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World's oldest dog turns 31 after avoiding being put down as a puppy

By T.K. Randall
May 12, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments

31 is one hell of an age for a dog... Image Credit: Guinness World Records
Bobi the Rafeiro do Alentejo has been defying the odds for years and now he's celebrated his 31st birthday.
Officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest dog, Bobi 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 - Leonel - 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 struggles to walk and has eyesight problems.

"Bobi is special because looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother, or my grandparents who have already left this world," said Leonel.

"Bobi represents those generations."

Source: Guinness World Records | 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 12 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. https://www.ladbible.com/news/the-worlds-oldest-dog-ever-has-celebrated-his-31st-birthday-914580-20230512 https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2023/5/worlds-oldest-dog-ever-celebrates-31st-birthday-747163?

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