By John Ikani
The world’s oldest known dog has passed away at the remarkable age of 31, as confirmed by Guinness World Records on Monday.
The venerable guard dog, affectionately named Bobi, spent his entire life in the quiet village of Conqueiros, nestled in central Portugal.
Bobi was born on May 11, 1992, during a time when his owner, Leonel Costa, was just an 8-year-old child.
Earlier this year, Costa attributed Bobi’s exceptional longevity to a wholesome diet and the freedom to savour the fresh country air.
He proudly mentioned that his faithful companion had never been confined by a leash, stating, “Bobi eats what we eat.”
The news of Bobi’s passing saddened the team at Guinness World Records who had earlier officially recognized it as the world’s oldest dog in February this year.
Some sad news to bring you this Monday morning 😢
Bobi recently celebrated his 31st birthday and was the oldest dog ever officially verified by Guinness World Records.
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) October 23, 2023
Bobi’s incredible lifespan amounted to 31 years and 165 days, with his final day on Earth being last Saturday.
Veterinarian Karen Becker expressed, “Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough for those who loved him.”
More than 100 people gathered to celebrate Bobi’s 31st birthday this past May, a testament to the impact the remarkable canine had on those who knew him.
Bobi was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed known for its average life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.
Notably, Bobi’s owner, Costa, shares his home with four cats as well.
Rafeiro do Alentejo dogs have a long history as trusted sheepdogs, and Bobi’s incredible journey has left an enduring mark in the annals of canine history.
Prior to Bobi’s reign as the world’s oldest dog, the record was held by an Australian cattle-dog, who reached the age of 29 years and five months before passing away in 1939.