From the biggest to the smallest, the most expensive to the most bizarre, dogs are amazing. The list of record breaking dogs is inexhaustible but here are a selection of some of the best records out there.
The most expensive dog ever bought was a Tibetan mastiff which was bought by a Chinese woman for a record breaking £352,000. The new owner sent a cavalcade of 30 limousines to collect her new pet.
The smallest dogs in the world are both Chihuahuas. Boo boo the long haired toy Chihuahua, measured just 10.16cm tall and when she was a puppy had to be fed with an eye dropper. The smallest dog in terms of length is another female Chihuahua with the impressive name of ‘Heaven Sent Brandy’, who measured just 15.2 cm (6 in) from the nose to the tip of the tail.
There are three records for the biggest dogs. The tallest dog ever living is a Great Dane named ‘Giant George’ from Arizona who measures 109cm (43 in) tall at his shoulder. George gets through nearly 50kg of dog food every month and sleeps in his own queen size double bed instead of a dog bed. Standing on his back legs however he would be dwarfed by an Irish wolfhound called Farrell who measures 237 cm from nose to tail tip, officially the longest dog in the world. The heaviest dog is an English Mastiff called Hercules that weighs 128 kg with a 38 inch neck. This pales in comparison to the largest wild dog of all time that was the Hayden’s bone-crushing dog (Epicyon haydeni). Estimated to weigh up to 170 kg (224.2 lb), it existed around 10 million years ago in North America.
Giant Dog Food
The largest dog biscuit was made as a marketing stunt for Warner Bros Entertainment UK in conjunction with the Canine Cookie Company in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, UK. It weighed in at 105 kg (231 lb 7 oz). I should imagine that the dog that ate that wouldn’t need a can of dog food afterwards!
Oldest dog: The oldest recorded dog was an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey, owned by Les Hall of Rochester, Victoria, Australia. Bluey was obtained as a puppy in 1910 and worked among cattle and sheep for nearly 20 years before being put to sleep on 14 November 1939 making him 29 years and 5 months at his death. The oldest dog still alive is ‘Pusuke’ a cross breed from Japan who was born in April 1985.
Most puppies: The owner of Tia a bull mastiff had a surprise when they took her to the vets as her pregnancy was making her unable to walk. The vet informed them that she needed an emergency caesarean section, and two hours later 24 puppies were born- 14 more than expected! 4 didn’t survive but the remaining 20 did and were sold for around £1000 each
Largest dog wedding: The most bizarre dog record surely has to go to the largest ever dog wedding that was attended by 178 dog pairs getting hitched. Instead of “I do”, the dogs sealed their union with a bark on the notes of the wedding march at the “Bow Wow Vows event” in Littleton, United States, on 19 May 2007.
So next time you look at your beloved pet laying sleeping in their dog bed, consider just how amazing this species really is.
Nicolette Craig is a writer for Swell Pets, the UK’s Leading Online Pet Superstore. Visit Swell Pets to see their range of pet supplies and dog food.
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