By Jill Dando News
Bobi, a 30-year-old Rafeiro do Alentejo, has been crowned the world’s oldest living dog and oldest dog ever by Guinness World Records.
It broke a record that stood for almost a century and comes just weeks after Spike, 23, was given the title.
The record breaking pooch is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo – a breed that has an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
The previous oldest dog ever was Australia’s Bluey, who died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months.
As of 1 February, Bobi was 30 years and 226 days old, and is said to be doing well for his age.
His grand old age has been validated by the Portuguese government’s pet database, which is managed by the National Union of Veterinarians, according to Guinness World Records.
He has lived his whole life with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros, near Portugal’s west coast, after being born with three siblings in an outbuilding.
Part of the secret to Bobi’s longevity is said to lie in the peaceful environment he lives in
Mr Costa said: “Between a can of animal food or a piece of meat, Bobi doesn’t hesitate and chooses our food.”
Apart from a scare in 2018 when he was hospitalised after suddenly collapsing due to breathing difficulty, Mr Costa says Bobi has enjoyed a relatively trouble-free life and believes the secret to his longevity is the “calm, peaceful environment” he lives in.
It may also be in the blood – Bobi’s mother living to the age of 18.
But time has taken its toll on Bobi, who now has trouble walking and worsening eyesight.
Mr Costa says Bobi is the “last of a long generation of animals” in the Costa family and describes him as “one of a kind.”
Bobi’s crowning as the oldest dog ever comes just two weeks after Guinness World Records named another dog, Spike the Chihuahua, as the oldest living dog – at 23 years old.
Guinness have since updated its records, and announced Bobi as both the oldest dog living, and the oldest dog ever.
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