old. He was the oldest pet in my house, he was the leader. He was very active until January 2011 when he started having problems to walk and he was getting blind and deaf very quickly. He was loyal intil the end, he was playful until his last day, he even waited for me to be with him and then he died, my other dog a daschund (10 years) and my cat (8 years) are very very sad. He was my best friend, I still cry for him. I have his ashes at my room in a small wood coffer.

    1. AnnB Post author

      I am very sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was a great dog and that you gave him a wonderful life.

    2. ML Colger

      Sorry for you loss, but he was happy and so loved. Not to worry. He has lots of Doxie love in doggy heaven. My Sparky, Tootsie and Oscar will keep him company.

  23. Julie

    I have a mini-doxie, she in 4 years old. She is a rescue from a high kill shelter, I’ve had her 3 years. The happiest little dog in the world! She makes me feel happy to be with her. I love her dearly and I hope she will be with me for another 25 years! I lost my VERY best friend a few years ago, but I know he will be waiting for me at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge wanting to know what took me so long.

  24. ML Colger

    My Baxter will be 18 years old Thanksgiving this year. He takes heart murmur medicine daily, has only two teeth left, forgets where to go potty sometimes, but eats like a horse and tries unsuccessfully to keep our two younger dogs inline. He hobbles, sometimes even falls, but still keeps hanging on. He’s a happy, social dog and has been a joy to have around.

  25. Baburam

    Help. Spud is a 10 yr old dauchy who was rraley left alone. A year ago he has been left alone for first time. His separation anxiety causes excessive pooping/peeing in house. I recently introduced a crate, was positive, etc but he poops in crate to point of smearing it everywhere. All signs is that he goes utterly crazed while in crate, even for a few hours which is all he’s left for at this point. I’m stooped. Any suggestions? He never has accidents when we’re at home.

  26. Arsalan

    My dashound named Sydney- has turned 15 and is still as active as he was when he was 1- it’s amazing. He runs around so he keeps fit! He gets so grumpy if he doesn’t go for a nice walk- and still eats well which is great. Very bossy and stubborn but loving too.

    I always think he will live Into his 20s;)

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