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World’s oldest dog and Guinness World Record holder, Bobi, dead at 31

Bobi, the world’s oldest dog ever, passed away over the weekend just months after his 31st Birthday.

The long-lived canine’s death was confirmed on Facebook by Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian who treated Bobi on several occasions.


“Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings,” she wrote in the touching tribute. “Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him. Godspeed, Bobi…you’ve taught the world all you were meant to teach.”

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The purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo reportedly passed away on October 21 at his home in Conqueiros, Portugal where he lived his entire life with the Costa family, Guinness World Records reported.

Born on May 11, 1992, Bobi was reportedly an eye-popping 31 years and 165 days old at the time of his passing (for reference, the average dog’s lifespan is 10-13 years).

In February 2023, Guinness officially recognized the herding dog as both the world’s oldest living and oldest ever dog.


“We see situations like this as a normal result of the life that they have, but Bobi is one of a kind,” owner Leonel Costa, 38, said after Bobi was awarded his record.

The Dog’s advanced age was also confirmed by the Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria, which originally registered the canine in 1992, as well as by the SIAC, Portugal’s National Union of Veterinarians.

The previous record was set by an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who died in 1939 at 29 years old and five months old.

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