Meet Bobi – the oldest dog on record

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Bobi, the oldest dog ever

Bobi, a Rafeiro do Alentejo from Portugal, is currently the holder of a double record: he’s both the oldest dog alive, and the oldest dog ever recorded at the ripe of age of 30 years and 272 days old as of today (7 February 2023).

Guinness World Records has announced Bobi’s new record in early February. The previous record holder for the oldest dog ever was Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived to 29 years 5 months before being put to sleep in November 1939. Bobi’s age was confirmed through his registration with veterinary services and a pet database in 1992.

“Bobi was born in the village of Conqueiros, district of Leiria Portugal on 11 May 1992 on a family run farm, the same family he lives with to this day,” a statement by Guinness World Records reads. “Leonel Costa, Bobi’s owner, has grown up with him since he was 8 years old.

“Bobi is a very calm and sociable dog, who loves to be petted and plays a lot with the four cats he lives with. He gets along with other dogs he meets too, having lived with many animals throughout his life. His family believe the secret to his longevity is the fact that he has always lived in the countryside in a calm, peaceful environment, surrounded by nature. His favourite thing to do is walking around the farmland and the pine trees.

“He sleeps well at night and enjoys a good rest after meals, as well as relaxing by the fireplace on particularly cold days. Bobi loves to eat and mostly has the same food as his owners, but with care taken to soak it in water to remove the seasoning first. He also drinks plenty of water.”

Despite a health scare in 2018, Bobi is living a normal life, although his eyesight is not what it used to be and he does feel some of the aches that come with old age.

Bobi’s owner, Leonel, said, “Bobi has been a warrior for all these years, only he knows how he’s been holding on, it must not be easy because the average dog’s life span is not that high and if he spoke only he could explain this success. We are very happy and grateful to life for allowing us, after 30 years, to have Bobi in our daily lives.”

The previous record holder for the oldest dog living was Spike, who achieved the record at 23years and 7 days, as verified in Camden, Ohio on 7 December 2022 – a few months after the death of another previous record holder, Pebbles.

Images by Guinness World Records

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