The Guinness World Records recently hit bookstores, and it’s not just people with records. There are many dogs who have made their mark in history by creating or breaking records. The following are 10 current canine record-holders. Could your dog be next?
#1 – Fastest 30 Meters On A Scooter By A Dog
The fastest 30m on a scooter by a dog was achieved in 20.77 seconds and was achieved by Norman the Scooter Dog, owned by Karen Cobb (USA), at All Tournament Players Park, in Marietta, Georgia, USA.
#2 – Fastest 5 Meters On Front Paws By A Dog
The fastest time for a dog to cover 5m on its front legs is 7.76 sec and was achieved by “Jiff” (USA) at TOPS Kennels, Grayslake, Illinois, USA
#3 – Fastest Time For A Dog To Retrieve A Person From Water (25 M)
The fastest time for a dog to retrieve a person from water over a distance of 25m is 1 minute 36.812 seconds, achieved by Jack the Black vom Muehlrad and his handler Hans-Joachim Brueckmann (both from Germany), on the Kaarster See lake in Kaarst, Germany, on 11 June 2013.
#4 – Fastest Time To Complete 10 Meters On Hind Legs By A Dog
The fastest time for a dog to cover 10m on its hind legs is 6.56 sec and was achieved by “Jiff” (USA) at TOPS Kennels, Grayslake, Illinois, USA.
#5 – First diabetes-detection dog
The first diabetes-detection dog was Armstrong, a yellow Labrador retriever trained in 2003 in California to detect via scent the subtle chemical changes leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), a condition that if left unchecked can cause a diabetic to slip into a potentially fatal coma. So successful was Armstrong that Dogs for Diabetics (D4D), a charity training diabetes detection dogs, was founded in 2004.
#6 – Most expensive Snoopy memorabilia
The most expensive Snoopy memorabilia is a HK$2,888,880 (£224,960; $372,750) replica named “The Ever-Shining Star” created by Tse Sui Luen Jewellery (International) Limited, and unveiled in Hong Kong, China, on 13 November 2009.
#7 – Most treats balanced on a dog’s nose
The most treats balanced on a dog’s nose at one time is 26 and was achieved by Monkey and handler Meghan Fraser (USA) on the set of ‘Guinness World Records Unleashed’ in Los Angeles, California, USA.
#8 – Smallest dog living (height)
The smallest dog living, in terms of height, is a female Chihuahua called Milly, who measured 9.65 cm (3.8 in) tall on 21 February 2013 and is owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico.
#9 – Tallest Dog Ever
The tallest dog is ‘Zeus’ (USA) a Great Dane, who measured 1.118 m (44 in) and was owned by Denise Doorlag and her family, of Otsego, Michigan, USA.
#10 – Tallest Dog Living – female
The tallest female dog living is Morgan (Canada), who was measured at 98.15 cm (3 ft 2.6 in) tall in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. Morgan is owned by Dave and Cathy Payne of Melbourne, Ontario, Canada.