GWR initially stated the canine lived for 31 years and 165 days, breaking a report held since 1939.
Guinness World Information (GWR) says it’s conducting a proper assessment of the “world’s oldest canine” title it gave to a Portuguese canine named Bobi, who died final yr.
The transfer follows complaints from veterinarians who had doubts about his age.
Bobi was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo who spent his life in a village in central Portugal. The GWR initially stated the creature lived for 31 years and 165 days, breaking a report held since 1939 by an Australian cattle canine who died at 29 years and 5 months.
Bobi, who died in October, was named the oldest canine on the earth in February.
Canines of the Bobi breed, historically used as herding canine, often dwell 12 to 14 years.
A spokesperson for the GWR stated the assessment of Bobi’s file was ongoing and included reviewing proof, looking for new proof and contacting specialists and people related to the unique utility.
“Whereas our assessment remains to be ongoing, we have now determined to briefly pause functions for each the oldest residing canine report titles and the titles [oldest dog] till all our findings are identified and communicated,” the spokesperson stated.
Bobi’s proprietor, Leonel Costa, stated in an announcement Tuesday that after his canine’s demise, “an elite throughout the animal world… tried to offer folks the concept that Bobi’s life story was not true.”
Costa stated some veterinarians had been indignant as a result of he attributed Bobi’s longevity to components reminiscent of a gradual food regimen of “folks meals” as an alternative of pet meals, which he stated was typically really helpful by these within the business.
‘The whole lot can be completely different if we had stated ‘he’ [Bobi] I’ve been consuming pet meals for 3 a long time,” Costa stated, including that every one GWR necessities had been met.
Costa stated the GWR has not contacted him.
No motion has but been taken in opposition to report holders, the GWR stated. It added that any motion can be decided by the result of the evaluation.
Earlier than his demise, Bobi nonetheless loved mountain climbing, however had turn out to be much less adventurous, Costa beforehand instructed Reuters. His coat was thinning, his imaginative and prescient had deteriorated and he wanted extra relaxation than in earlier years, Costa stated.