Bobby, the world’s oldest living dog, just celebrated his 31st birthday. Born in 1992, Bobby is equivalent to 217 human years old, according to Guinness World Records, which officially recognized him as the world’s oldest dog earlier this year.
Bobby is a mixed-breed dog who lives in Castelo Branco, Portugal, with his owner Lionel. While the average lifespan of the longest-living breed, the Jack Russell Terrier, is just 12.72 years, Bobby has lived an impressive 18 years longer. In human years, he has outlived a terrier by 126 years.
Bobby’s story is one of longevity and love. According to Lionel, a “quiet and peaceful environment” was key to Bobby’s long life. Bobby has never been tied up with a leash, so he has been able to roam freely in the nearby forest, as if it were his own backyard. Socialization with other dogs was also important for Bobby’s well-being, and his owner said that Bobby has always been sociable and friendly with other dogs.
But as Bobby has grown older, his health has declined. He now prefers to stay in the yard rather than go outside and play. Additionally, he has developed cataracts, which have affected his vision, causing him to run into obstacles frequently. Recently, he has been sleeping more, and his owner said that he falls asleep like an elderly person and goes to bed immediately after meals.
Despite his age, Bobby has garnered much attention in the media. Lionel said that countless journalists have visited over the past three months since Bobby’s record achievement was announced. However, he expressed concern that the attention might be causing stress for Bobby and his health has not been good for the last few months. “Veterinarians warned us that this kind of attention can cause potential physical and mental stress to Bobby,” Lionel said. “We have to be careful with him.”
Bobby’s birthdate, May 11, 1992, is recorded in the official pet database, SIAC, in Portugal. The previous record holder for the world’s oldest dog was Blue, an Australian cattle dog who died at the age of 29 years and 5 months in 1939.
Bobby’s age is a remarkable achievement, and his story is a testament to the love and care that his owner has given him throughout his long life. Happy birthday, Bobby!