Bobi, the 30-year-old Rafeiro do Alentejo from Portugal, is officially the oldest dog ever as recognized by Guinness World Records. Bobi has lived with the Costa family in Conqueiros since birth, when his parents had too many animals and were forced to put the puppies down, with Bobi being the only one to escape. Bobi has lived a relatively trouble-free life apart from a scare in 2018, and enjoys eating the same food as his family, although it is soaked in water to remove the seasoning.
The secret to Bobi’s longevity is thought to lie in the peaceful environment he lives in, as well as potential genetics from his mother, who lived to 18. Bobi’s age has been validated by the Portuguese government’s pet database, which is managed by the National Union of Veterinarians.
Time has taken its toll on Bobi, who now has difficulty walking and worsening eyesight, but despite this he is described as “one of a kind” by the Costa family. Bobi has recently taken the crown from Spike the Chihuahua, who was the oldest living dog at 23 years old. Now, Bobi is both the oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever to be recorded by Guinness World Records.