Chanel (dog)

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Chanel dachshund.jpg
Species Dog
Breed Dachshund
Sex Female
Born (1988-05-06)May 6, 1988
Newport News, Virginia
Died August 28, 2009(2009-08-28) (aged 21)
Port Jefferson Station, New York
Known for once thought to be world's oldest dog

Chanel (May 6, 1988 – August 28, 2009) was a female dachshund, from the United States, that held the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest dog.[1] She died at the age of 21 on August 28, 2009.[1][2][3]


Chanel was only 6 weeks old when Mrs. Shaughnessy, a single mother at the time, adopted her from a shelter while serving with the United States Army in Newport News, Virginia, in 1988.[1]

Along with her owner, Chanel spent six years in Germany while Shaughnessy was on assignment. In her later years, she wore tinted goggles for her cataracts, was transported in a stroller because she could no longer walk for long distances without difficulty and favored sweaters because she was sensitive to the cold.[1]

Chanel died from natural causes on August 28, 2009, at her home in Port Jefferson Station, New York, at the age of 21.[1][4] Chanel was cremated after her death.[1] It was mistakenly reported by Sky News that Chanel had died in January 2010, they had in fact mixed her up with the dog that was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest dog after her death, Otto.[5][6] This has caused other news websites to repeat the error, including[7]


Chanel was nominated for the title of world's oldest dog by the Shaughnessy family after noticing the Guinness World Records had no entry. The previous holder, Butch, had died in 2003.[8] Shaughnessy forwarded written records verifying Chanel's age to the Guinness organization noting that families residing on American military bases must keep documents on their pets.[1] Shaughnessy explained in 2009, "We're military. You keep records."[1]

Guinness World Records officials presented Chanel with a certificate as the world's oldest dog at a Manhattan birthday bash hosted by a private pet-food company (Dogswell) in May 2009.[1]

Chanel became a minor celebrity in the United States following her 2009 certification as the world's oldest dog. She appeared Live! With Regis and Kelly and the Today Show and the Kathy Lee Show.[1] Chanel and her owner attended several fundraisers, including at New York's Tavern on the Green, though Chanel attended them in a stroller since she could no longer walk for long distances on her own.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k MacGowen, Carl (2009-08-31). "World's oldest dog dies in Port Jefferson Station". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  2. ^ Fernandez, Colin (2010-01-14). "World's oldest dog Otto dies age 146". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  3. ^ Eims, Penny (10 September 2011). "Family & Home Examiner". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "World's oldest dog dies in N.Y. at 21 years old". The Buzz. The Arizona Republic. 2009-09-02. 
  5. ^ "World's Oldest Dog Dies at Age 21". Fox News. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  6. ^ "World's oldest dog dies — twice". ohmydog!. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  7. ^ "Guinness World Records: Oldest Dog Dies". 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  8. ^ Silvaraman, Aarthi (2009-05-06). "Chanel, world's oldest dog, has her day". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 

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