Bobi loses his title as oldest dog

Henry

Bobi, previously crowned the world’s oldest dog, has lost his title due to inconclusive evidence of his age, Guinness World Records (GWR) has announced.

GWR found after an official review that there was “no longer the necessary evidence to support Bobi’s claim as the record holder”.

Bobi died in October and it was said at the time that he was 31 years and 165 days old. He was already crowned the oldest living dog and the oldest dog of all time in February last year.

But after Bobi’s extraordinary longevity raised several questions among experts, Guinness suspended the title in January pending a review.

Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, said at the time that the suspicions were “unfounded”.

Guinness relied on microchip data sources from the Portuguese government’s pet database SIAC. When Bobi was microchipped in 2002, SIAC “did not require proof of age for dogs born before 2008”, GWR said.

“We are not yet in a position to confirm a new holder for the record.”

Bobi was a genuine Rafeiro, a Portuguese dog breed whose life expectancy is usually between 12 and 14 years.

The previous record holder was an Australian sheepdog called Bluey, who died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months.