A purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo dog has been crowned the World’s Oldest Living Dog by Guiness World Records, just weeks after canine counterpart Spike took the prize.
Bobi is 30 years and 266 days old as of February 1, 2023. He has lived his entire life with a family in Portugal.
The life expectancy of a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo is normally 12-14 years. His owner cites Bobi’s human-food diet as a possible reason for his longevity.
“What we ate, they ate too,” Bobi’s owner Leonel Costa told Guinness World Records. “Between a can of animal food or a piece of meat, Bobi doesn’t hesitate and chooses our food.”
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Bobi was registered with Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Município de Leiria (Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria) in 1992 where his birth date was confirmed.
The much-loved pet was one of four male puppies born in an outbuilding used by the Costa family to store wood.
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Leonel Costa has owned Bobi since he was a child. His parents removed the puppies from the shed, not realising they had left Bobi behind.
Leonel and his siblings rescued Bobi and kept him a secret from his parents for a time, before their new pet was discovered.
It was common practice for puppies that had not yet opened their eyes be disposed of during that time, so Leonel knew if he could keep Bobi a secret until his eyes opened, they would be allowed to keep him. His plan worked.
“I confess that when they found out that we already knew, they screamed a lot and punished us, but it was worth it and for a good reason!” he told Guinness World Records.
In addition to his diet, Leonel thinks Bobi has aged well because he lives in a “calm, peaceful environment” that is “far from the cities.”
Bobi has always roamed freely through the local forest and farmland, however is less mobile now and tends to rest between meals. His eyesight is also failing.
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These dogs have some pretty cool jobs