Guinness World Records recently made a shocking announcement, suspending the title of the world’s oldest dog due to doubts about its true age. The dog in question, named Bobi, reportedly passed away at the impressive age of 31 years and 165 days. This has sparked controversy as experts and professionals have raised concerns about Bobi’s age, suggesting discrepancies in photos and his physical condition.
Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro, not only held the record for the Oldest Dog Living but also broke a nearly century-old record to become the Oldest Dog Ever. However, Guinness World Records has chosen to temporarily pause these titles until a thorough review is conducted.
The doubts surrounding Bobi’s age arose when veterinarians and professionals noticed inconsistencies in photos of the elderly pooch. Concerns were also raised about his physical condition, which seemed unusual for a dog of his supposed age. Despite attempts to reach out to Bobi’s owner, there was no response, and calls went unanswered.
Bobi’s alleged birthdate is May 11, 1992, and he was discovered abandoned by the Costa family. According to the owner, Bobi’s longevity can be attributed to the peacefulness of country living and a diverse diet. The dog spent his days lazily lounging around the yard with the family cats, but as he grew older, he became less mobile.
Guinness World Records takes their titles seriously and wants to ensure the accuracy and credibility of all record holders. As a result, they have initiated a review process for the titles of Oldest Dog Living and Oldest Dog Ever. Until this review is completed, the record titles will remain suspended.
It remains to be seen whether Bobi truly held the title of the world’s oldest dog, or if there has been a case of mistaken identity. As pet lovers around the world eagerly await the results of Guinness World Records’ review, the spotlight remains on the remarkable life and alleged age of this beloved Rafeiro breed.