Dogs are incredible. They are extremely loving, protective, intelligent and just plain adorable. They add so much joy to our lives. Most dog parents will tell you they can’t imagine life without their canine family members.
Some have all these qualities and then some. Many have wow-worthy feats and have set Guinness World Records for impressive accomplishments. Others have been born with outstanding attributes that are downright mesmerising.
Whichever the case, it’s no small feat being a doggy record holder.
Becoming a world record-holder takes serious determination and tons of skill. It takes excessive practice to perfect their skill to either break an existing record or set a new one.
On the part of the trainer, it’s hard work and determination, too. They must do thorough research and make sure the dog they are training has what it takes. Then, they must have a videographer and photographer present to document the attempts.
So, what does a dog require to participate in the Guinness World Records?
Other than the natural gift in the case of physical features, like a long tongue or towering height, there needs to be proper documentation and evidence. This includes, but is not limited to, two witness statements, a cover letter, video evidence and photographic evidence.
If you are thinking of entering your fur baby in any category, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of proper documentation. There are more than 50% of submissions to the Guinness World Records rejected due to scanty evidence. Don’t let one of them be your dog.
After reviewing the official Guinness World Records “Dogs” category, we selected a few of the most exceptional records that are up-to-date as of December 2019. From teacup-sized service dogs to record-time balloon poppers, these dogs from all over the globe prove how stupefying man’s best friend truly is.
Keep reading to meet dogs with superlative world-class features and feats.
Longest Ears on a Living Dog
Lou is the newest record breaking three-year-old black and tan coonhound in this category.
Her owner Paige Olsen from the USA has always joked that Lou’s ears are “extravagantly long” until she got to know just how long after measuring her during the pandemic.
Lou broke the record for the longest ears on a dog (living) with each ear measuring 34 cm (13.38 in).
According to Paige, a veterinary technician, Lou’s ears surprisingly do not require any special maintenance due to their length.
Fastest Dog on Two Front Paws
The fastest dog on two front paws is Konjo. This half Papillon, quarter Jack Russell, quarter Chihuahua from Tusti, California USA claimed the title of fastest 5 metres on front paws by a dog with a time of 2.39 seconds, smashing the previous record of 7.76 seconds. The attempt took place at Tustin Sports Park, Tustin, California on 22 December 2014.
Konjo walks on her front paws on a daily basis. She first started walking on front feet when she was a puppy and does it 100% naturally.
Smallest Dog Alive
Petite dogs remain one of the most popular of all animal records.
In terms of height, the smallest living dog is a female Chihuahua named Miracle Milly who is owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico. Miracle Milly measures 9.65 cm (3.8 in) tall and was born in December 2011. She weighs roughly 1 pound (half a kilogram).
Miracle Milly is known for often sticking out her tiny tongue when someone takes her picture. “She knows how to pose,” says Vanesa. “People are amazed when they see her because she is so small, and she has a big personality. People love her.”
Miracle Milly’s birth weight was less than an ounce and she could fit in a teaspoon. Her little mouth was too tiny to nurse from her mother, so her owner used an eyedropper to give her milk every two hours.
Now you know why she has the very befitting first name, Miracle.
Highest Jump by a Dog
The highest jump by a dog is 191.7 cm (75.5 in) and was achieved by Feather in Frederick, Maryland, USA, on 14 September 2017.
Prior to Feather’s record, the highest jump by a dog was 172.7 cm (68 in) achieved by Cinderella May, a Holly Grey. She is owned by Kate Long and Kathleen Conroy (both USA) and she made the jump at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals, Gray Summit, Missouri, USA on 7 October 2006. She held the record until September 2017
Most Tennis Balls Held in the Mouth
A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one says it all.
The world record for the most tennis balls held in the mouth by a dog at one time is five. Augie, a Golden Retriever owned by the Miller family in Dallas, Texas, USA, successfully gathered and held all five regulation-sized tennis balls on 6 July 2003.
She must have one heck of a strong jaw!
Fastest Time to Pop 100 Balloons by a Dog
You would think dogs don’t have much of an interest in balloons, right?
This balloon popping feat was actually achieved by two dogs.
The fastest time to pop 100 balloons by a dog is 28.22 seconds, and was achieved by Loughren Christmas Star (Toby) and Christie Springs on 9 April 2017. They are both from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Most Frisbees Caught and Held in The Mouth by a Dog
Sure our dogs love playing catch, but Edward Watson’s dog, Rose, took catching frisbees to another level. Rose, who lives in the USA, can catch seven flying discs, thrown one at a time, and hold them all in her mouth at once.
Longest Wave Surfed by a Dog
Dogs love water, and summertime is probably their favourite time of the year.
This must especially be true for Abbie Girl from the USA. She holds the record for the longest wave surfed by a dog in open water. The record currently stands at a 107.2 metre (351.7 ft) wave. This occurred at Ocean Beach Dog Beach, in San Diego, California, USA, on 18 October 2011
Smallest Service Dog
Chihuahuas are best known for their big round eyes, their popularity as celebrity companions and their teensy size.
But there’s more to this toy dog breed.
Take Cupcake, for example. She is the smallest service dog. This adorable, female, long-haired Chihuahua, who measured 15.87 (6.25 in) tall, on 8 September 2012 is world-renowned for being the smallest service dog.
She is owned by Angela Bain of Moorestown, New Jersey, USA
Tallest Dog Ever
Zeus, a Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan, USA, is the tallest dog ever recorded.
He measures an incredible 111.8 cm (44 in) from foot to withers, making him the same size as an average donkey. When he stands on his hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7 ft 4 in, towering over his owner, Denise Doorlag.
The gigantic hound weighs 70.3 kg (155 pounds or 11 stone) and eats the equivalent of one whole 30-lb bag of food a day! His mode of transport is a van and if he steps on your foot, you’ll definitely have some bruising.
Denise says she loves the reaction Zeus gets when they take him out. He gets stares and some people even ask if he is a dog or a horse!
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