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Puppy that escaped being put down is now the world's oldest dog

By T.K. Randall
February 3, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments

Bobi with his Guinness World Records certificate. Image Credit: Guinness World Records
Meet Bobi - a 30-year-old Rafeiro do Alentejo who has been officially recognized as the oldest dog in the world.
One of the most common methods people use to calculate how old their dog is in human years is to multiply its age by 7 - so, for example, a 2-year-old dog would be 14 in human years.

30-year-old Bobi, on the other hand, who has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest dog, would be an absolutely insane 210 years old in human years.

The record-breaking canine was born in Portugal and has spent his entire life living with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros after narrowly escaping being put down as a puppy.
His age is all the more remarkable given that his breed typically only lives for up to 14 years.

It isn't exactly clear why he was managed to live for so long, but his owner attributes a combination of his free-roaming lifestyle, healthy eating and drinking lots of water as contributing factors.

Even so, age is finally starting to catch up to Bobi as he struggle to walk and has eyesight problems.

With any luck, though, he will live long enough to see his 31st birthday in just a few months' time.

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by joc 1 year ago
I don't believe it.
Comment icon #2 Posted by godnodog 1 year ago
Well its a common Portuguese name for dogs, and the breed is Portuguese, but I did not saw this anywhere in our media, but it's a dog 
Comment icon #3 Posted by TripGun 1 year ago
3rd gen clone
Comment icon #4 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
I don't see how it's possible either.  As a rule, the size of the dog plays into their lifespan as well and I've never heard of even a really small breed living past 20.
Comment icon #5 Posted by simplybill 1 year ago
“healthy eating and drinking lots of water as contributing factors.” Beginning tomorrow, I’m switching from oatmeal to Alpo.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by openozy 1 year ago
Not his time yet but he doesn't look older than 15 tbh. I have a chihuahua that is 20 this year but she looks it. Always been an outside dog except in the depths of Winter.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Crabby Kitten 1 year ago
How could anyone want to put down a healthy puppy? 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Still Waters 11 months ago
The world’s oldest dog ever has celebrated his 31st birthday Stop what you are doing and pay attention right now as Bobi, the world's oldest dog in history, has just celebrated another birthday. Born on May 11 way back in 1992, Bobi has completed another full trip around the sun to turn 31 years of age.

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