The dog from Portugal was recognized as the oldest in history: she will soon turn 31 years old
Just two weeks after Spike, an Ohio Chihuahua, has been declared the 'oldest dog in the world', The Guinness World Records Committee found another dog in Portugal that broke the record. Writes about it New York Post.
Bobby, born on May 11, 1992, is not only the oldest living dog, but also the oldest dog in history.
The Guinness World Records Committee recognized Bauby, who was 2 years and 2023 days old on February 30, 267, as the new record holder.
By human standards, his age is approximately 140 years. According to the formula, the first two years of a dog's life correspond to 12 human years, and each of all subsequent years corresponds to four human years. Thus Boby is almost 140 years old.
The previous oldest dog was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey who lived to be 29 years and 5 months old. She lived from 1910 to 1939, that is, Bauby broke a nearly hundred-year record.
Bobi's date of birth is verified by the Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Municipio de Leiria (Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria) and also by the SIAC (pet database authorized by the Portuguese government).
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Bobby's owner, Leonel Costa, never even thought that his dog could be the oldest living dog, let alone the oldest dog in history.
“I never thought of registering Bobies for the sake of breaking a record, because, fortunately, our animals have always lived for many years,” Costa said. “We see situations like this as a normal outcome of their lives, but Bobby is one of a kind.”
According to the American Kennel Club, this is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a guard dog breed with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
Bobi spent his entire life in the countryside of Conqueiros in Leiria (Portugal) with the Costa family.
The dog was born as one of four male puppies in an outbuilding where the family stored firewood, but the family already had many animals.
“I was eight years old,” said Costa, now 38. “My father was a hunter and we always had a lot of dogs.”
The father decided that they couldn't have any more animals, and the parents carried the puppies out of the room the day after they were born, while Gira, the mother of the puppies, was out.
“Unfortunately, at that time, older people who were not able to keep many animals considered it normal to bury them so that they would not survive,” Costa explained.
According to him, he and his brothers were in despair after that, but they noticed that Gyra, who lived to be 18 years old, kept returning to the barn where she gave birth.
“It seemed strange to us, because if the animals weren’t there anymore, why would she go there?” Costa remembered.
One day, the brothers followed Gyra and found that the parents had accidentally left one puppy behind.
Boby became a secret between Costa and his brothers.
“We knew that when the puppy opened its eyes, our parents would not be able to bury it,” he said.
Newborn puppies typically take one to two weeks to open their eyes, according to VCA Animal Hospitals.
When the secret of Bobi's existence was revealed, it was too late - he was already watching with his eyes and soon became part of the family.
“I confess, when the parents found out the truth, they shouted a lot and punished us, but it was worth it,” Costa admitted.
He says that only Bobi can reveal his secret to a long life - if only he could speak.
Nevertheless, he believes, one of the most important factors for his longevity is being in a "calm, peaceful environment" away from metropolitan areas.
Bobby has spent his long life roaming the forests and farmlands where the Costa family lives and has never been chained or leashed.
But with age, Bobby became less interested in the adventures of a tramp.
He spends a lot of time in Costa's backyard with his cat friends, as he now has walking and vision problems. The dog rests more lying in bed after eating and sitting by the fire.
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Bobby has his own diet, which mostly consists of "human food".
“What we ate, they ate,” Costa said. In his opinion, this contributed to the longevity of the dog. “Between a can of pet food or a piece of meat, Bobby does not hesitate and chooses our food.”
Bobby visits the vet regularly and for his advanced age he always gets positive results.
In 2018, the dog had only one major health problem when he was hospitalized due to sudden fainting and difficulty breathing.
Because he grew up among many other animals, Bobby is described as a "very sociable" dog.
He is "the last of a long generation of animals" in the Costa family and serves as a reminder to them of all he has lost over the years.
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