Every dog has his day and that day is today for Bobi, the farm dog that has just written himself into the history books.

Bobi has taken the Guinness World Record as the oldest living dog and also incredibly as the oldest dog to have ever lived.

The hound with the secret to eternal youth is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo.

The breed is a type of farm dog from Portugal that typically has a life expectancy of around 12-14 years which makes Bobi’s longevity all the more astounding.

So just how old is this pensioner pup then? Well as of 3 February 2023, Bobi is 30 years and 268 days old.

Translating that into human years using the American Veterinary Association’s formula for a medium dog makes Bobi roughly 164 years old and counting!

Even more staggering is that it was mere chance that the record breaker made it past his first few days on the planet.

Bobi was part of a litter of four that his family couldn’t keep and had decided to put to sleep except Bobi was saved in nick of time and it seems he was always destined for great things.

His owner Leonel Costa told the Guinness World Records how: ‘I was eight years old. My father was a hunter and we always had many dogs.’

The litter was too much for the family to keep but when his father went to round up the pups they accidentally left one behind. The boys were devastated but realised that the dog’s mother kept visiting the outbuilding where they’d been housed.

One day they followed her and found Bobi camouflaged in wood in the building and decided to do something very naughty and hid him for two weeks.

‘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 not be done [after the dog opened its eyes].

By the time his parents found Bobi it was too late. Leonel explained: ‘I confess that when they found out that we already knew, they screamed a lot and punished us, but it was worth it and for a good reason!’

These days Bobi spends his days enjoying the good life trotting about the family farm which Leonel thinks is the secret to his surviving this long.

Prior to his breaking the oldest dog-ever record it was held for over a hundred years by an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who made it to 29 years and five months.

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