‘Oldest ever dog,’ Bobi, has title suspended amid investigation

LEIRIA, PORTUGAL - JULY 2: 31-year-old dog Bobi is seen in Leiria, Portugal on July 2, 2023. Bobi holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest living dog and has never been chained or leashed and has always enjoyed free roaming in the forests and farmland surrounding his owner's house. (Photo by Luis Boza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Bobi died in October 2023.

The world’s “oldest ever dog” Bobi, who died in October reportedly aged 31, has provisionally lost his title as Guinness World Records (GWR) investigates his age, a spokesperson for the company told CNN on Tuesday.

“While our review is ongoing we have decided to temporarily pause both the record titles for oldest dog living & ever just until all of our findings are in place,” the spokesperson said.

Bobi’s age had initially been confirmed by Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Município de Leiria (Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria), which said he had been registered in 1992 while SIAC, a Portuguese government-authorized pet database, verified this, according to GWR’s February announcement of the record.

He was reportedly 31 years and 165 days old when he died in October.

However, suspicions began to emerge soon after Bobi’s death regarding the evidence that reportedly proved his true age.

A spokesperson told CNN Tuesday that GWR’s formal review occurs when a record title is challenged and involves analyzing existing evidence, seeking new evidence, reaching out to experts and those linked to the original application.

Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo Portuguese dog, poses for a photo with his owner Leonel Costa and his Guinness World Record certificates for the oldest dog, at their home in Conqueiros, central Portugal, Saturday, May 20, 2023. Bobi's owner said Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, that he passed away Saturday at 31 years and 165 days of age. (AP Photo/ Jorge Jeronimo)

Bobi poses for a photo with his owner Leonel Costa and his Guinness World Record certificates for the oldest dog in May 2023.

Bobi’s owner Leonel Costa, who said he was 8 years old when his dog was born in 1992, told GWR in February that there were many secrets to the dog’s extraordinary old age.

Bobi always roamed freely, without a leash or chain, lived in a “calm, peaceful” environment and ate human food soaked in water to remove seasonings, Costa said.

He was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo – a breed of livestock guardian dog – according Costa. Rafeiro do Alentejos have a life expectancy of about 12-14 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

Bobi spent his whole life in Conqueiros, a small Portuguese village about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the capital Lisbon, often wandering around with cats.

The previous record holder for oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever was held by Australian cattle-dog Bluey, who was born in 1910 and lived to be 29 years and five months old.https://berikanlah.com/

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