Most of the time, the mere existence of dogs is enough to make dog lovers happy. However, even in the canine world, some pooches are just overachievers. In fact, some are record setting dogs — with titles that are recognized by Guinness World Records!
Find out who these record setting dogs are, and what they achieved.
7 Record Setting Dogs
1. Fastest dog to run on two legs
Greyhounds and whippets may be known for their athleticism and speed, but we haven’t seen a dog race that requires pooches to run on two legs yet! However, even if there’s no such competition, the Guinness World Records still recognizes Jiff, a Pomeranian, to be the fastest dog to run using his two legs — he ran 10 meters using his hind legs in 6.56 seconds, and he also ran 5 meters using his front paws within 7.76 seconds.
2. Tallest dog, ever
We already know that the Great Danes are the tallest dog breed in the world. But the average height of a male Great Dane is 2 feet. However, Zeus the Great Dane is recognized as the tallest dog in the world as his height is 3 feet and 5.18 inches. And based on his humans’ stories, he truly lives up to the “gentle giant” term — as he’s a “laid-back” and “well-behaved” pup.
3. Longest tail on a dog
If you ever stepped on your dog’s tail before, then you know how horrible it is to hear them yelp — even if we explain to them a thousand times that we didn’t mean it! That’s why it’s quite difficult to fathom how Keon’s family tries to constantly avoid his 30.2-inch-long tail! Keon is an Irish wolfhound from Belgium — he previously beat another record breaking dog with the longest tail by 1.7 inches.
4. Longest tongue
Receiving puppy kisses (aka doggo licks) is one of the best feelings in the world. But an English Setter named Bisbee might just give you way more kisses than usual (surface wise)! He holds the world record for having the longest lickers — from tip to snout, this good boy from Tucson, AZ has a 3.7-inch-long tongue!
5. Oldest dog ever
If there’s one thing that’s “imperfect” about dogs, it’s that they don’t live long enough! If pet owners had it their way, dogs should live as long as humans. That’s why the world’s oldest dog’s owners are probably delighted and grateful that their furry companion, Bobi, recently celebrated his 31st birthday! Unsurprisingly, they celebrated Bobi’s birthday with a party with over 100 guests in attendance.
6. Highest hurdle jumped by a pooch
Most dogs are athletic. However, some are record breaking dogs, and they should somehow be called Paw-lympians! Take Feather the Greyhound, for instance — this good girl jumps hurdles that are taller than an average American man. She holds the Guinness World Record for jumping a hurdle that’s 6 feet and 3 inches in height.
7. Longest wave surfed by a doggo
Some dogs are all about “beach life.” And a dog named Abbie Girl seems to understand that mantra. Not only does she surf (which is already impressive!), but she’s also one of the record breaking dogs, because she surfed a 351.7 feet-long wave in San Diego, CA.
Other Notable Dogs Who Achieved Unique Feats
Very few pooches will become record breaking dogs. However, there are also other good boys and gals who are noteworthy in their own ways. Here are some of them — that you may or may not already be familiar with.
Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin was a real-life German Shepherd who was rescued by Corporal Lee Duncan. Duncan nurtured the very weak puppy and snuck him back to Long Island, New York. He then raised him and taught Rin Tin Tin tricks. One day, a bundle of newspapers fell on Rin Tin Tin and he broke his paw. After nursing the German Shepherd for nine months, Duncan entered Rin Tin Tin in a talent show in Los Angeles — where Rin Tin Tin leaped at impressive heights.
Rin Tin Tin’s talent show win paved the way for him to star in countless Warner Brothers films. The dog is notable because Warner Brothers was on the verge of bankruptcy then. But because of the movies Rin Tin Tin starred in, it changed the film industry forever — he was even regarded as the Warner Brothers’ “mascot.” This celebrity dog also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
We can’t underestimate a dog’s loyalty. The Akita named Hachiko is known for waiting for his owner to come home for 9 years. Every day, he waited at the Shibuya Station — not realizing that his owner died suddenly (from a brain hemorrhage). Hachiko did this until he died. His loyalty is honored with a bronze statue of him erected at the train station in Japan.
Dogs serve different purposes. One dog, however, is regarded as a Soviet hero. Laika, a stray mongrel, was sent into Earth’s orbit back in 1957. Scientists always knew that her mission to board the Sputnik 2 was a one-way trip. Laika only had one meal and a 7-day oxygen supply — and she died shortly after she was launched into space (from overheating). These days, many consider her contribution to science as a heroic act.
Let’s give these pooches a round of a-paws! Some pet owners are lucky to own record breaking dogs — and we couldn’t be happier for them and their doggos. However, even if your pup doesn’t own a Guinness World Record title, every pooch is still “certified” to be adorable.
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