Introducing Bobi, the 30-year-old Rafeiro do Alentejo from Portugal who has just been crowned the world’s oldest living dog by Guinness World Records (GWR). Bobi has broken an almost century-old record held by Australian cattle dog Bluey, who lived for 29 years and 5 months between 1910 and 1939.
Bobi is a purebred livestock guardian dog who has lived twice his life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. He has been living with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros, in Leiria, western Portugal, his entire life. His age has been confirmed by the Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria, and SIAC, a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government.
Surprisingly, Bobi nearly didn’t make it beyond infancy. When he and his three brothers were born in the family’s woodshed, Costa’s father decided they already had too many animals at home. But Bobi was found alive, safely hidden in a pile of logs by Costa and his brother.
Bobi grew up “very sociable,” alongside many other animals, and roamed free in the forests and farmland around the house. Leonel Costa, Bobi’s owner, puts his pet’s longevity down, in part, to the “calm, peaceful environment” in which he grew up, as well as his taste for human food.
In his old age, Bobi has become less adventurous. He has difficulty walking and sometimes collides with objects as his eyesight has deteriorated. He likes a nap after meals, and spends most of his time hanging out in the backyard with four cat friends.
The Costa family is proud and grateful to life for allowing them to have Bobi in their lives for the past 30 years. Bobi is a true warrior and an inspiration to all pet owners. He is a reminder that with a peaceful environment, good nutrition, and lots of love, our furry friends can live long and healthy lives.