Bobi the Rafeiro do Alentejo is officially the world's oldest dog, having celebrated his 31st birthday on May 11, 2023. The Portuguese mastiff was born in 1992 and has lived his entire life with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros.
Bobi's age is all the more remarkable given that his breed typically only lives for up to 14 years. His owner, Leonel Costa, attributes Bobi's longevity to a combination of factors, including his free-roaming lifestyle, healthy eating, and drinking lots of water.
"Bobi is a very special dog," Costa said. "He's been with us for over 30 years and he's like a member of the family. He's been through a lot with us and he's always been there for us."
In the early years of his life, Bobi was a working dog, helping to herd livestock on the family's farm. He was also a loyal companion to Leonel's father, who passed away in 2018.
"Bobi was my father's dog," Costa said. "They were very close and my father loved him very much. When my father died, Bobi was very sad. He didn't eat or drink for a few days."
Over the years, Bobi has slowed down a bit, but he still enjoys spending time outdoors and playing with the family's other dogs. He also loves to eat and sleep, and he's always happy to see visitors.
"Bobi is a very happy dog," Costa said. "He loves life and he loves being with us. We're so grateful to have him in our lives."