A 31-year-old dog that had been listed as the world’s oldest dog died in Portugal near his home where he spent his entire life, his owner said on Monday, October 23rd..
The guard dog named “Bobi” died over the weekend at a veterinary hospital, Leonel Costa told The Associated Press.
The canine lived on a farm in the town of Conqueiros, along with his owner and four cats.
“Bobi” was born on May 11, 1992, when his guardian was just 8 years old.
According to Leonel Costa, “Bobi’s” last guardian, several factors could explain his longevity:
He lived in a calm, peaceful environment far from cities.
He was never chained or leashed, roamed freely in the forest and on his family’s farm, was very sociable with other animals.
And he ate human food without seasoning. He also drank about a liter of water a day.:
Bobi, el perro más viejo del mundo, murió a la edad de 31 años. pic.twitter.com/VwAT82zNUW— Indie 505 (@Indie5051) October 23, 2023
“Good nutrition, constant contact with nature, freedom to discover his environment, consistent veterinary care and love. ‘Bobi’ knows he is deeply loved.”
Summed up Leonel about the recipe for the canine’s exceptionally long life.
The “lomito” snatched the Guinness World Record from Bluey, an Australian shepherd who died in 1939 at the age of 29, and who held the record for almost a century.
Just in February, the dog received such recognition thanks to the existence of proof of his date of birth: the registration with the Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leira.
As well as his age verified with SIAC, a pet database managed by the National Union of Veterinary Doctors and authorized by the Portuguese government.
As soon as this mark became known, he became a celebrity with fans all over the world.
When he turned 31, more than 100 people came to his birthday party from different countries such as the United States and Japan just to accompany him.
Guinness World Records officials stated earlier this week that they were “saddened to learn of the death of Bobi, the oldest dog in history”.
Through a statement shared on their website.
They highlighted that Bobi lived a total of 31 years and 165 days and passed away on Saturday, October 22. He was a Rafeiro do Alentejo or Portuguese mastiff, a type of livestock guardian dog whose life expectancy is 10 to 14 years.