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11 Amazing Dogs That Have Broken World Records

Every dog owner knows that pooches are amazing. But these dogs have taken their greatness to the next level—check out their amazing feats.

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Mochi - Dog With Longest TongueCourtesy Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

World’s longest tongue on a dog

Getting warm and wet welcoming licks from your furry friends is always a good feeling; it means they’re happy to see you! But what if that tongue is 7.3 inches long? Carla Rickert is the lucky woman from South Dakota who gets greeted this way by her world-record-breaking dog Mochi “Mo” Rickert. She rescued this St. Bernard when Mo was only two years old. We wonder how much peanut butter Mo can chow down on with a tongue that’s the length of two-and-a-half Jenga blocks in a row?

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Fastest 100m Balancing A Soda CanCourtesy Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records

The dog with the winning balancing act

People compete all the time in both endurance races and sprints, but they don’t (usually) do it while balancing cans on their heads. Sweet Pea does, and that’s why this Australian shepherd/border collie mix is so much cooler than most bipeds. She holds the world record for the fastest 100 meters completed with a can balanced on her head. These 2019 world records will astound and amuse you.

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Most Tennis BallsDrew Gardner/Guinness World Records

Most tennis balls held at one time

This is a question that has probably crossed everyone’s mind at some point: How many tennis balls can a dog hold in his mouth? The answer, according to Guinness World Records, is five. A golden retriever named Augie achieved this feat back in 2003. Here are the best dog breeds for you based on your zodiac sign.

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Keon - Longest Tail On A DogCourtesy Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

Longest tail on a dog

A wagging tail is a tell-tale sign that a dog is happy to see you. But what do you do when that tail is over two feet long? You probably should move any breakables to a safe zone. Keon the Irish wolfhound is the dog from Belgium that holds the record for having the world’s longest tail on a dog. From the top of the bone to the tip, Keon’s tail measures a grand 30.2 inches long. 

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scooter dog recordCourtesy Victoria Nielson Photography

World’s fastest scooter dog

Going fast on a scooter often ends in disaster, but not for Norman the Scooter Dog. He made it through a 30-meter dash aboard a scooter in just 20.77 seconds. But he’s no one-trick pony—he can also ride a bike.

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Surf City Surf DogStewart Cook/REX/Shutterstock

The first dog inducted into Surfing Hall of Fame

The Internet is now loaded with videos of dogs with crazy athletic abilities, but the first dog to ever take the surfing world by storm was Abbie the Australian Kelpie. Not only does she hold Guinness World records, but she has also won the most medals of any surfing dog worldwide.

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ChaserCourtesy PIlley Family/Sebastien Micke

The smartest dog in the world

While there is no system or standard for measuring dog intelligence, numerous articles have been written about Chaser the border collie. Most dogs understand certain simple commands; expecting more than that from your pup seems unrealistic. Chaser is at another level: She understands the difference between hot and cold (when searching for a hidden toy), can go to the right room when told (living room, bedroom kitchen), and can remember people’s names—including ones she’s just met. Chaser has the estimated intelligence of a two or three-year-old child. Learn which dog breeds are the best around kids.

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Neo - Fastest 10 Hoop Slalom By A DogPaul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records

The Fastest 10-Hoop Dog Slalom

Dog shows and competitions usually see various breeds slaloming around stakes or jumping through hoops. Neo the border collie, however, can do both at once: On a slalom course in which each turn requires a jump through a suspended hoop, Neo ran a world-record time for the 10-hoop slalom, finishing in 8.58 seconds.

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Freddy - Tallest DogCourtesy Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records

World’s tallest dog

While it will probably shock no one that the world’s tallest dog was a Great Dane, it’s still amazing to learn that he was more than three-and-a-half-feet tall—44 total inches. That’s just his regular standing height; imagine if he stood on his hind legs! Check out the 11 superpowers dogs have that make them cooler than humans.

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Rin Tin TinKobal/REX/Shutterstock

The dog with the most votes for Best Actor

Rin Tin Tin is one of the most famous dogs in Hollywood history: He was rescued from a World War I battlefield and went on to star in dozens of films in the 1920s. As Hollywood legend has it, he earned the most votes for Best Actor in 1929. Perhaps because the Academy couldn’t hand the statue to a dog, they ended up giving the Oscar to Emil Jannings that year. Learn more about the bravest dogs in history.

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TwinkieCourtesy Doree Sitterly

The dog quickest to pop 100 balloons

This record must exist simply because it’s hilarious and adorable. The current record holder is Twinkie, a Jack Russell terrier, who managed to pop 100 balloons in 39.08 seconds. He’s following in his mother’s footsteps, by the way: She is a former balloon-popping record holder. Next, you won’t believe the 13 secrets your dog knows about you.

Taylor Markarian
Taylor is a regular contributor to covering culture, advice, travel, pets, and all things weird and haunted. She is the author of From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society, which analyzes the evolution of punk and mental health. She holds a B.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College.