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Golden Oldie-gate: Bobi stripped of title! 

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Bobi, the dog who was crowned the world’s oldest pooch by Guinness World Records in February 2023, and who passed away in October (as reported by GoFido) has had his title taken back after doubts about his age surfaced. Despite being part of the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed, which usually has a lifespan of up to 14 years, Bobi made it to a reported ripe old age of 31 years and 165 days.

In a surprising turn of events that has sent shockwaves through the Portuguese canine community, Guinness World Records has decided to re-examine Bobi’s age claim due to uncertainties surrounding the evidence presented, including details from his microchip. Consequently, Bobi’s record has been withdrawn from their website.

They stated, “We’re left with no conclusive evidence which can definitively prove Bobi’s date of birth. Without any conclusive evidence available to us right now, we simply can’t retain Bobi as the record holder.”

A decision on who the new record holder has not yet been made. Before Bobi, the title belonged to Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog, who lived to be 29 years and five months old (7 June 1910 – 14 November 1939), who surely will have his canine crown returned to him posthumously. 

Leonel Costa, Bobi’s owner from Portugal, who previously brushed off any scepticism about his dog’s age as “unfounded”, has not commented.

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