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Bobi, world's oldest dog ever, passes away aged 31

World’s oldest dog Bobi, who had his name in the Guinness World Records for being the oldest dog ever, passed away aged 31 years and 165 days. He lived an extraordinarily long life despite his breed having a lifespan of around 12 to 14 years.

A Rafeiro do Alentejo breed who lived in Portugal, Bobi lived with the Costa family in the rural village of Conqueiros.

Costa was eight years old when Bobi was born. He said that Bobi was raised in a “calm, peaceful environment” of their village and that he was never chained and would eat what the whole family eats.

However, as Bobi grew old, he became weak which affected his ability to walk and to see clearly, Costa said.

“Apart from a scare in 2018 when he was hospitalised after suddenly collapsing due to breathing difficulty, Bobi had enjoyed a relatively trouble-free life,” he said.

In February this year Bobi became the oldest living dog and broke the record of an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who died at the age of 29 in the year 1939.

According to the Guinness World Records, Bobi lived his entire life with the Costa family. He had three other siblings, but the family had to put them down since they already had many animals.

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Credit: Guinness World Records

BBC reported that “Bobi’s grand old age was validated by the Portuguese government’s pet database, which is managed by the National Union of Veterinarians.”

The news about the sad demise was shared on Facebook by Dr Karen Becker, Bobi’s veterinarian.

She shared Bobi’s pictures, and wrote, “Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings. Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him.”

(Published 24 October 2023, 10:46 IST)

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