Farewell Ol' Friend: Bobi, The World's Oldest Dog, Passes Away At 31


It’s important to note that with proper care, nutrition, exercise and regular veterinary check-ups, you can help your dog live a longer and healthier life. Some factors that can influence a dog’s lifespan include genetics, diet, exercise, access to regular veterinary care and the living environment.

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Who was the dog who passed away at the age of 31?

Guiness World Record

The 31-year-old dog in Portugal who had been classified as the world’s oldest dog ever passed away, his owner confirmed on Monday.

The guard dog, named Bobi, died over the weekend in a veterinary hospital, according to Leonel Costa. 

What is the usual lifespan of a dog?


The lifespan of a dog can vary depending on factors such as breed, size, genetics, and overall health. On average, dogs live between 10 to 13 years. Smaller dog breeds tend to have longer lifespans than larger breeds. 

Some small breeds can live well into their teens, while larger breeds may have shorter lifespans, often around 8 to 12 years.

Where did the dog live?

Bobi shared a property in the Portuguese village of Conqueiros with Costa and four cats. On May 11, 1992, when his owner was only eight years old, he was born.

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Costa told the Associated Press earlier this year that Bobi’s key to a long life was a healthy diet, fresh air, and lots of love.

“Bobi eats what we eat,” Costa explained. 

Furthermore, Bobi had never been leashed.

Bobi took up the Guinness World Record from Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 at the age of 29 and had held it for nearly a century. 

When did he breathe his last?

Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records officials said on Monday that they were “saddened to learn of the death of Bobi, the world’s oldest dog ever.” According to a statement on their website, Bobi lived for 31 years and 165 days before passing away on Saturday. 

Bobi was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a Portuguese dog breed with a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.

Leonel Costa, who was eight years old at the time, claimed that his parents had too many animals and had to euthanize the puppies, but Bobi escaped. Costa and his brothers kept the dog’s existence hidden from their parents until he was discovered and adopted by the family, who fed him the same food they did. 

Costa claimed in February that other than a scare in 2018 when he was hospitalised after collapsing owing to breathing difficulties, Bobi had lived a reasonably trouble-free existence and that the secret to his longevity was the “calm, peaceful environment” he lived in.

How did he pass away?

Prior to his death, he had difficulty walking and his eyesight had deteriorated.

Bobi was not Mr Costa’s only dog who lived a long life. Bobi’s mother lived until she was 18, while another of the family’s dogs died when she was 22. 

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