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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Could this Mayo farmer’s dog be the oldest in the world?

Patrick Geraghty believes his Border Collie, Skippy, could be Ireland’s oldest dog and one of the oldest in the world.

According to the 84-year-old Mayo farmer, the dog is 26-years-old or 130-145 in human years.

Records suggest that the average life expectancy for a Border Collie is between 12-15-years-old.

Skippy the dog 

The Erris native bought Skippy when he was just a few-weeks-old in the mid-1990s from Joe Dean, Belmullet. He was a farm dog up until two years ago.

Geraghty – who farms on Elly Bay – credits two tins of Brandy dog food daily, an Irish stew (gravy on top), water and fresh sea as the secrets behind his border Collie’s long life.

The Mayo farmer does not have official records to confirm his dog’s age.

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The “greatest reliable age” the Guinness World Records recorded for a dog was 29 months, five months.

Les Hall of Victoria owned the Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who worked among cattle and sheep in Australia for nearly two decades before being put down in November 1939.

According to the Guinness World Records, most dogs live for 8-15 years.

It says that “authentic” records of dogs living over 20 years are “rare and generally involve smaller breeds”.

According to records, some of the oldest dogs included 28-year-old Butch the Beagle, Taffy the Welsh Collie, who died aged 27 years and 211 days and Snookie the Pug from South Africa, who lived 27 years and 284 days.

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