Every dog is special, but some of them have really made their bark by achieving the impaw-ssible.
Puns aside, earlier this week, an English Setter was awarded the Guinness Word Record for having the longest dog tongue – measuring 3.74 inches (9.49 cm).
But he’s not the only canine who has scored a coveted place in the record books, as, in 2011, a 7-foot-4 (2.23 m) Great Dane called Zeus was named the tallest dog ever.
Other featured pups have special talents, and are able to surf longer, scooter faster and jump higher than all the rest.
MailOnline takes a look at some of the records that have been set by our furry friends which will make you go bow-wow.
Earlier this week, an English Setter was awarded the Guinness Word Record for having the longest animal tongue – measuring 3.74 inches (9.49 cm)
1. World’s longest dogtongue
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One of the newest entries into the Guinness Book of Records could give you a slobbery doggy kiss from nearly a third of a foot away.
Three-year-old Bisbee from Tucson, Arizona became the world record holder for having the longest canine tongue just this week.
Measuring 3.74 inches (9.49 cm), Bisbee’s tongue is longer than an ice lolly and droops out of his mouth like a flap of ham when he’s panting.
He picked up the title from previous record-holder Mochi, a St. Bernard from Sioux Falls in South Dakota, who had a 7.3-inch-long tongue.
Dog tongues serve as essential heat regulators, and the longer it is, the more surface area there is available for moisture to evaporate from and cool the pooch down.
2. Tallest ever dog
In 2011, a Great Dane by the name of Zeus stomped his way to claim the title of ‘tallest ever dog’.
The gargantuan hound stood 44 inches (1.1 m) at the shoulder, and 7 feet and 4 inches (2.23 m) when he was standing on his hind legs.
He broke the previous record held by another Great Dane named Giant George, by one inch.
Owner Denise Doorlag, who lived in Otsego, Michigan, USA, said Zeus was so huge, small children thought that he was a horse.
‘We [would] frequently get: ‘Hey do you have a saddle for that horse?’ or ‘Is that a dog or is that a pony?’ some people are just floored. It was very amusing.’
The massive pooch weighed 155lb (70 kg) and chewed through 30lb (14 kg) of dog food every day.
Sadly, Zeus passed away in 2014 just after his sixth birthday, but his name is still in the Guinness Book of World Records, as no dog has bested him vertically.
Zeus, the tallest dog ever, pictured with owner Denise Doorlag. He ate 30lb of food every day
However, last year, another Dane was given the record for the world’s tallest living male dog, and he was also named Zeus.
He measures a whopping 3 feet and 5.18 inches (1.05 m), and lives in Bedford, Texas, USA with his owner Brittany Davis.
She says it’s expensive feeding such a large dog, with Zeus consuming twelve cups of ‘Gentle Giants’ large breed dog food in the morning and another six in the afternoon to help fuel his ‘zoomies’.
‘When he gets the zoomies, he runs around for 30 seconds and jumps up on his chair once he gets tired,’ Brittany said.
She added that he occasionally has a fried egg, bully sticks, or his all-time favourite treat: ice cubes.
Brittany said owning Zeus is like having ‘another person’ living in their household.
Last year, Great Dane Zeus (pictured), who lives in Bedford, Texas, USA with his owner Brittany Davis. was crowned the world’s tallest living male dog by Guinness World Records
Britany (pictured left) said it’s expensive feeding such a large dog, with Zeus consuming 12 cups of ‘Gentle Giants’ large breed dog food in the morning and another six in the afternoon
3. Longest tail on a dog
When Irish wolfhound Keon, five, wags his tail you’d better watch out – because it’s 30.2 inches (76.7 cm) long.
The pooch, who lived with owner Ilse Loodts in Westerlo, Belgium, achieved the Guinness World Record for ‘longest tail on a dog’ in 2015.
Ilse applied for the record when her sons realised Keon’s tail surpassed that of the previous record holder, another wolfhound, by 1.7 inches (4.3 cm).
A vet was required to take the measurement, which had to be from the top of the tail bone to the tip, and did not include his fur.
Keon who lives with owner Ilse Loodts, 46, in Westerlo, Belgium, achieved the Guinness World Record for ‘longest tail on a dog’ in 2015
4. Highest jump by a dog
Feather, a rescue greyhound from Maryland, USA, scooped up the Guinness World Record for ‘highest jump by a dog’ in 2018.
She cleared a hurdle that was 6 feet 3 inches (191.7 cm) tall – just a few centimetres short of the British women’s high jump record set by Morgan Lake earlier this month.
Samantha Valle, 31, Feather’s owner, said her talents became apparent when she saw her jump so high she hit their basement ceiling.
She then began to train her bouncing pup to jump over hurdles an soon she was hopping over 150cm ‘effortlessly’.
