The oldest dog in the world turned 31 this past Thursday. His name is Bobi and he is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo born on May 11, 1992. The canine was named the "oldest living dog" by Guinness World Records.
The animal and its loved ones are going to celebrate the anniversary with a birthday party in the town of Conqueiros, according to its owner, Leonel Costa, 38, explained. Bobi will receive a hundred admirers and friends, including guests from other countries.
"Looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and who unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother or my grandparents, who have already left this world. Bobi represents those generations," Costa explained in a interview granted to Guinness.
The veteran dog comes from a lineage of long-lived dogs. In fact, his mother Gira lived to the ripe old age of 18. Bobi dethroned an Ohio Chihuahua named Spike for the title of oldest dog in February.
Bobi's date of birth has been confirmed by the Veterinary Medical Service of the Leiria City Council, together with the SIAC database of companion animals, managed by the government.
The Rafeiro do Alentejos is a breed of livestock guardian dog with an average lifespan of 12 years, so Bobi exceeds all possible expectations in terms of its longevity.