The world's oldest dog, a 31-year-old guard dog named Bobi from Portugal, passed away recently, as confirmed by his owner, Leonel Costa, on Monday.
Bobi had been a loyal guardian on a picturesque farm in the village of Conqueiros, Portugal, sharing his days with four feline companions. He entered this world on May 11, 1992, when his owner, Leonel Costa, was just an 8-year-old child.
In an earlier interview this year with the Associated Press, Costa revealed the secrets behind Bobi's remarkable longevity. It was a combination of wholesome food, abundant fresh air, and, above all, an abundance of love. "Bobi eats the same meals as we do," Costa proudly shared. Moreover, Bobi had never been restrained by a leash, enjoying the freedom of the farm.
Bobi's remarkable achievement was recognized globally as he claimed the Guinness World Record for being the world's oldest dog, surpassing the previous record held by Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived to the age of 29 and had held that distinction for nearly a century.
Guinness World Records officials expressed their condolences upon hearing of Bobi's passing. In a statement posted on their website, they acknowledged that Bobi's incredible life span had reached 31 years and 165 days, and he had peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge on a Saturday.
Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, was a testament to the endurance of his breed, which typically has an average life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.