The oldest dog in the world died at the age of 31
Bobby was born in May 1992 and died at his home in Portugal in October 2023 after leading “the lifestyle that all dogs should have”.
Bobby, the world’s oldest (and possibly happiest) known dog, has died.
He was 31.
Guinness World Records said Bobby, who lived with his human family in the rural village of Conqueiros in Portugal, died over the weekend. The family’s home is about 93 miles north of Lisbon, the country’s capital.
The purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a farm and guard dog breed known for its confidence and calm demeanor according to the American Kennel Club, has lived in the home his entire life with his owner, Leonel Costa, and his family, Guinness said.
According to Guinness, Bobby was born on May 11, 1992.
The elderly dog was named the world’s oldest living dog and the oldest dog in February 2023.
He died on Saturday aged 31 years and 165 days, the world record-breaking body said on Monday.
In addition to verification by Guinness, Bobby’s age was also confirmed by the Sistema de Informação de Animais de Companion, a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government and managed by the Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários, the country’s national union of veterinarians.
According to Guinness, the average lifespan of a Rafeiro do Alentejo is 12 to 14 years.
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The previous oldest dogs in the world
Not only was Bobby the oldest living dog in the world, but he was also the oldest ever to have lived, Guinness reported.
The previous record holder was Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who was born in 1910 and lived to be 29 years and five months.
With Bobby’s death, a 23 year old chihuahua mix from Ohionamed Spike, now holds the title of the world’s oldest living dog. A little younger purebred chihuahua from Florida, Toby Keithalso held the title more than once in the past yearwith
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One lucky dog
Bobby was a lucky dog.
He was born in a litter of four puppies, according to Guinness, but because his owners’ family already owned too many animals, his father decided not to breed them.
“Unfortunately, at that time it was considered normal by older people … to bury animals in a hole so they wouldn’t survive,” Costa told Guinness.
Costa’s parents, Guinness reported, took the litter away, but he and his brothers found Bobby, who had escaped, hiding in a woodpile at their home.
The siblings kept the puppy’s existence a secret, but when the boys’ parents discovered Bobby was alive, Guinness reported, “it was too late to let him go, so Bobby became part of the family.”
A life of love and celebration
Bobby lived a life full of love and celebration.
His owner was only 8 years old when Bobby was born.
Last May, his owner threw him a lavish birthday party with more than 100 guests to celebrate his 31st birthday.
When he turned 30 last year, his owner described Bobby as “one of a kind” – adding that the family were “very happy and grateful to life for allowing us, after 30 years, to have Bobby in our everyday life”.
Bobby’s death was announced by vet Karen Becker on Facebook, who posted: “Last night this sweet boy earned his wings.”
“Although he outlived every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth will never be enough for those who love him,” Guinness reported in an article posted on its homepage. “God, Bobby… you taught the world everything you had to teach.”
Contributed by Wyatte Grantham-Philips.
Natalie Neissa Alund is a senior reporter for USA TODAY. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her at X @nataliealund.