Bobi 'the world's oldest dog' LOSES his title - four months after he died: ... trends now

Bobi 'the world's oldest dog' LOSES his title - four months after he died: ... trends now
Bobi 'the world's oldest dog' LOSES his title - four months after he died: ... trends now

Bobi 'the world's oldest dog' LOSES his title - four months after he died: ... trends now

Bobi 'the world's oldest dog' has lost his title four months after he died, with Guinness World Records saying there is 'no conclusive evidence' to support the claim he was 31 years old.

Following complaints by some veterinarians who raised doubts over his age, Guinness World Records last month started a formal review of the title issued last February. 

It said Bobi was 31 years and 165 days old, breaking a record held since 1939 by an Australian cattle-dog that died at 29 years and five months.

Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro Alentejano who spent his life in a village in central Portugal, died in October. 

His breed, traditionally used as sheepdogs, usually has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. 

Following complaints by some veterinarians who raised doubts over his age, Guinness World Records last month started a formal review of the title issued last February. Pictured Bobi and his owner, Portuguese national Leonel Costa

Following complaints by some veterinarians who raised doubts over his age, Guinness World Records last month started a formal review of the title issued last February. Pictured Bobi and his owner, Portuguese national Leonel Costa

Some observers noted Bobi had white paws in old photos whereas they were brown when he died. Picture is said to show Bobi in 1999

Some observers noted Bobi had white paws in old photos whereas they were brown when he died. Picture is said to show Bobi in 1999

Mark McKinley, director of records at GWR, said in a statement that microchip data sourced from the official Portuguese database had been central to Bobi's evidence, but it turned out the chipping did not require proof of age for dogs born before 2008.

'With the additional veterinary statement provided as evidence for Bobi's age also citing this microchip data, we're left with no conclusive evidence which can definitively prove Bobi's date of birth,' he wrote.

'Without any conclusive evidence available to us right now, we simply can't retain Bobi as the record holder and honestly claim to maintain the high standards we set ourselves.'

Following the suspension of Bobi's title, his owner last month hit out at 'parasites' linked to the veterinary world in a scathing attack over the 'campaign' to get his beloved pet dethroned.

Portuguese national Leonel Costa said industry people with a vested interest in selling 'processed' pet food had targeted him and his dog because he had extolled the virtues of human food for his four-legged friend.

Some observers noted Bobi, a Portuguese breed of livestock guardian dog, had white paws in old photos whereas they were brown when he died.

Breaking his silence in a no-holds-barred attack on the vets and other critics who have cast doubt on the dog's record-breaking age, Mr Costa said a campaign of discredit was being fuelled by vested interests bent on safeguarding the processed animal feed business. 

Bobi was recorded as the world's oldest dog ever with the previous record being held by an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 aged 29 years and five months

Bobi was recorded as the world's oldest dog ever with the previous record being held by an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 aged 29 years and five months

Bobi's owner Leonel (pictured) says he grew up with the dog from the age of eight

Bobi's owner Leonel (pictured) says he grew up with the dog from the age of eight

He said in a statement: 'Bobi had a long life eating natural food, as well as only

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