World’s Oldest Dog Dead at Age 31

(HorizonPost.com) – The purebred canine that was named the world’s oldest dog by Guinness World Records in February relinquished the title just 8 months later when it passed away at the age of 31 on October 23, Reuters reported.

Bobi the purebred Rafeiro Alentejano spent his entire 31 years and 165 days in the central Portuguese village of Conqueiros.

In early February, Bobi broke the previous Guinness title for the world’s oldest dog which had been held by an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and 5 months.

Rafeiro Alentejano is a breed of sheepdog that typically lives for about 12 to 14 years.

Bobi’s owner Leonel Costa credited the dog’s long life to several factors, like only eating “human food,” living peacefully in the countryside, and not spending a single day on a leash or chained up.

When Bobi was born, the Costa family already had plenty of animals and very little money, so Leonel’s father typically buried newborn pups rather than keep them around. But Bobi evaded that fate by hiding in a pile of firewood where he was found a few days later by Leonel and his siblings who kept the pup hidden until Bobi’s eyes were opened.

Costa told Reuters in February that he and his siblings knew that his parents wouldn’t bear to bury the pup once its eyes had opened.

With his advancing age, Bobi began to slow down in recent years. While he still enjoyed walks, those walks became less adventurous. Before his death, Bobi’s eyesight was fading, his fur was thinning, and he needed to rest frequently.

When Bobi turned 31 in May, more than 100 people attended his birthday party, according to Guinness World Records. Guinness said on Monday that the dog would be “sorely missed.”

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