11 Amazing Dogs That Have Broken World Records
Every dog owner knows that pooches are amazing. But these dogs have taken their greatness to the next level—check out their amazing feats.
World’s longest tongue on a dog
Courtesy Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records
Getting warm and wet welcoming licks from your furry friends is always a good feeling; it means they’re happy to see you! But what if that tongue is 7.3 inches long? Carla Rickert is the lucky woman from South Dakota who gets greeted this way by her world-record-breaking dog Mochi “Mo” Rickert. She rescued this St. Bernard when Mo was only two years old. We wonder how much peanut butter Mo can chow down on with a tongue that’s the length of two-and-a-half Jenga blocks in a row?
The dog with the winning balancing act
Courtesy Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records
People compete all the time in both endurance races and sprints, but they don’t (usually) do it while balancing cans on their heads. Sweet Pea does, and that’s why this Australian shepherd/border collie mix is so much cooler than most bipeds. She holds the world record for the fastest 100 meters completed with a can balanced on her head.
Most tennis balls held at one time
Drew Gardner/Guinness World Records
This is a question that has probably crossed everyone’s mind at some point: How many tennis balls can a dog hold in his mouth? The answer, according to Guinness World Records, is five. A golden retriever named Augie achieved this feat back in 2003. Here are the best dog breeds for you based on your zodiac sign.
Longest tail on a dog
Courtesy Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records
A wagging tail is a tell-tale sign that a dog is happy to see you. But what do you do when that tail is over two feet long? You probably should move any breakables to a safe zone. Keon the Irish wolfhound is the dog from Belgium that holds the record for having the world’s longest tail on a dog. From the top of the bone to the tip, Keon’s tail measures a grand 30.2 inches long.
World’s fastest scooter dog
Courtesy NormantheScooterDog.com/ Victoria Nielson Photography
Going fast on a scooter often ends in disaster, but not for Norman the Scooter Dog. He made it through a 30-meter dash aboard a scooter in just 20.77 seconds. But he’s no one-trick pony—he can also ride a bike.
The first dog inducted into Surfing Hall of Fame
The Internet is now loaded with videos of dogs with crazy athletic abilities, but the first dog to ever take the surfing world by storm was Abbie the Australian Kelpie. Not only does she hold Guinness World records, but she has also won the most medals of any surfing dog worldwide.
The smartest dog in the world
Courtesy PIlley Family/Sebastien Micke
While there is no system or standard for measuring dog intelligence, numerous articles have been written about Chaser the border collie. Most dogs understand certain simple commands; expecting more than that from your pup seems unrealistic. Chaser is at another level: She understands the difference between hot and cold (when searching for a hidden toy), can go to the right room when told (living room, bedroom kitchen), and can remember people’s names—including ones she’s just met. Chaser has the estimated intelligence of a two or three-year-old child. Learn which dog breeds are the best around kids.
The Fastest 10-Hoop Dog Slalom
Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records
Dog shows and competitions usually see various breeds slaloming around stakes or jumping through hoops. Neo the border collie, however, can do both at once: On a slalom course in which each turn requires a jump through a suspended hoop, Neo ran a world-record time for the 10-hoop slalom, finishing in 8.58 seconds.
World’s tallest dog
Courtesy Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records
While it will probably shock no one that the world’s tallest dog was a Great Dane, it’s still amazing to learn that he was more than three-and-a-half-feet tall—44 total inches. That’s just his regular standing height; imagine if he stood on his hind legs! Check out the 11 superpowers dogs have that make them cooler than humans.
The dog with the most votes for Best Actor
Rin Tin Tin is one of the most famous dogs in Hollywood history: He was rescued from a World War I battlefield and went on to star in dozens of films in the 1920s. As Hollywood legend has it, he earned the most votes for Best Actor in 1929. Perhaps because the Academy couldn’t hand the statue to a dog, they ended up giving the Oscar to Emil Jannings that year. Learn more about the bravest dogs in history.