Guinness World Records (GWR) has announced a formal examination of the title for the “world’s oldest dog” given to a Portuguese canine named Bobi, who passed away last year. The decision comes after concerns were raised by veterinarians regarding the accuracy of Bobi’s reported age. Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro Alentejano, spent his life in a village in central Portugal. GWR initially declared that the dog lived for an astounding 31 years and 165 days, surpassing a record set in 1939 by an Australian cattle dog that lived to be 29 years and five months old. Bobi, who earned the title in February, breathed his last in October of the same year.

Bobi’s breed, traditionally employed as sheepdogs, generally has a life expectancy of 12–14 years. GWR is currently conducting a comprehensive review, reexamining existing evidence, seeking new information, consulting experts, and reaching out to those associated with the original application. The review has prompted a temporary suspension of applications for both the “oldest dog living” and “oldest dog ever” titles until all findings are thoroughly examined and communicated. Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, expressed disappointment that GWR has not contacted him and disclosed that some veterinarians disputed Bobi’s longevity, attributing it to a diet consisting of “human food” instead of recommended pet food. GWR stated that no actions have been taken against any record holders so far, and any decisions will be contingent on the outcome of the ongoing review. Before Bobi’s demise, he still enjoyed walks but had become less adventurous, experiencing thinning fur, deteriorating eyesight, and a need for more rest compared to his earlier years.