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'World's oldest dog' posthumously stripped of title in dispute over his real age

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THE world’s oldest dog has been posthumously stripped of his title in a dispute over his real age.

Bobi died in October last year — allegedly aged 31 years and 165 days.

Bobi, the 'world’s oldest dog,' has been posthumously stripped of his title in a dispute over his real age

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Bobi, the ‘world’s oldest dog,’ has been posthumously stripped of his title in a dispute over his real ageCredit: Reuters

But now the Guinness Book of World Records has raised doubts over the reliability of the microchip used to prove Bobi’s age, saying it is not sufficient proof.

The OAP mutt, a Rafeiro do Alentejo breed, lived in Conquerios, Portugal.

Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, has not yet commented but previously said suspicions over his dog’s age were “unfounded”.

He previously said Bobi was born in 1992 when he was eight-years-old, and he hid him from his parents as they had too many animals.

Leonel attributed Bobi’s long life to his diet of unseasoned human food and never being walked on a lead.

Guinness World Records said: “We’re left with no conclusive evidence which can definitively prove Bobi’s date of birth.

“Without any conclusive evidence available to us right now, we simply can’t retain Bobi as the record-holder.

The previous record-holder was Bluey, who died in Australia in 1939 aged 29 years, five months.

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