World’s oldest dog, Bobi, dies at 31

The world’s oldest dog, Bobi, has passed away at age 31 , according to the Guinness World Records. The record keeper said Monday that Bobi passed away at his home in Conqueiros, Portugal. “Bobi passed away on Saturday,” said a veterinarian who had known him for several years. “He was a very well-mannered, peaceful dog.” According to the veterinarian, Bobi’s owner Leonel Costa attributed his amazing 31-year survival to good nutrition, frequent contact with nature, the freedom to explore his environment, regular veterinary care and love. Bobi’s life was anything but ordinary. Born into a family of hunters in rural Portugal, he almost died as a puppy. In February 1992, Leonel Costa told Guinness that his father had planned to kill a litter of four puppies because the family already had several animals living on the farm property.

Leonel has a few theories as to why Bobi lived so long, one of which is that he lived a quiet, rural life. He was never chained or leashed, and he ate unseasoned ‘human food’ and drank a liter of water daily. When Bobi turned 31 this year, a huge celebration was held in his village, with over 100 people attending. According to Guinness, they served local meats and fish to Bobi (and everyone else). The 2nd world’s oldest dog, Bluey, was born in 1910 and died in 1939 at the age of 29. According to the American Kennel Club, a typical dog lives between 10 and 13 years.

The average lifespan for Bobi’s breed, the Rafeira do Alentejo, is less than half of Bobi’s age, with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. Who will become the world’s oldest living dog


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