Bobi, the world's oldest dog, dies 5 months after celebrating his 31st birthday

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By James Kay

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The world's oldest dog, Bobi, has sadly passed away five months after he celebrated his 31st birthday.

Yep, get ready to be sad for a while.

I could spend this entire article just explaining how important dogs are, but I'm going to assume that's just common knowledge.

Simply by existing, the loveable companions fill our lives with joy because they're always ready for a party but are also down to cuddle and have a lazy day.

Bobi epitomized this. He was born on May 11, 1992, in Portugal, and he spent his life on a picturesque farm surrounded by nature and fellow animals. His owners attributed his exceptional longevity to this idyllic environment.

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Bobi's record of living past 31 years old will presumably go unbeaten for a very long time. Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty

This extraordinary dog, of the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed, achieved worldwide recognition when he clinched a Guinness World Record on February 1, marking an astounding 30 years and 267 days of life.

Then in May, he had a lavish party to celebrate his 31st birthday where he was surrounded by his family and friends.

At the time, Bobi's owner Leonel Costa, said: "Looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother, or my grandparents who have already left this world. Bobi represents those generations," per Guinness World Records.

Sadly, Bobi passed away on October 21, as announced by American veterinarian, Dr Karen Becker on Facebook.

She wrote: "Is there ever enough time? I think not. Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings."

Dr Becker continued: "Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him. When we asked Leonel what his recipe was for Bobi’s exceptionally long life, his response was swift: 'Good nutrition, constant contact with nature, freedom to discover his environment, consistent veterinary care, and love. Bobi knows he’s deeply loved'."

Dr Becker met Bobi during his certification into the Guinness Book of World Records and even attended his 31st birthday party.

During the celebrations, Bobi's owner referred to him as "one of a kind" before adding: "Bobi has been a warrior for all these years. Only he knows how he's been holding on. It must not be easy because the average dog's life span is not that high, and if he spoke, only he could explain this success."

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Bobi has sadly died aged 31. Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Prior to Bobi's extraordinary feat, the title of the oldest dog ever was held by Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived for 29 years and 5 months before passing away in November 1939.

The Rafeiro do Alentejo breed typically has a life expectancy of 12 years, making Bobi's longevity an astonishing achievement.

Our thoughts are with Bobi's loved ones during this difficult time.

Featured image credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Bobi, the world's oldest dog, dies 5 months after celebrating his 31st birthday

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

The world's oldest dog, Bobi, has sadly passed away five months after he celebrated his 31st birthday.

Yep, get ready to be sad for a while.

I could spend this entire article just explaining how important dogs are, but I'm going to assume that's just common knowledge.

Simply by existing, the loveable companions fill our lives with joy because they're always ready for a party but are also down to cuddle and have a lazy day.

Bobi epitomized this. He was born on May 11, 1992, in Portugal, and he spent his life on a picturesque farm surrounded by nature and fellow animals. His owners attributed his exceptional longevity to this idyllic environment.

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Bobi's record of living past 31 years old will presumably go unbeaten for a very long time. Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty

This extraordinary dog, of the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed, achieved worldwide recognition when he clinched a Guinness World Record on February 1, marking an astounding 30 years and 267 days of life.

Then in May, he had a lavish party to celebrate his 31st birthday where he was surrounded by his family and friends.

At the time, Bobi's owner Leonel Costa, said: "Looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother, or my grandparents who have already left this world. Bobi represents those generations," per Guinness World Records.

Sadly, Bobi passed away on October 21, as announced by American veterinarian, Dr Karen Becker on Facebook.

She wrote: "Is there ever enough time? I think not. Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings."

Dr Becker continued: "Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him. When we asked Leonel what his recipe was for Bobi’s exceptionally long life, his response was swift: 'Good nutrition, constant contact with nature, freedom to discover his environment, consistent veterinary care, and love. Bobi knows he’s deeply loved'."

Dr Becker met Bobi during his certification into the Guinness Book of World Records and even attended his 31st birthday party.

During the celebrations, Bobi's owner referred to him as "one of a kind" before adding: "Bobi has been a warrior for all these years. Only he knows how he's been holding on. It must not be easy because the average dog's life span is not that high, and if he spoke, only he could explain this success."

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Bobi has sadly died aged 31. Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Prior to Bobi's extraordinary feat, the title of the oldest dog ever was held by Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived for 29 years and 5 months before passing away in November 1939.

The Rafeiro do Alentejo breed typically has a life expectancy of 12 years, making Bobi's longevity an astonishing achievement.

Our thoughts are with Bobi's loved ones during this difficult time.

Featured image credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty