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Pet crowned world's 'oldest dog'


Despite his age, Otto still enjoys playing ball with neighbours' children

A dog from Shropshire has been crowned the world's oldest canine, which his owners have put down to a "wholesome diet of Sunday dinners and vegetables".

Otto Jones, a Dachshund terrier cross from Reabrook, Shrewsbury, is 20 years and eight months old.

He has been recognised as the oldest living dog by Guinness World Records and despite his age still enjoys playing ball with neighbours' children.

His owners Lynn and Peter Jones said he was a "loveable, affectionate rogue".

The couple have had him since he was a puppy.

TV appearance

He is a bit deaf, but apart from a few grey whiskers and a touch of arthritis they said he was fit and healthy.

"The only thing I can put it down to is plenty of good wholesome food. He loves his Sunday dinners and his vegetables," Mrs Jones said.

His owners said the children in his street regularly call for him to play.

"Nothing seems to faze him," Mrs Jones added.

Otto, who is a single bachelor, is due to be feature on the Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4 next month and has also been invited to open a dog show.

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