World’s oldest dog: Guinness World Record holder Bobi

A Portuguese dog named Bobi has been named the world’s oldest living dog by Guinness World Records, which claims the dog is also the oldest dog ever recorded.

This geriatric dog is 30 years and 226 days old, as of February 1. Bobi was born on May 11, 1992, a millennium.

According to a short bulletin on the Guinness website, Bobi has lived all his life with the Costa family in the rural village of Conqueiros, in Leiria, Portugal.

Bobi is a purebred Rafeiro by Alentejo, known as a cattle guard dog. The breed typically lives around 12 to 14 years, so Bobi has long surpassed expectations in terms of his longevity.

Bobi broke the nearly century-old record held by the previous oldest living dog. Bluey, who died in 1939, holds the record after living 29 years and 5 months.

The Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Municépio de Leiria, the veterinary health service in Leiria, confirmed Bobi’s age and it has also been verified by the Portuguese pet database.


Additionally, Guinness describes Bobi’s life as “miracle” because the Costa family initially decided that he should be deposed. He was born as one of four male puppies in a dependency property owned by the Costa family.

Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, now 38, told Guinness that his father decided he couldn’t keep the puppies because they owned too many animals, which “unfortunately, at the time, It is normal for older people to be unable to keep animals. at home,” he said.

Bobi and one of his feline friends, Ceguinho. (Guinness World Records)

However, Bobi’s mother, a dog named Gira, kept coming back to the outbuilding after the puppies were taken away, and it turned out, one dog was left behind – it was Bobi.

Leonel Costa and his brothers decided to keep Bobi a secret.

Leonel told Guinness: “We knew that when the dog opened its eyes, my parents wouldn’t bury it anymore.

Guinness states that puppies can take one to two weeks to open their eyes as they can only do so once their central nervous system has developed.

When Leonel’s parents discovered Bobi, he opened his eyes and officially joined the family.

Regarding Bobi’s secret to long life, Leonel said only Bobi knows the answer.

Leonel said a “quiet, peaceful environment” outside of a big city could be a factor in Bobi’s longevity. The dog has never been on a leash and is free to roam as he pleases. Bobi also grew up with many other animals and was “very sociable” and always ate human food, he said.

Now, Bobi is spending the last years of his life with a lot less energy than before, but enjoys hanging out in Costa’s backyard with the family cats. Leonel said his eyesight is not good and he likes to relax after a meal.

Unfortunately, in 2018, Bobi had health problems and collapsed due to difficulty breathing. But he has since recovered and now has regular vet appointments. Leonel said tests show he is doing well, even at his age.

He added that Bobi is “one of a kind” and a reminder of the loved ones the family has lost, as they all know the dog.

“Bobi is special because looking at him is like remembering people who were once part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother or my grandparents who left this world. Bobi represents those generations,” he said.

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