Guinness World Records has proclaimed a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, aged 30 years and 266 days, as the world’s oldest dog. A Portuguese canine has now joined the esteemed roster of “oldest dogs in the world,” residing with its family on a farm.
Hailing from the village of Conqueiros near the city of Leiria, Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, entered the world on May 11, 1992. Recently, on February 1, Bobi celebrated his remarkable milestone of reaching 30 years and 266 days, firmly establishing him as the current reigning champion of the oldest living dog and securing his well-deserved recognition in the esteemed annals of Guinness World Records.
According to the authoritative source, the average lifespan of a Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed renowned for its role as a guardian of livestock, ranges from 12 to 14 years.
Merely a few weeks prior, on Thursday, an Ohio-based Chihuahua mix named Spike was bestowed the title of the world’s oldest living dog, reaching the impressive age of 23 years and 43 days.
According to Guinness World Records, the previous record for the oldest documented dog belonged to Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, who lived for an astonishing 29 years and 5 months before passing away in November 1939.
Leonel, Bobi’s owner, who was a mere 8 years old when the dog was born, fondly refers to him as “one of a kind.” Over the years, Leonel and his faithful canine companion have shared countless precious moments, including playing together and attending school side by side.
To substantiate Bobi’s age, the Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria registered him in 1992, verifying his birthdate. Additionally, the organization highlights that Bobi’s age has been corroborated by SIAC, a government-sanctioned pet database managed by Portugal’s national association of veterinarians.
Described by his family as gentle and tranquil, Bobi finds joy in playing with his four feline siblings. His typical days consist of leisurely walks, meals, and well-deserved rest. However, his favorite pastime, as per his family, involves exploring the nearby fields and pine forests.
Regarding Bobi’s diet, Guinness World Records reports that he happily shares meals with his owners, who diligently ensure that his food remains unseasoned and suitable for dogs.
Despite experiencing mobility and vision challenges in 2018, the senior dog triumphed over a health scare and currently leads a normal life, as attested by the record-keeping organization. According to GWR, Bobi’s family believes that residing in a peaceful countryside environment surrounded by nature has been instrumental in his remarkable longevity.
In a statement, Leonel expressed, “Bobi has exhibited unwavering resilience throughout all these years; only he knows the true extent of his endurance. It couldn’t have been an easy journey, considering the average lifespan of dogs is not as long.” Leonel further mentioned, “If only Bobi could speak, he could unveil the secret behind his exceptional longevity.” After 30 years, we are truly delighted and grateful that Bobi continues to be an integral part of our daily lives.
Leonel emphasized his profound joy at having Bobi’s remarkable life acknowledged by Guinness World Records, describing it as an immensely thrilling experience.
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