What is the World’s Oldest Dog Ever?

Filed in Facts by on October 26, 2023

Photo of Bobi the world's oldest dog

You may be wondering what is the world’s oldest dog ever.

Meet Bobi from Portugal, who unfortunately just passed away at 31 years and 165 days old on October 21, 2023. He was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, which is a breed that often guards livestock and property. He lived on a farm in the village of Conqueiros, Portugal with his owner and four cats.

His age was even more impressive since their breed normally lives on average between 12 to 14 years.

His owner, Leonel Costa, was asked by the Guinness Book of World Records how he was able to live so long. He believes that Bobi’s long life was associated with a diet of unseasoned human food, never having a leash, and the calm location of his upbringing in Conqueiros, Portugal.

In his later years, his eyesight got worse and he had some mobility problems. He still spent time in the backyard, rested, and napped by the fire.

Bobi had a large fan base and even had a huge birthday party when he turned 31 with over 100 guests from many countries.

Bobi has always been a survivor. He originally was born in Costa’s woodshed with three other siblings. Costa’s parents almost put Bobi down since the family had too many animals. However, Bobi was able to hide in a pile of logs, so that when he was found it was too late to put him down.

Bobi became the oldest dog in recorded history, by replacing the prior winner, Bluey, who was an Australian cattle dog who died at 29 years and five months.

As of now, the world’s oldest living dog is named Spike who is a Chihuahua mix and is over 23 years old and lives in Ohio.

Well, I hope this answers your question on the world’s oldest dog. Let’s hope that all of our dogs live as long as Bobi.


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