Guinness World Records confirmed yesterday that Bobi, the world’s oldest dog, has passed away at the age of 31 in Portugal. Bobi was a purebred Rafeiro Alentejano who resided his entire life in a village in central Portugal. He achieved an extraordinary lifespan of 31 years and 165 days, surpassing a record that had been in place since 1939, previously held by an Australian cattle-dog that lived for 29 years and 5 months.
“Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough for those who loved him,” said Karen Becker, a veterinarian who met Bobi several times and who was the first to announce his death on social media. Bobi was officially recognized as the world’s oldest dog in February of this year. His breed, traditionally employed as sheepdogs, typically enjoys a life expectancy ranging from 12 to 14 years.