The oldest dog in the world is 30 years old, and he's Portuguese!

Bobi was 30 years and 226 days old as of February 1 and is said to be fine for his age, confirmed by the Portuguese government's pet database, maintained by the National Union of Veterinarians

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The oldest dog in the world is 30 years old, and he's Portuguese!

Bobi is 30 years old, lives in Portugal, and is the oldest dog in the world. It is a Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed that has an average life expectancy of 12-14 years. Bobi was 30 years and 226 days old as of February 1 and is said to be fine for his age, confirmed by the Portuguese government's pet database, maintained by the National Union of Veterinarians.

According to the BBC, the Guinness World Record which replaced it for the Australian Bluey, who died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months, the previous holder of the record. Bobby has lived all his life with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros, near the west coast of Portugal, after being born with three brothers in a shack.

Leonel Costa, who was eight at the time, told the BBC his parents had too many pets at the time and had to put the puppies down, but the children managed to save Bobi by keeping him hidden away until eventually it was discovered and has become part of the family.

The rafeiro do Alentejo

The rafeiro do Alentejo is a breed of dog from Portugal. It owes its name to the Alentejo region, in which it was raised. The breed has adapted to the very heavy temperature variations to which the region is exposed, between day and night, and summer and winter.

Being an autochthonous breed, its story doesn't have much to tell as it was born and evolved in the same area. Being an excellent guard dog, it was immediately appreciated for these qualities, using it on farms and in homes; it manages to take full advantage of this characteristic thanks to its very fine hearing, such as sight and smell.

During the day the dog is quiet, always remaining threatening towards strangers. With his owner he is sweet, faithful and incredibly docile. This dog was part of the list of dangerous dog breeds, which is no longer in force.

The Rafeiro is a large dog, slightly longer than tall, with a broad chest. The head is massive; the eyes are small and dark, the ears small, triangular and hanging. The coat is thick and straight, of short to medium length. It may be black, fawn, wolf gray or yellow, brindle or not, but always with white markings; or it can be white marked with these colors.

It is not as thick as the coat of other herding dogs such as the Polish Tatra. Photo Credits: pic by Il Messaggero