This French Bulldog could be the oldest in the world and its owner says its long life is down to “love” and “lots of attention.”
Reuben Ford reckons his 17-year-old pet Rocco is the top dog when it comes to age.
French Bulldogs usually live for between 10 and 12 years – but Rocco is still going strong.
Reuben, from Los Angeles, says his pooch loves watching movies and having a lie-in in his old age.
And has now revealed the key to giving your dog a long life.
Reuben said: “People typically ask ‘what’s the secret?’ ‘what medicine do you give him?’ or ‘what do you feed him?’
“The answer to all three is love, a healthy diet and lots of attention.
“When Rocco turned 16, friends, Frenchie enthusiasts and veterinarians commented he was the oldest Frenchie they had ever heard of.”
Rocco was born in São Paulo, Brazil on February 1, 2006.
He’s travelled the world over his lifetime, but now enjoys spending his twilight years in LA.
He is 17 years and seven months old – putting him just eight months behind the oldest French Bulldog ever.
That dog – Popeye – died in 2021 at 18 years, three months, and eight days.
Rocco is losing his hearing due to old age but is otherwise in good health.
He takes no medication but has regular trips to the vet to make sure he stays in top condition.
Due to his age, Reuben says vets have confirmed that Rocco is typical of the breed before fashion trends impacted the physical characteristics of the dog.
He has a slimmer build and slightly longer muzzle than modern “designer dogs” – which are characterized by their smaller frame, snub nose, flat face and stocky body.
It’s been suggested his appearance has helped him reach his old age – as some Frenchies, due to selective breeding, can suffer from breathing difficulties and back problems which can reduce life expectancy.
Reuben said of Rocco: “Rocco has always been a typical, companion Frenchie: happiest when with his owners, on the sofa watching a movie or having a lie-in.
“Training him relied on praise and attention, never treats.
“Although he has lost his hearing with age, he is in good health, visits the vet every 6 months, has a strong heart and takes no medication.
“He loves his food, toys and bed. He doesn’t like stairs anymore and his biggest fear is, and always has been, being left alone.”
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