Bobi was 30 years and 226 days old on February 1st, 2023. He currently owns the new Guinness World Record for being born on May 11, 1992.
SIAC, a pet database certified by the Portuguese government, confirmed his age, according to Guinness; the news was released just a few weeks after Spike the Chihuahua, who is 23 years old, received the title of oldest living dog.
About Spike The Chihuahua
Spike is a 23-year-old chihuahua mix, that had recently been named the world’s oldest living dog by Guinness World Records. Spike was confirmed in December 2022 to have been born at least 23 years ago and weighs approximately 13 pounds. Still younger than Bobi.
About Australia’s Bluey
Between 1910 and 1939, Bluey was alive. Since keeping records for a dog back then wasn’t extremely usual, not a lot is known about Bluey. We do know that Les and Esma Hall owned Bluey, an Australian cattle dog with blue markings. Additionally, we are aware that Guinness World Records confirmed his age.
“The greatest reliable age recorded for a dog is 29 years 5 months for an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey, owned by Les Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia,” according to the Guinness World Records entry. Bluey was purchased as a puppy in 1910 and worked with cattle and sheep for nearly 20 years before being euthanized on November 14, 1939.”
About Bobi the current world’s oldest dog
He has lived all of his life with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros, near Portugal’s west coast, after being born in an outbuilding with three siblings. His parents had too many animals and had to euthanize the puppies, but Bobi escaped.
Costa and his siblings kept the dog’s existence hidden from their parents until he was discovered and adopted as a member of the family, who feed him the same food they do.
When given the choice between a can of animal food and a piece of meat, Bobi didn’t hesitate and chose.
Bobi’s life and health
Mr. Costa says Bobi has had a relatively trouble-free life, aside from a scare in 2018 when he was hospitalized after suddenly collapsing due to breathing difficulties. He believes the secret to his longevity is the “calm, peaceful environment” he lives in.
Bobi’s mother lived to be 18 years old, so it could be in his genetics.
However, the time has taken its toll on Bobi, who now has difficulty walking and is losing his vision.
Bobi, according to Mr. Costa, is the “last of a long generation of animals” in the Costa family and is “one of a kind.”