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Bobi stripped of World's Oldest Dog title

By Justine Seraphin Country Manager

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Guinness World Records (GWR) has revoked the title of world's oldest dog from Bobi, a Rafeiro do Alentejo from Portugal, posthumously.

The decision to strip Bobi of his title comes after a dispute arose regarding the accuracy of his reported age.

Guinness World Records controversy

GWR expressed its skepticism, stating that the evidence provided, including a microchip, was insufficient to validate Bobi's claimed age. Despite being hailed as the oldest dog last year, with an alleged age of 30 at the time of recognition, doubts regarding the legitimacy of the record surfaced.

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Bobi's reported age at the time of his death in October 2023 was 31 years and 165 days, surpassing the typical lifespan of his breed by a significant margin. However, doubts raised by experts, including veterinarians, prompted GWR to launch an investigation into the matter.

We'll never know...

Leonel Costa, Bobi's owner, refrained from commenting on the removal of the record. Nevertheless, he had previously defended Bobi's age against skepticism. Despite the controversy, GWR has yet to identify the new record holder for the title of world's oldest dog.

In light of this controversy, the case underscores the challenges in accurately verifying the ages of pets and the stringent criteria required for record-breaking claims.

No matter how old Bobi actually was, one thing is for sure: He was still a very good boy, and that's how he'll be remembered by all.

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