World's oldest dog dies aged 31

The world's oldest dog, who escaped death as a puppy, has died at the age of 31.

Bobi, a Portuguese mastiff, was born on May 11, 1992, and earlier this year was recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest dog ever.

The purebred broke the record held by Australian cattle-dog Bluey, who died at 29 years and five months in 1939.

Bobi's death was confirmed by Dr Karen Becker, a veterinarian over the weekend.

He said: "Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings.

"Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on Earth would never be enough for those who loved him.

"Godspeed, Bobi ... you've taught the world all you were meant to teach."

Bobi lived his entire life with Leonel Costa and his family in the rural village of Conqueiros in Portugal.

The dog was born in an outhouse with three siblings, but Mr Costa said the puppies had to be put down as his family had too many animals.

However, Bobi escaped and continued to live at the rural home.

Mr Costa, who was just eight when the dog was born, credited Bobi's long life to the "calm, peaceful environment" he lived in, "far from the cities".