Unusual World Record Dogs
If you think your pet has some talents that could be formally recognised, perhaps think outside the square. Your dog may not be the smartest critter in the world, but does he have some amazing feature or skill that could make it into the record books? Today we look at some of the more unusual record holders.
Colonel Meow from Seattle, currently holds the record for having the longest fur on a cat, at a very hairy 22.87 cm long. He may also hold the record for the longest time spent brushing a cat. And check out his hair-do, worth the effort?
And for the thrill-seekers out there, please don’t try this one at home. The record for the longest solid object swallowed by a dog is currently held by a staffy named Kyle. He somehow swallowed a serrated bread knife measuring 38.1cm. Apparently the dog was only 45.7cm long himself, which seems to defy the laws of physics, biology and perhaps many other sensible laws. Could be worse however, there is also a record for the dog surviving the most fatal accidents in one day. Dosha was run over by a car, shot, then put in the freezer, only to be discovered alive and well 2 hours later.
Now we know dogs come in all shapes and sizes, with selective breeding managing all sorts of bizarre physical traits. The record for the longest ears in a dog is of course held by a bloodhound. Tigger had a 34.9cm right and 34.2cm left ear length, putting him firmly in the record books. Unfortunately he passed away in 2009, so can no longer defend his amazing record.
Now, many of these were pure accidents of birth, or in the case of Kyle and Dosha, just pure accidents. For a very talented record-holding pooch, you can’t go past Sweet Pea. This Border Collie/Australian Shepherd cross holds the record for the fastest 100m with a can balanced on her head, at 2 minutes 55 seconds. Sweet Pea’s talents don’t end there, however. She also holds the record for the most steps walked down by a dog facing forwards balancing a glass of water.
Augie is a golden retriever with a passion for tennis balls, leading to an amazing record held for the most tennis balls held in the mouth, a total of 5 regulation sized tennis balls. Well done Augie, many have tried and failed at that one!
Our next record is one that is exhausting just to think about. The record for the most puppies born is held by Tia, a Neopolitan Mastiff who managed to give birth by cesarean to 24 puppies in 2004. I can’t imagine that the poor thing managed any sleep with that many babies to look after!
And our personal favourite is the record for the most people brushing dog’s teeth simultaneously, set in Hong Kong in 2012 with a grand total of 268 dogs. That is a lot of sweet-smelling chompers.
Has your pet set any records? Perhaps the most number of hours slept consecutively by a cat, does that count?