The world record for oldest living dog has been broken by a Portuguese dog named Bobi.
Recently, Guinness World Records had announced that another dog, Spike – a 23 year old Chihuahua mix – was the oldest dog alive. However, proof has now emerged that not only is the Portuguese purebred some seven years’ Spike’s senior, but Bobi is also the oldest dog ever.
Bobi, a Portuguese livestock breed called the Rafeiro do Alentejo, was registered at his local vets back in 1992.
After verifying his birthdate with a national database, the vets were able to confirm that Bobi has beaten the previous record holder, Bluey, who was born in 1910 and lived to be 29 years and 5 months old.
Incredibly, Bobi’s story is one of overcoming the odds, with the record-breaking canine being the only surviving member from a litter of four. Leonel Costa told Guinness World Records that initially, he had to keep Bobi’s existence a secret from his parents, who believed they already had enough animals on their farm in Western Portugal. However, the family soon decided to keep the pup around once they saw his doting little eyes.
Bobi is described as a sociable dog, who has lived with many animals and has never been walked on a leash and instead has free roam of the farm. Leonel, who also says that Bobi has a diet of leftovers from family meals has attributed his impressive longevity to his “calm, peaceful environment”.
Bobi, pictured with his record breaking certificate / Image: Guinness World Records
How old is the world’s oldest dog?
Bobi, who lives with the Costa family in Leiria, Portugal is aged 30 years and 266 days (as of February 1st 2023).
The pensioner pooch is a Portuguese breed known as a Rafeiro do Alentejo, a large dog used to guard livestock and has a typical life expectancy of 12-14 years.
Who are some of the longest living dogs?
Country of Residence
|Bobi||11 May 1992||30 years, 269 days||Rafeiro do Alentejo||Portugal|
|Bluey||07 June 1910||29 years, 160 days||Australian Cattle Dog||Australia|
|3||Taffy||01 September 1975||27 years, 211 days||Welsh Collie||United Kingdom|
|4||Adjutant||14 August 1936||27 years, 98 days||Labrador Retriever||United Kingdom|
|6||Bramble||1978||24–25 years||Border Collie||United Kingdom|
|7||Spike||30 November 1999||23 years, 66 days||Chihuahua mix||United States|
|8||Pebbles||28 March 2000||22 years, 189 days||Toy Fox Terrier||United States|
|9||Gino Hammerstrike Gilgamesh Wolf||24 September 2000||22 years, 121 days||Chihuahua/American Eskimo mix||United States|
|10||TobyKeith||09 January 2001||22 years, 26 days||Chihuahua||United States|