Wednesday, April 2, 2014
B is for Bluey
Bluey was an Australian cattle dog who was owned by Les and Esma Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia. Bluey was born June 1, 1910 and lived until November 14, 1939. He lived to be 29 and a half years old and was known as the dog that lived the longest according to the Guinness World Records (until “Lucky” came on the scene in 2008).
Interesting enough, Bluey and another Australian Cattle Dog name “Chilla” who was reported (records unverifiable or unavailable) to have lived for 32 years and 12 days were the basis of a study to determine if Australian Cattle Dogs had exceptional longevity.
100 dogs were studied and the average life span was determined to be just 13.41 years. The study did conclude that Austalian Cattle Dogs are a very healthy breed and that they live 1 to 2 years longer than other breeds of dogs. The study also concluded that “Bluey” and “Chilla’s” long lives was merely exceptional and not to be considered as normal.
Posted by Gregg Metcalf at 5:00 AM