Guinness World Records has suspended Bobi's title while it investigates the posthumous claims.
When Bobbi, the world's oldest dog, celebrates his birthday 31st birthday Last year, the world celebrated with him.and he died In October, the world mourned.
But now his record-breaking title is in question.
After Bobbi's death, Guinness World Records launched an investigation after veterans and other experts raised doubts about his age.
While the review is ongoing, Bobbi's title has been put on hold and applications for the title of world's oldest living dog and oldest dog in history have been suspended.
Guinness World Records told The Associated Press on Tuesday that “while the investigation is ongoing, we are temporarily suspending the records for both Oldest Dog and Oldest Dog in History until all findings are finalized. “We have decided to do so,” he told The Associated Press in an email.
Why does the age of the world's oldest dog matter?
Bobi was a purebred Portuguese Rafeiro do Alentejo. breeding Domestic guardian dogs typically live 12 to 14 years, but heavy dogs like Bobbi often don't live to this age.
Guinness World Records announced that it had received letters from some veterans raising questions. dogage and noted public comments from veterans and other experts.
According to British newspaper The Guardian, naysayers said Bobbi's age claims were based on her owner's words, and savvy detectives pointed out that online images from the '90s show Bobbi's paws are a different color. . His exact age could not be confirmed through genetic testing.
Wired, a technology and culture magazine, began investigating in December and discovered that the Portuguese government's database was for registration. pet Bobi was never contacted to confirm his age.
The previous record was held by Bluey, an Australian cow. dog He died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and 5 months.
Bobbi's owner says the accusations are false
Bobi lived his entire life with the Costa family in Conqueiros, a rural village in Leiria in western Portugal.
He was born in 1992 in a barn used to store wood and narrowly escaped death.
Owner Leonel Costa claims veterinarians are trying to tarnish Bobbi's legacy, as eating human food has been cited as one of the secrets to his deterioration. That is something that is often not recommended by owners. pet Expert – Reuters reported.
Bobi's title is currently on pause Guinness World Records A review is being conducted, and the review period is expected to be within three months.