'Godspeed, Bobi': Tributes pour in for world's oldest dog after Guinness world record holder dies aged 31

23 October 2023, 17:37 | Updated: 23 October 2023, 18:41

Bobi was recognised as the world's oldest dog by the Guinness World Records in February
Bobi was recognised as the world's oldest dog by the Guinness World Records in February. Picture: Guinness World Records
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Tributes have been pouring in for the world's oldest dog, who died aged 31 - months after it was recognised by the Guinness World Records.

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The guard dog, called Bobi, died over the weekend in a veterinary hospital, Leonel Costa told The Associated Press.

Bobi lived on a farm in the village of Conqueiros in Portugal with Mr Costa and four cats.

He was born on May 11 1992, when his owner was just eight years old. That made Bobi more than 217 years old in dog years when he died.

In an interview earlier this year, Mr Costa told the Associated Press that the secret of Bobi's long life was good food, fresh air and lots of love.

Bobi
Bobi. Picture: Handout

"Bobi eats what we eat," said Mr Costa. What's more, Bobi had never been put on a lead.

Bobi claimed the Guinness World Record from Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, who died in 1939 aged 29 and had held the record for almost a century.

Dr Karen Becker, a veterinarian, said: "Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings."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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Officials at Guinness World Records on Monday said they were "saddened to learn of the death of Bobi, the world's oldest dog ever".

In a statement on their website, they said Bobi lived to be 31 years and 165 days old and died on Saturday.

Bobi was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed of Portuguese dog that has an average life expectancy of some 10 to 14 years.

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