Bobi, the world’s oldest dog, turns 31. What’s his secret?


Bobi, the world’s oldest dog, just celebrated turning 31, according to The National.

Bobi, a purebread Rafeiro do Alentejo, celebrated his birthday with a party on May 15th. Attended by 100 people and their pets, the event was as traditional as it gets, with local Portuguese meats and fish served to the guests. 

A dance troupe was also in attendance and put on a performance, Bobi joined the troupe for one of their routines, stealing the show with his charm and enthusiasm.

So, what’s Bobi’s secret to becoming the oldest dog in the world? It turns out, according to his owner Leonel Costa, his calm and peaceful environment has played a huge role. Bobi has always enjoyed the freedom to roam and explore without ever being chained or leashed. Additionally, when growing up, Bobi was always surrounded by other animals, so he never felt lonely. 

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Now that he’s a senior, Bobi likes to take it easy. Because walking is a bit of a challenge for him and his eyesight isn’t what it used to be, Bobi prefers lounging in the yard at his home. As soon as Bobi finishes a meal, he heads straight to bed.

To prove that Bobi is the real deal, his birthdate was confirmed by the Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria, and he is even registered in a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government.

For Costa, “Bobi is special because looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother, or my grandparents who have already left this world,” he said.

  “…Bobi is one of a kind.”


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