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Prepare to Be Wowed by These Incredible Pet Records

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Pets provide unconditional love and hours of fun and enhance our lives in unquantifiable ways. Every animal lover thinks that their pet is the best. But some pets are formally recognized by world-renowned organizations as being the best at certain things, whether that's having a genetic blessing or a carefully honed trick. We've rounded up some of the most eye-boggling and amazing pet records to put a smile on your face and show you what's possible in this big old world of ours.

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Fastest 98.4 feet on bike and scooter by a dog

Woman walking with her Bernese Mountain Dog Tatyana Aksenova / Getty Images

Norman the Briard passed away in 2022 due to lymphoma, but he achieved the unique distinction of holding two different Guinness World Records during his lifetime. He showed a keen intelligence early on, and owner and dog trainer Karen Cobb primed him for canine sports. Norman became a sensation and could surf, jump rope, barn hunt, herd, and more. But he won his records for his remarkable riding skills.

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Tallest cow ever

Holstein-Friesian cow, close-up Dag Sundberg / Getty Images

A cow named Blosom truly bloomed in Orangeville, Illinois, where she reached a neck-craning height of 6.23 feet from her hooves to the ridge between her shoulder blades and earned a Guinness World Record in 2014. Blosom was owned by Patricia Meads-Hanson and died in 2015 when she was 13. A Holstein, Blosom is likely the tallest cow to ever live. The next tallest cow lived in the early 1900s.

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Longest-living domestic cat

Beautiful old domestic cat with green, smart eyes. Three-color cat's hair: white, red and black Svetlana Urbanskaya / Getty Images

Barivel, from Pavia, Italy, is a gentle giant. This Maine Coon's impressive size belies his shy personality. Barivel eats a protein-rich diet and measures 3 ft 11.2 in. He broke the Guinness World Record in 2018, and pictures of him with his owner are astonishing—he looks almost as big as her!

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Tallest living dog

Black and white Great Dane staring at camera Earl-Wilkerson / Getty Images

This honor goes to Zeus, a Great Dane from the Lone Star State. Zeus stands at 3ft 5.18in. He was the largest puppy in his litter and has always had big paws. Zeus loves going to the Dallas Farmer's Market with his owner, Britney, and her family—everyone knows him and gives him treats. He eats 12 cups of food a day. The tallest dog ever was also a Great Dane named Zeus, so if you're getting a Great Dane soon and are keen on breaking world records, you may want to consider naming your pooch after the king of the Greek gods on Mount Olympus.

5

Oldest living chicken

Sensitive young attractive woman living on a farm, holding a chicken as pet, outdoors in the garden FrankyDeMeyer / Getty Images

The Guinness World Records recently recognized Peanut for reaching the ripe old age of 21. She lives on a farm in Waterloo, Michigan, and has surpassed the average chicken by 10 to 15 years. Peanut's guardian, Marsi Parker Darwin, admits to favoritism because of this particular hen's difficult start in life—she needed to be broken out of her egg. Ever since then, Peanut has loved riding in Darwin's pocket. The family have their fingers crossed for Peanut to beat the world's oldest chicken record, which sits at age 23 and is held by the now-deceased chicken, Muffy. RIP.

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Ugliest dog

Hairless chihuahua being held by owner, close-up DreamPictures / Getty Images

A chihuahua mix named Mr. Happy Face won the 2022 World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California. The contest promotes the adoption of even the least appealing dogs. Mr. Happy Face came from an abusive background, living with a hoarder. He has a mohawk, a skew head, and myriad health problems. But he's finally a winner, with a new loving owner, bragging rights, and a cash prize from the 50-year-old event that probably earned him some treats.

7

Most slam dunks by a rabbit in one minute

Pet rabbit raised in the garden. Looking to explore the area around him SPmemory / Getty Images

Yup, you read right. A slam-dunking bunny called Bini entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2017 for his incredible feats with a basketball. He made seven slam dunks in 60 seconds. But that's only part of what Bini, trained by owner Shai Lighter, could do. This Holland Lop rabbit played instruments, styled hair, performed numerous tricks, and became an online celebrity. He appeared on various TV shows and garnered and garnered a sizable following, but the internet is unsure whether Bini is still alive.

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Fastest 10 m travelled on a ball by a dog

Close-up portrait of beagle sitting outdoors Michelle Alexander / 500px / Getty Images

Purin hails from Tachikawa in Japan, and her commendable balance and athleticism has earned three Guinness World Record titles. This beagle rolled on a ball for 32.8 feet in 9.45 seconds, but there's more to her CV. She's also the dog that can catch the most balls with her paws in a minute and do the most skips by a dog and a person in one minute using a single rope. How awesome is that?! Owner Makoto Kumagai also taught Purin how to ride a skateboard.

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Longest tongue on a living dog

Boxer dog smilingsunray / Getty Images

Rocky, a 9-year-old boxer from Bloomington, Illinois, wasn't prepared to get sloppy second place. Thanks to his genes, he slobbered his way into the record books with a tongue measuring 5.46 inches. Owners Brad and Crystal Williams were delighted when he was officially announced as a Guinness World Record holder in 2023. Rocky dethroned a recent record-breaker, Zoey, a labrador, and German shepherd mix.

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Largest dog walk by a single breed

Young woman with Beagle dog in the park SbytovaMN / Getty Images

On June 18, 2023, 1385 dachshunds gathered in Melbourne, Australia, to walk one kilometer. It was a festive affair. They smashed a previous record set in England in 2018 by a group of 1029 beagles, and it was a sight to behold. A portion of the proceeds was donated to help foster dachshunds who need surgery for intervertebral disc disease.

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Longest tail on a dog

Woman training Irish Wolfhound on a meadow Westend61 / Getty Images

Keon, an Irish wolfhound from Belgium owned by Ilse Loodts, had a tail that took most people by surprise. It was 30.2 inches long and placed Keon in the Guinness World Record Book in 2015. Only the bone is measured, not the fur. Now, that's something to wag about.

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Highest jump by a dog

a funny brown galgo is jumping in a yellow rape seed field BiancaGrueneberg / Getty Images

A rescued greyhound, Feather from Maryland, made her owner jump for joy when she won this Guinness World Record in 2018. Feather jumped an applause-worthy 6 feet 3 inches, a hurdle not that far off women's high jump records. Owner Samantha Valle has said that Feather would bump into the ceiling when leaping at home.

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Most tennis balls held in the mouth

Tennis ball in dog's mouth dohlongma - HL Mak / Getty Images

Perhaps you've seen a dog latch onto a couple of tennis balls simultaneously at the local park. But have you ever seen a dog clutch onto six normal-sized tennis balls at the same time? Well, Finley from Canandaigua, New York, did just that in 2020. Did someone say chubby bunny?

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Longest wave surfed by a dog

Surfing Dog paule858 / Getty Images

351.7 feet. That's how long this wave was. A rescued Australian kelpie called Abbie Girl stood steady and surfed into the records at Ocean Beach Dog Beach in San Diego. Owner Michael Uy introduced Abbie Girl to the ocean ever since she was adopted, and the rest, as they say, is history.

15

Longest ears on a dog

Bloodhound Guy Cali / Getty Images

A bloodhound, Tigger, holds the all-time record (13.75 inches ), but he died in 2009. The currently living dog with the longest ears is Lou, a coonhound. Her ears are 13.38 inches long.

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