Bobi, the Portuguese dog who made international headlines for being the world’s oldest dog ever, has recently sparked controversy following his death at the age of 31. Guinness World Records (GWR) crowned Bobi in acknowledgment of his extraordinary age, only to later suspend the title and launch an investigation due to doubts raised by veterinarians about the evidence of his age.
The Controversy Surrounding Bobi’s Age
Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, surpassed the average life expectancy of his breed, which is typically 12 to 14 years. His age was initially validated by the Portuguese government’s pet database. However, questions arose when inconsistencies were found in the records, notably in the form of old photos showing different markings on his fur and the lack of concrete data to support his reported birth year of 1992.
The Investigation and Backlash
Amid increasing skepticism from experts, GWR has initiated a formal investigation, leading to the temporary suspension of applications for the record titles for the oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever. Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, faced backlash as he attributed the dog’s longevity to a diet similar to that of humans, contrary to the recommendations of many veterinarians.
The Implications and Outcome
If the investigation proves the doubts surrounding Bobi’s age to be valid, it could impact the recorded period of the dog’s lifespan and challenge the previous record set by Australia’s Bluey, who lived until the age of 29. Costa firmly defended the validity of Bobi’s age, emphasizing that all the requirements set by GWR to verify Bobi’s age had been fulfilled.
The Fallout and Owner’s Rebuttal
Costa believes that the skepticism and backlash were a result of his decision to reveal that Bobi consumed a diet typically associated with humans rather than pet food. He expressed that if they had claimed Bobi primarily consumed pet food, the situation might have been different. Despite the controversy, Costa stands by the authenticity of Bobi’s life story and argues that the elite within the veterinary world attempted to discredit it unjustly.
– Bobi, the world’s oldest dog ever, has had his title suspended by Guinness World Records following doubts about the validity of his recorded age.
– The controversy arose from inconsistencies in Bobi’s documented records and photos.
– Amid the controversy, Bobi’s owner faced backlash for attributing the dog’s longevity to a human-like diet, contradicting veterinary recommendations.
– A formal investigation has been launched to verify Bobi’s age, potentially impacting the record previously set by Australia’s Bluey.
– Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, maintains the validity of Bobi’s age, expressing dissatisfaction with the attempts to discredit his pet’s extraordinary lifespan.