CONQUEIROS, Portugal—The world’s oldest dog recently celebrated his 31st birthday, according to Guinness World Records.
Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed of Portuguese dog, celebrated with a party on Saturday at his home in the Portuguese village of Conqueiros, where he spent his whole life.
More than 100 people attended the “very traditional” Portuguese party, according to owner Leonel Costa.
Local meat and fish were served to up to 100 guests, with extra for Bobi, who ate only human food. A dance troupe also performed with Bobi and participated in one of the routines.
Costa had several older dogs in the past, including Bobi’s mother, Gila, who lived to be 18. But Costa said he never imagined his dog would be in his 30s.
“We see this situation as a normal consequence of their lives, but Bobi is a unique individual,” Costa said.
According to Costa, one of the biggest factors in Bobi’s longevity is the “calm and peaceful environment” in which he lives.
Throughout his life, Bobi roamed freely in the woods surrounding the Costa home. He was never chained or chained.
Costa said the “very social” dog grew up surrounded by many other animals, so he was never alone.
Now Senior Bobi has difficulty walking, so he prefers to hang out in the house’s garden. My eyesight is getting worse, and I often bump into things when I walk. Like old people, Bobi sleeps a lot. According to the owner, he lays down in bed immediately after eating, but on cold days, he sometimes takes a nap by the fire.
Bobi’s date of birth was confirmed by the Leiria City Veterinary Medical Department, which registered Bobi in 1992.
His age has also been confirmed by the Portuguese government official pet database.
Costa, now 38, was just eight years old when Bobi was born. For him, Bobi is a living reminder of the past, he said.
“Bobbi is a special person because when I look at him, I think of people who were part of our family but unfortunately are no longer with us: my father, my brother, my grandparents who have passed away. Because it’s like that,” Costa said. “Bobbi represents that generation.”