Oldest Dog in History: Bobi’s Remarkable Journey to 31

In a heartwarming tale that defies the odds, Bobi, a dignified Rafeiro do Alentejo hailing from the rural village of Conqueiros in Leiria, Portugal, has etched his name into history as the oldest documented dog ever, according to Guinness World Records. Born on May 11, 1992, Bobi’s remarkable journey continues as he reached the ripe age of 31 years in May, 2023.

Oldest Dog in History
Source: Guinness World Record

Bobi’s life has been one intertwined with the Costa family, who have been his steadfast companions throughout his long life. Owner Leonel Costa, now 38, reminisces about the days when Bobi was just one of four male pups born in a shed where the family stored wood. Fate, it seems, had bigger plans for Bobi.

As the family deliberated over their ability to care for the newborn puppies, a decision was made to part ways with all but one. Unbeknownst to the parents, the kids had hid Bob so they could keep him. It was the beginning of an extraordinary bond between the Costa family and their newfound furry friend.

Oldest Dog in History
Source: Guinness World Record Bobi’s picture, taken in 2016

“I confess that when they found out, they screamed a lot and punished us, but it was worth it and for a good reason!”

Owner, Lionel

Bobi’s longevity has been attributed to a tranquil lifestyle, far removed from the bustling city. Unchained and unrestricted by leashes, he has reveled in the freedom of the forests and fields surrounding the Costa family home. Growing up alongside a host of other animals, Bobi’s sociable nature has likely played a role in his long and vibrant life.

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Oldest Dog in History
Source: Guinness World Record

As the years have progressed, Bobi’s once boundless adventures have made way for more serene moments in his twilight years. His gait has slowed, and his eyesight has weakened, causing the occasional collision with obstacles during his walks. Yet, his spirit remains strong as he spends his days in the company of his four feline companions.

Diet-wise, Bobi has defied traditional norms, opting for ‘human food’ shared with the Costa family. His diet consists of the same fare as his human counterparts, with precautions taken to ensure his health and longevity. A routine of regular veterinary visits has further contributed to his well-being, though there was a harrowing moment in 2018 when he was hospitalized for breathing difficulties.

Oldest Dog in History
Source: Guinness World Record

Reflecting on Bobi’s journey to record-breaking fame, Leonel admits that the notion of his dog becoming the world’s oldest never crossed his mind until recently. The application for the title of oldest living dog was more about acknowledging Bobi’s place in the family’s history than breaking records.

As Bobi’s 31st birthday approaches in May, he stands as a living testament to the generations of the Costa family that have come and gone. A cherished companion, Bobi holds a special place in their hearts, symbolizing the enduring ties that connect us to our past.

Oldest Dog in History
Source: Guinness World Record Bobi and one of his cat friends

While Bobi remains blissfully unaware of his historic achievement, his story resonates as a heartening reminder that companionship, care, and a serene environment can shape extraordinary lifespans. As we look toward his upcoming birthday, we join in the wish for Bobi’s continued health and happiness in the twilight of his exceptional life.

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