“Oldest dog ever” Bobby, whose title has been suspended amid the investigation

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Bobby died in October 2023.


“The tallest dog in the world” Bobbyfrom He died In October, said to be 31, he temporarily lost his title while Guinness World Records (GWR) investigated his case ageA company spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday.

“While our review continues, we have decided to pause both record titles for The Largest Dog Alive until all of our findings are in place,” the spokesperson said.

Bobby's age was initially confirmed by the Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Município de Leiria (the Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria), which said he was registered in 1992 while SIAC, a pet database approved by the Portuguese government, verified this, according to For GWR's February record announcement.

He was reportedly 31 years and 165 days old when he died in October.

However, doubts began to arise shortly after Bobby's death regarding evidence that reportedly proved his true age.

A formal GWR review occurs when a record's title is challenged and includes analyzing existing evidence, searching for new evidence, and communicating with experts and those associated with the original request, a spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday.

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Bobby takes a photo with his owner Leonel Costa and receives a Guinness World Record certificate for the largest dog in May 2023.

Bobby's owner, Leonel Costa, who said he was 8 years old when his dog was born in 1992, told GWR in February that there were many secrets regarding the dog's unusual aging.

Costa said Bobby always roamed freely, without a leash or chain, lived in a “quiet and peaceful” environment and ate human food soaked in water to remove seasoning.

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He was a purebred Raveiro do Alentejo — a breed of livestock guarding dog — according to Costa. The average life expectancy of the Rafeiro do Alentejos is about 12-14 years, according to the American Kennel Club.

Bobby spent his whole life in Conqueiros, a small Portuguese village about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the capital, Lisbon, and he often walked around with cats.

The previous record holder for the oldest living dog and oldest dog ever was held by Australian cattle dog Bluey, who was born in 1910 and lived 29 years and five months.

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