So, that 31-year-old dog in Portugal might not be the oldest dog in the world after all – DNyuz

So, that 31-year-old dog in Portugal might not be the oldest dog in the world after all

In February 2023, the Guinness World Records announced that it had found the world’s oldest living canine and the oldest dog ever recorded.

Bobi, a Rafeiro do Alentejo in Portugal, was bestowed the accolade at the staggering age of, according to his owner, 30.

Bobi then died in October, making him 31 years old at the time. Guinness World Records has now put his record on hold after a number of inquiries about the validity of the claim.

“We have temporarily paused applications for both record titles of oldest dog ever and living while our review continues. This will continue until we are able to communicate our findings,” a representative told the Associated Press in a report on Tuesday.

Indeed, living to 31 would have made Bobi the dog equivalent of around 170 years old, per the American Veterinary Medical Association’s calculating methods.

Dogs of his breed have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Bobi’s owner Leonal Costa told Guinness World Records that Bobi’s long life was due to a human-food diet and never having been chained or leashed.

However, observers say there are discrepancies in photos of Bobi from 1999 — when he would have been 7 — and 2022, noting that his paws are differently colored in the old and new images.

Bobi’s purported age was also challenged by Danny Chambers, a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, who told The Guardian that “not a single one of my veterinary colleagues believe Bobi was actually 31 years old.”

Chambers’ organization is a regulatory body in the UK that oversees thousands of veterinary practices.

According to Guinness World Records, the age of Bobi is recorded in Portugal’s official database. This was checked by Guinness World Records before awarding him.

However, an investigation by WIRED reported that an official said the database entry was based on information provided by Costa, the dog’s owner. Costa was repeatedly reported by the outlet as having not responded to their questions.

Bobi’s record came just after Spike, a 23-year-old Chihuahua, was named the oldest living dog by the Guinness World Records. Bobi’s victory came two weeks after Spike was named the oldest living dog by Guinness World Records.

Per the AP, Guinness World Records’s spokesperson said the organization was aware of the public skepticism toward Bobi’s record and that it received notes from veterinarians concerned about the validity of his claim.

They told The Guardian that Bobi’s title was suspended, not taken away from him, as “no action has been taken about any record holders yet.”

If Bobi’s record is stripped from him, the accolade of the world’s oldest-ever dog would return to Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived to 29 years and five months old from 1910 to 1939, per the Guinness World Records.

The Guinness World Records press team didn’t immediately reply to an outside normal business hours request for comments.

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