The world’s oldest dog ever, Bobi, has died at the age of 31.
Bobi was named the world’s “oldest dog living” and “oldest dog ever” by the Guinness World Records organisation on February 2, 2023.
The Portuguese pup registered with Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Município de Leiria (Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria) in 1992, who confirmed Bobi’s birth date.
His age was also verified by SIAC, a pet database authorised by the Portuguese government and managed by the SNMV (Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários; National Union of Veterinarians).
Bobi lived his whole life with the Costa family in the rural village of Conqueiros, in Leiria, Portugal.
The pup was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, which normally have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
After learning the “sad” news, the organisation said: “Guinness World Records are saddened to learn of the death of Bobi, the world’s oldest dog ever.
“Bobi lived to be 31 years 165 days old.
“He passed away on October 21 at his home in the Portuguese village of Conqueiros, where he lived his entire life with the Costa family.”
Bobi’s death was announced by Dr Karen Becker, a veterinarian who met Bobi several times.
She wrote on Facebook: “Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings.
“Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him.
“Godspeed, Bobi…you’ve taught the world all you were meant to teach.”
Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, said that Bobi came from a family of long-living pets, as his mother Gira lived to the age of 18 and another one of their dogs, Chicote, lived to be 22.
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