Guinness World Records (GWR) has announced a formal examination of the title for the “world’s oldest dog” awarded to a Portuguese dog named Bobi, who passed away last year. This decision follows concerns raised by veterinarians about the accuracy of Bobi’s reported age. Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro Alentejano, lived in a village in central Portugal. GWR initially declared him the world’s oldest dog at an impressive 31 years and 165 days, surpassing a record set by an Australian cattle dog in 1939. Bobi earned this title in February but sadly passed away in October of the same year.

Bobi’s breed, traditionally used as sheepdogs, typically has a life expectancy of 12–14 years. GWR is conducting a comprehensive review, examining existing evidence, seeking new information, and consulting experts. Applications for both the “oldest dog living” and “oldest dog ever” titles are temporarily suspended until the findings are communicated. Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, is disappointed that GWR has not contacted him. He revealed that some veterinarians disputed Bobi’s age, attributing it to a diet of “human food” instead of recommended pet food. GWR clarified that no actions have been taken against record holders, pending the review’s outcome. Before Bobi’s demise, he enjoyed walks but became less adventurous, with thinning fur, deteriorating eyesight, and a need for more rest compared to his earlier years.