World's oldest dog dies at 26
Pusuke, a male cross breed, died peacefully on Monday afternoon at Sakura in Tochigi prefecture.
He was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records in December last year as being the oldest living dog on the planet.
His owner, Yumiko Shinohara, said her beloved pet had been showing a good appetite and had kept up with his two strolls a day until Monday morning.
But he suddenly refused to eat and had problems breathing. He died in the afternoon just five minutes after Shinohara had returned home from a walk.
The 42-year-old housewife said, "I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home." Pusuke was born in March 1985. The previous record was held by a 28-year-old beagle which died in the US in 2003.