Bobi, recognized as the world’s oldest living dog, has died at the remarkable age of 31 years and 165 days.
The news of Bobi’s demise was shared on social media by a veterinarian who had met him multiple times. In February, Guinness World Records honored this purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo from rural Portugal as both the oldest living dog and the oldest ever recorded.
Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, attributed the dog’s exceptional longevity to factors like good nutrition, being in constant contact with nature, freedom to explore his environment, regular veterinary care, and love.
Bobi’s life was an extraordinary journey, beginning with a narrow escape from being put down as a puppy by Leonel’s father, who owned the hunting dog that was Bobi’s mother.
Bobi‘s lifespan far exceeded the average for his breed, with his peaceful, rural lifestyle, unrestricted movement, unseasoned human food, and plenty of water likely contributing to his long life.
Bobi’s 31st birthday was celebrated with a grand party, and he even participated in a dance.
The average dog’s lifespan is 10 to 13 years, making Bobi’s age truly exceptional. It remains to be seen who will succeed Bobi as the world’s oldest living dog.