At the astonishing age of thirty, Bobi, the Portuguese pooch, has beaten a century-long record to become officially recognized as the oldest dog ever.
The purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo’s age – typically expected to live between 12 and 14 years – is confirmed by Guinness World Records.
Guinness World Records finally named Bobi the world’s oldest dog on his 30th birthday. Despite this remarkable achievement, Bobi’s early life was no less than a roller coaster ride.
The early life of Bobi
Bobi was born in Conqueiros, a rural village in Portugal, with three other male puppies. Leonel Costa, Bobi’s current owner, told Guinness World Record that his father buried all the newborn puppies besides Bobi solely by accident.
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Costa said that one day he followed Gira, Bobi’s mother, back to the shed and found Bobi alive. His brown fur coat had camouflaged him making Costa’s father overlook Bobi when picking the other puppies up.
In order to keep Bobi safe, Costa and his brothers decided to keep the discovery a secret from his parents, up until he opened his eyes.
“I confess that when they found out that we already knew, they screamed a lot and punished us, but it was worth it, and for a good reason!” Costa said.
Signs of Aging
Although Bobi is a very polite and socially active dog, he has shown signs of aging. The family told Guinness World Records that Bobi has some difficulty while walking, and he often bumps into things because of his worsening eyesight.
Besides that, Bobi loves to play with his four cat siblings, and takes long strolls around the farm. The family also mentioned that in winter, he likes to relax by the fireplace and stay warm.
The previous ‘World’s Oldest Dog’
Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, was the previous holder of the title ‘World’s Oldest Dog’ by Guinness World Records. She was born in 1910 and died in 1939, living a life of 29 years and 5 months.
According to Guinness World Records, Bluey was owned by Les Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia.