The sad passing of Bobi the Mastiff dog from Portugal made headlines because the dog had been granted the title of World’s Oldest Dog by the Guinness Book of World Records at age 31. No dog had ever reached that age before..
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Now, the Guinness World Records has said it is investigating whether the claim the Portuguese mastiff lived to 31 years and 165 days is genuine because that’s the equivalent of 200 human years.
According to The Guardian, “Vets have raised other doubts: although his age had been registered on the national pet database, this is usually based on owners’ self-certification. Furthermore, genetic testing he had received merely confirmed he was old, rather than his precise age.”
Subsequently, a Guinness World Records spokesperson told the Guardian: “We’re aware of the questions around Bobi’s age and are looking into them.”
The record-breaking Portugese mastiff celebrated his 31st birthday this year before his death with a large party in the village of Conqueiros, where over 100 guests attended. As he advanced in age, Bobi became less mobile, so he spent most of his time in the backyard with his cat friends. Bobi’s owner, Leonel described Bobi as a “very sociable” dog.
Danny Chambers, a vet and council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, was quoted as saying, “We are a science-based profession, so for the Guinness Book of Records to maintain their credibility and authority in the eyes of the veterinary profession, they really need to publish some irrefutable evidence.”
Bobi’s owner has yet to comment on the controversy, but all we know, regardless of how old Bobi actually was, losing a pet is always so heartbreaking for an owner.
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