A FARM dog has set a new Guinness World Record for being the oldest pooch by reaching 30 — equivalent to 210 in humans.
Bobi breaks a record held by Australian cattle-dog Bluey, who was 29 years and five months when he died in 1939.
3Bobi breaks a record held by Australian cattle-dog Bluey, who was 29 years and five months when he died3Bobi’s age has been verified before he was awarded his Guinness world RecordHe also takes the record for the oldest living dog — having been held for just two weeks by 23-year-old chihuahua Spike, from Ohio.
Bobi, a Portuguese mastiff, was born on May 11, 1992.
Owner Leonel Costa called him “one of a kind”.
Leonel, 38, of Conqueiros, Portugal, said: “Bobi has been a warrior for all these years. Only he knows how he’s been holding on. It must not be easy.”
A dog’s age is multiplied by seven to find its rough equivalent in human years.
Leonel explained: “I was eight years old. My father was a hunter, and we always had many dogs.”
“Unfortunately, at that time it was considered normal by older people who could not have more animals at home to bury the animals in a hole so that they would not survive.”
Little Bobi managed to escape and was raised by Leonel and his brothers.
He said: “We knew that when the dog opened its eyes, my parents would no longer bury it. It was popular knowledge that this act could not or should be done.”
“I confess that when they [his parents] found out that we already knew, they screamed a lot and punished us, but it was worth it and for a good reason!”
Bobi has problems with his eyesight and some walking issues in his old age and had a health scare in 2018 but pulled through.
His age has been verified by a pet database authorised by the Portuguese government and he was awarded his Guinness World Records on February 1.
3Bobi has problems with his eyesight and some walking issues in his old age and had a health scare in 2018 but pulled through
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