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Bobi loses 'world's oldest dog' title after recent death led to investigation into his real age – ABC News

Bobi loses 'world's oldest dog' title after recent death led to investigation into his real age
Guinness World Records (GWR) has revoked the title of the "world's oldest dog" it had awarded a now-deceased Portuguese canine named Bobi, as it found no conclusive evidence he had lived more than 31 years.
Following complaints by some veterinarians who raised doubts over his age, GWR  started a formal review last month of the title issued last February.
GWR had previously said that Bobi was 31 years and 165 days old, breaking a record held since 1939 by an Australian cattle dog that died at 29 years and five months.
Bobi, a purebred rafeiro do Alentejano who spent his life in a village in central Portugal, died in October. His breed usually has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Mark McKinley, director of records at GWR, said in a statement that microchip data sourced from the official Portuguese database had been central to Bobi's evidence, but it turned out the chipping did not require proof of age for dogs born before 2008.
"With the additional veterinary statement provided as evidence for Bobi's age also citing this microchip data, we're left with no conclusive evidence which can definitively prove Bobi's date of birth," he said.
"Without any conclusive evidence available to us right now, we simply can't retain Bobi as the record holder and honestly claim to maintain the high standards we set ourselves."
Bobi's owner, Leonel Costa, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
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