World’s oldest dog, Bobi, dies aged 31

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It is difficult to pinpoint how old Bobi is in human years, as the notion of one human year being equivalent to seven dog years is a myth, according to Forbes.

Citing the American Animal Hospital Association, Forbes says that the first year of a dog’s life is equivalent to 15 human years.

A 2013 study on the relationship between a dog’s size and mortality led researchers to conclude that large dogs tend to die at a younger age because they age faster than smaller dogs.

“Dog ageing isn’t a perfect science and isn’t even the same from dog to dog … dogs mature more quickly in their first few years of their life, compared to later years, so all years are not equal,” certified professional dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert Nicole Ellis told Forbes.

“It is believed this myth came to help pet parents understand the importance of yearly vet visits by showing that our dogs age much faster than us and hence a lot can change in a year and routine visits to your vet are important.”

Before Bobi, the previous oldest dog ever was a Portuguese pooch named Bluey, an Australian cattle-dog that lived for 29 years and five months.

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