World's Oldest Dog Dies at Age 31

Bobi of Portugal was the longest-lived pooch ever, according to Guinness World Records
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2023 12:39 PM CDT
Updated Oct 23, 2023 9:35 AM CDT
Oldest Verified Dog Ever Turns 31
Bobi has now died at 31.   (YouTube/Guinness World Records)
UPDATE Oct 23, 2023 9:35 AM CDT

The longest-lived dog known to the world has died at the remarkable age of 31 years and 165 days, reports the Guardian. The age of Bobi, who lived in Portugal, had been certified earlier this year by Guinness World Records, which christened him "the world's oldest dog ever." Bobi's death on Oct. 21 was first announced on Facebook by the vet who cared for him.

May 11, 2023 12:39 PM CDT

Seeing a dog reach 21 years is remarkable. In Portugal, a dog named Bobi has just turned thirty-one, reports UPI. In fact, Bobi currently holds two Guinness World Records—oldest living dog (which he earned earlier this year, per Smithsonian) and, more impressively, oldest dog ever. Bobi's breed isn't specified, but he has lived his entire life in the village of Conqueiros with owner Leonel Costa, 38.

In a Guinness video, Costa offers his own theories about Bobi's longevity. He notes that the dog apparently has good genes, with his mother living to 18. Bobi has always eaten "human food," though without any seasoning, and has never been tethered or even leashed in the rural village. Costa adds that Bobi is and always has been good-natured, and the dog is shown snuggling with cats in the video. (Read more dogs stories.)

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