Happy birthday, Bobi! World’s Oldest Dog Ever, Turns 31

Happy birthday, Bobi! World’s Oldest Dog Ever, Turns 31


Bobi, a remarkable canine, is celebrating his 31st birthday in the picturesque village of Conqueiros in Portugal. As the World’s Oldest Living Dog and the World’s Oldest Dog Ever, according to Guinness World Records, Bobi’s longevity and zest for life have captured the hearts of many. This article delves into Bobi’s extraordinary journey, his birthday celebration, and a summary of notable long-lived dogs from around the world.


A Legendary Canine: Born on May 11, 1992, on his family’s farm, Bobi has surpassed expectations and defied the odds. His recent Guinness World Record titles were granted in February, shortly after Spike, then 23, received recognition as the World’s Oldest Living Dog. Bobi’s remarkable age places him in a league of his own, even predating significant cultural references such as the Air Bud movie and the catchy tune “Who Let the Dogs Out.”

The 31st Birthday Extravaganza: To commemorate Bobi’s milestone birthday, his owner, Leonel Costa, has organized a “very traditional” Portuguese party, expecting a gathering of more than 100 people. Friends and supporters from various parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, and Japan, are making the journey to join in the festivities. As a testament to his celebrity status, Bobi has attracted the attention of journalists and individuals who wish to capture a moment with the living legend.

A Healthy and Happy Life: Despite concerns about the potential stress that comes with newfound fame, Bobi remains in good health. His owner acknowledges the challenges that arise with increased attention, as Bobi has been the subject of numerous photographs and encounters. However, Costa affirms that Bobi’s resilience and spirit continue to shine through, bringing joy to all those who have the pleasure of knowing him.

A Testament to Longevity: Bobi’s breed, Rafeiro do Alentejo, typically has a life expectancy of 12-14 years, making his long and vibrant life truly exceptional. Costa expresses gratitude for having Bobi as a loyal companion for over three decades, acknowledging the unique bond they share. Bobi’s incredible journey has become an inspiration, leaving people in awe of his enduring vitality and unwavering spirit.

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Notable Long-Lived Dogs


 Alongside Bobi, there have been other remarkable dogs throughout history who have achieved impressive lifespans.

Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, held the title of the Oldest Dog Ever before Bobi. Bluey lived until the age of 29 years and 5 months, making his mark on history.

Taffy, a Welsh Sheepdog from the United Kingdom, lived for 27 years and 211 days.

Adjutant, a Labrador Retriever, and Buksi, a Mongrel from Hungary, both lived for 27 years.

Bramble, a Border Collie from the United Kingdom, enjoyed a long life of 24-25 years.

Spike, a Chihuahua Mix from the United States, has reached the age of 23 years and counting.

Gino Hammerstrike Gilgamesh Wolf, a Chihuahua/American Eskimo Dog Mix, has defied expectations at 22 years and 233 days.

Pebbles, a Toy Fox Terrier from the United States, lived a vibrant life for 22 years and 189 days.
TobyKeith, a Chihuahua, has currently reached 22 years and 126 days.

As Bobi enjoys his special day, it is important to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of other long-lived dogs throughout history. From Bluey, the previous record holder, to Taffy, Adjutant, Buksi, Bramble, Spike, Gino Hammerstrike Gilgamesh Wolf, Pebbles, and TobyKeith, these dogs have left their pawprints on the timeline of canine longevity.

Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, expresses immense joy and gratitude for the privilege of having Bobi in their daily lives for over three decades. The bond they share is a testament to the unconditional love and companionship that dogs bring into our lives.

Bobi’s story serves as an inspiration to all dog lovers, reminding us of the joy, happiness, and unconditional love that our furry friends bring. It is a celebration of life, resilience, and the incredible bond between humans and their loyal companions.

As Bobi’s birthday celebration unfolds in Portugal, his story continues to captivate the hearts and minds of people around the world. Bobi’s remarkable journey is a reminder that age is just a number and that a dog’s love and companionship can enrich our lives for many years.

So, let us raise a toast to Bobi, the World’s Oldest Dog Ever, as he turns 31 and celebrates with a joyous 100-person birthday bash. May his story inspire us to cherish and appreciate the furry friends who bring so much love and happiness into our lives. Happy birthday, Bobi!


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