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Age is Just a Number for Bobi, the World’s Oldest Dog Celebrating His 31st Birthday



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  • Bobi, a 31-year-old Rafeiro do Alentejo from a Portuguese village, holds the titles of the World’s Oldest Living Dog and the World’s Oldest Dog Ever, as recognized by Guinness World Records. His long life defies the typical 12-14 years lifespan of his breed, making him a truly remarkable canine superstar.
  • His 31st birthday was celebrated in grand style with a traditional Portuguese party, attended by over 100 guests, some of whom traveled internationally. Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, remarked on how much their lives have changed since Bobi earned his world records, with people traveling from all over to take pictures with the extraordinary pup.
  • Despite some challenges associated with his age, such as eyesight and mobility issues, and the stress from his newfound fame, Bobi remains in good health. Costa, who’s had Bobi since he was eight years old, describes the dog as a “warrior” and expresses immense gratitude and joy for having him in their lives after all these years.

Who’s a good boy? Bobi is! This remarkable Rafeiro do Alentejo from a Portuguese village, Conqueiros, has just turned 31, and he’s still wagging his tail, proving that age really is just a number.

Having been born on a family farm on May 11, 1992, Bobi now holds the coveted titles of both the World’s Oldest Living Dog and the World’s Oldest Dog Ever, as recognized by the Guinness World Records.

These titles fell into Bobi’s lap (or should we say, his furry paws) in February, soon after the 23-year-old Spike was awarded the record for the World’s Oldest Living Dog. However, it seems that the Guinness record-keepers hadn’t yet heard about our Portuguese wonder-pup!

Bobi’s 31st birthday celebrations were nothing short of spectacular. His owner, Leonel Costa, threw him a traditional Portuguese party with over 100 guests in attendance, some of whom traveled internationally just to be there.

“We’ve had a lot of journalists and people come from all over the world to take a picture with Bobi,” said Costa, highlighting how his furry friend’s life has changed since earning his titles.

If you’re wondering what’s on the menu at a dog’s birthday bash, let’s just say that Bobi is no kibble-and-bits kind of pup. Being a fan of human food, Bobi enjoyed local meats and fish, sharing his feast with the guests.

Despite concerns over the stress that Bobi’s newfound fame might cause, the aged superstar remains in good health. Costa acknowledged that the multiple photo sessions can be tiring for Bobi, but the resilient pup has been taking it all in stride.


Bobi is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed that typically lives 12-14 years. Yet here he is, still sniffing around decades later, providing companionship to Costa since he was just eight years old. “Bobi has been a warrior for all these years,” said Costa.

Bobi’s longevity is truly astounding, considering the average dog lifespan.

“We are very happy and grateful to life for allowing us, after 30 years, to have Bobi in our daily lives,” Costa expressed, overjoyed at Bobi’s Guinness World Records recognition.

Previously, the record for the Oldest Dog Ever was held by Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived to be 29 years and 5 months old.

Despite a health scare in 2018 and some eyesight and mobility issues associated with old age, Bobi continues to live his golden years in happiness and good health.

So, hats off (and tails up!) to Bobi, an inspiring example of canine resilience, whose story brings joy to dog lovers worldwide. Here’s to many more treats, belly rubs, and tail-wagging moments in the future!