Here’s What The Owner Says Helped The World’s Oldest Dog Live So Long

It’s Bobi’s 31st birthday this week; the oldest dog in the world.

Guinness World Records records that Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, lives in the rural village of Conqueiros, near Leiria, Portugal, with his owner Leonel Costa, 38.

Bobi, who only eats human food and loves napping, will celebrate his birthday with a blowout bash on Saturday attended by more than 100 guests, some of whom are flying in from abroad.

Costa told Guinness World Records Bobi’s party will be a “very traditional” Portuguese affair. There will be extra servings of meats and fish, of course, for the birthday boy.

Bobi is also scheduled to perform in a dance troupe as part of the event.

He is the oldest living dog in the world and the oldest living dog in history. In February, he was honored with both titles by Guinness World Records.

Costa said, “We’ve had a lot of journalists and people come from all over the world to take a picture with Bobi.”

In 1992, Bobi’s birth date, May 11, 1992, was confirmed by Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Municpio de Leiria (Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria).

The SNMV (Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários; National Union of Veterinarians) verified his age in the SIAC pet database, authorized by the Portuguese government.

Costa has been caring for Bobi since he was 8, though he recently took Bobi to the vet because he was concerned that Bobi’s fame was causing him physical and mental stress.

Cosa said, “There were a lot of pictures taken, and he had to get up and down many times. It wasn’t easy for him.” He added, “His health was a little damaged, but now it’s better.”

A few of Costa’s dogs have lived long lives, including Bobi’s mother, Gira, who lived until she was 18. It would have been impossible for Costa to imagine that he would see his dog reach his 30s.