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Otto crowned world’s oldest canine

OTTO JONES, a Dachshund-terrier cross, has been crowned the world’s oldest dog, after reaching the equivalent of 145 years of age in dog years!

The dog, from Shropshire, is described as a lovable rogue by his owners, Lynn and Peter Jones, who attribute his youthful demeanour and long life to a "wholesome diet of Sunday dinners and vegetables".

The 20 years and eight months old dog has been recognised as the oldest living dog by Guinness World Records and despite his age still enjoys playing ball with neighbours' children.

According to Lynn and Peter, otto is a bit deaf, but apart from a few grey whiskers and a touch of arthritis they said he was fit and healthy.

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.