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A Portuguese dog has been awarded the Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest dog on 1 February.

Bobi is 30 years and 266 days old. He broke the record held by an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who was born in 1910 and lived for 29 years and 5 months. Bluey held the record for almost 100 years.

The new titleholder, who lives in Conqueiros, a small Portuguese village for his entire life, is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo. The breed is famous for being used to act as security dogs and guard livestock.

Rafeiro do Alentejos normally live to about 12 or 14 years of age, but Bobi has beaten all the odds and has lived for twice as long as that.

Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, says part of the reason why Bobi has lived such a long life is because of his diet of unseasoned human food. He also has the freedom to roam unleashed through the forests and farmlands close to his home.

The surroundings are a calm countryside scene, perfect for a peaceful life.

The Smithsonian Magazine reports that the dog’s longevity has been confirmed by the SIAC, a pet database authorised by the Portuguese government and managed by the National Union of Veterinarians.

Image credit: People

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