Bobi, the world’s oldest dog, has died in Portugal at the age of 31

Bobi, the 31-year-old dog who set a Guinness World Record earlier this year for being the oldest living dog, has sadly died in Portugal

Bobi with his world record certificate. Picture: Guinness World Records
Bobi with his world record certificate. Picture: Guinness World Records


Bobi, who was recognised as the world’s oldest living dog earlier this year, has died at the age of 31.

Guinness World Records said Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed of Portuguese dog, was born on May 11 in 1992, making him the oldest dog in history.

His owner Leonel Costa said the guard dog passed away at the weekend in a veterinary hospital.

His death came just five months after he celebrated his 31st birthday and the world record in May at a party at his home in the Portuguese village of Conqueiros, where he lived his entire life.

More than 100 people attended Bobi’s “very traditional” Portuguese party, Mr Costa said.

Local meats and fish were served to 100 guests, with extra for Bobi, who only ate human food. A dance troupe* performed with Bobi participating in one of their routines.

Owner Leonel Costa with Bobi.
Owner Leonel Costa with Bobi.

Mr Costa has owned several old-age dogs in the past, including Bobi’s mother, Gira, who lived to 18, but said he never imagined any of his dogs would reach their 30s.

“We see situations like this as a normal result of the life that they have, but Bobi is one of a kind,” Mr Costa said in May.

He said he believes the “calm, peaceful environment” in which Bobi lived had helped his longevity*.

Throughout his life, Bobi freely roamed* the forests surrounding the Costa house. He had never been chained or leashed.

The “very sociable” dog was never lonely because he grew up surrounded by many other animals, Mr Costa said.

Bobi aged seven in 1992. Picture: Guinness World Records
Bobi aged seven in 1992. Picture: Guinness World Records

Bobi’s birth date has been confirmed by the Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria, which registered Bobi in 1992, and a government-approved pet database.

Mr Costa, now 38, was only 8 years old when Bobi was born.

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  • troupe: a group of dancers
  • longevity: a long life
  • roamed: move from place to place without a plan

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1. What sort of dog breed was Bobi?
2. What sort of food did Bobi eat?
3. Give three reasons why his owner thinks he lived so long.
4. If one dog year is equivalent to 7 human years, how old was Bobi in human years?
5. Is the birth date official? How do you know?


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Compare your condensed news story with a classmate. Did you both include the same information or are your stories quite different? Discuss your choices and then work together to create a final condensed version of the story that you both agree tells the important parts that a reader would need or want to know.

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