World's oldest dog dies at 26

23:23, Dec 06 2011
RIP: A male cross-breed, Pusuke, was listed as the oldest living dog in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010.

The world's oldest living dog has died in Japan at the age of 26.

The Daily Mail says Pusuke, a male cross breed, died peacefully early this week at Sakura in Tochigi prefecture. In human years, he was 125.

A year ago, the Guinness Book of Records named the pooch as the oldest on the planet. The previous record was held by a 28-year-old beagle in the US, who died in 2003.

Owner  Yumiko Shinohara said Pusuke had been in good health but on Monday suddenly stopped eating and had problems breathing.

He died in the afternoon just minutes after Shinohara had returned home from a walk.

The 42-year-old housewife told MSN India: "I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home."