Old dog

30-year-old dog named world’s oldest

A 30-year-old dog from Portugal has been officially named as the world’s oldest.

Born in May 1992, Bobi is not just the oldest dog living; he’s the oldest dog ever, according to Guinness World Records.

Bobi is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo — a breed of livestock guardian dog with an average life expectancy of 12-14 years.

His owner, Leonel Costa, describes Bobi as “very sociable” as he grew up with many other animals.

Of course, life has slowed down for this senior citizen. These days, Bobi finds it harder to walk so he mostly spends his time hanging out in the backyard with his four feline friends.

Bobi’s eyesight has worsened over the years, and he rests more than used to.

Healthwise, his owner reports that Bobi has enjoyed a relatively trouble-free life, although there was “one big scare” in 2018 when Bobi needed urgent veterinary treatment after suddenly collapsing due to breathing difficulty. Fortunately, Bobi managed to pull through.

“We have regular [vet] appointments with him and the exams have always shown that he is doing well for his advanced age,” Leonel added.

The previous oldest dog ever, Bluey, was an Australian cattle-dog born in 1910 who lived to be 29 years and 5 months old.

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