Dogs do amazing things every day, but did you know that some dogs are so unique that they made world records?
1. Oldest Dog
We start our list with the oldest recorded dog, who lived to be 29 years and 5 months old. She was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey. Typically, Australian Cattle Dogs can live for up to 12 years. Like Bluey, most Australian Cattle Dogs live an active lifestyle, which can help the health of any breed. She lived in Australia and passed away in 1939.
2. Tallest Dog
The tallest dog in the world was a Great Dane named Zeus. Great Danes are already considered one of the tallest breeds, so it’s no surprise that this one had a record height! Males can stand 30 inches tall, and females can stand 28 inches tall. Zeus was 44 inches tall, which is about 3 feet, 5 inches. On his hind legs, he stood more than 7 feet tall! That’s taller than the average height of a person!
3. World’s Smallest Full-Grown Dog
A Chihuahua named Miracle Milly holds the record for the world’s shortest dog. Just as Great Danes are known for their height, Chihuahuas are known for being tiny. On average, they only stand from about 5 to 10 inches. Miracle Milly was 3.8 inches tall. She was SO small she had to be fed with an eyedropper when she was born.
4. Longest Tongue
The record for the longest tongue belongs to Mochi Rickert, a Saint Bernard from South Dakota. Mochi’s tongue measured a whopping 7.3 inches! Mochi was a rescue dog whose family loved how unique she was. Having such a long tongue caused breathing problems and extra saliva, but Mochi lived a happy life and loved eating snacks. This particular entry on our list only recently passed away in November 2021.
5. Most Tennis Balls Held in Mouth By A Dog
Retrievers are known for their excellent retrieval abilities. Finley, a Golden Retriever from New York, decided to take the game of fetch to another level by holding not one but six tennis balls in his mouth at one time! Finley was first recorded holding six tennis balls in 2017, but he wasn't given recognition for his record until this year.
6. Biggest Vocabulary
Teaching a dog the meaning of words can be challenging, but with consistent training, they can learn an average of 150 unique words and meanings. But the dog that holds the world record for most learned words goes to Chaser, a Border Collie that learned the meaning of 1,022 words! This was made possible by extensive daily word and visual training combos. She was taught a few words at a time and did big reviews to keep her from forgetting.
Whether by just being their unique selves or by the abilities they display, dogs are truly amazing! Know some interesting dog world records we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments, and check out some of our other “Talkin’ Dogs” videos.
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