Feather, a rescue greyhound from Maryland, USA, scooped up the Guinness World Record for ‘highest jump by a dog’ in 2018
5. Most tennis balls held in the mouth
No one could question the importance of the world record for ‘most tennis balls held in the mouth’, let alone this pup.
Augie, a golden retriever from Dallas, Texas, USA, managed to squeeze five regulation-sized tennis balls in her chops in 2003, earning her the record.
However, in 2020, another golden retriever, named Finley, was videoed holding six in his mouth at his home in Canandaigua, New York, USA.
His family say that he is able to pick up and hold all the balls in his mouth by himself, and told the Democrat & Chronicle that he manages the first four with ease.
Unfortunately, strict rules means he hasn’t yet met the requirements to have his achievement formally recognised by Guinness officiants.
Augie, a golden retriever from Dallas, Texas, USA, managed to squeeze five regulation-sized tennis balls in her chops in 2003, earning her the record of most tennis balls held in the mouth
But Finley, the six-year-old golden retriever from Canandaigua, New York, USA, can pick up six tennis balls with his mouth all by himself
6. Longest ears on a dog (ever)
In 2004, a bloodhound called Tigger was formally recognised as having the longest ears on a dog ever recorded.
They measured 13.75 inches (34.9 cm) and 13.5 inches (34.2 cm) for the right and left ears respectively.
Tigger sadly passed away in 2009, and while his record still stands, the longest lugholes on a living pooch is currently held by a Coonhound named Lou.
In 2004, a bloodhound called Tigger (pictured) was formally recognised as having the longest ears on a dog ever recorded. They measured 13.75 inches (34.9 cm) and 13.5 inches (34.2 cm) for the right and left ears respectively
Each of Lou’s ears measures 13.38 inches (34 cm), and she was awarded her record in 2021.
Her owner Paige Olsen, 29, a veterinary technician, had always joked that her 80lb dog’s ears were ‘extravagantly long’.
However it was only while staying at home during the pandemic that she decided to measure them.
She said: ‘Lou might think she’s special – but I think she’s thought that from the beginning. I think she’s always known she’s a little bit better than the rest of us.
‘Now people can’t wait to get her paw-digraph! I’m very proud of the furry little munchkin for being so special.’
Lou the black and tan coonhound, from Portland, Oregon, is the new holder of the record for ‘longest ears on a dog (living)’. Each measures 13.38 inches
7. Fastest 30 metres on a scooter by a dog
Another talented pooch is Norman, who holds the record for the shortest time covering 98 feet (30 m) on a scooter.
The French Sheepdog from Canton, Georgia, USA rode the distance in 20.75 seconds, officially becoming the fastest pooch on four wheels back in 2013.
Norman jumped up on to the scooter after he was prompted by a command from owner Karen Cobb, and resting his front paws on the handle bar.
He then used his hind paws to roll himself across the gym at break neck speed.
The canine appeared so confident in his skills that he finished off his record setting run by placing both hind legs on the scooter and coasting over the finish line.
Norman was also able to pedal a bicycle with training wheels and ride a skateboard.
His owner sadly announced he had passed away last year.
Another talented pooch is Norman (pictured), who holds the record for the shortest time covering 98 feet (30 m) on a scooter
The French Sheepdog from Canton, Georgia, USA rode the distance in 20.75 seconds, officially becoming the fastest pooch on four wheels back in 2013
Norman was also able to pedal a bicycle with training wheels and ride a skateboard
8. Most skips by a dog and person in one minute – single rope
In 2017, an animal trainer and her Jack Russell broke the world record for most skips done by a human and a dog in one minute, with 59 skips.
Rachel Grylls and Jessica, who was eight years old at the time, had been training together since the dog was just a puppy, and did so for 15 minutes a day.
Rachel told MailOnline: ‘I had her when she was eight weeks old and I started to train her when she was one year old.
‘She has springs on her feet and when I’m skipping, she jumps up to my waist.
‘She’s a clever little dog. She also does barrel rolls and can push a shopping trolley.’
In 2017, animal trainer Rachel Grylls and her Jack Russell Jessica broke the world record for most skips done by a human and a dog in one minute, with 59 skips
9. Longest wave surfed by a dog
The longest wave ever surfed by a dog went on for 351.7 feet (107.2 m) at Ocean Beach Dog Beach in San Diego, California, USA in October 2011.
Riding the wave was Abbie Girl, a rescued Australian kelpie who had been going to beach ever since she was adopted by Michael Uy.
He would take her there to build up her confidence around other dogs, but Michael found she would follow him into the ocean and even hop on his board.
It wasn’t long before Abbie Girl was entering surfing dog competitions, and was also a part of the world record for most dogs on a surfboard.
Abbie Girl (pictured) holds the record for the longest wave ever surfed by a dog
Her wave went on for 351.7 feet (107.2 m) at Ocean Beach Dog Beach in San Diego, California, USA in October 2011
Abbie Girl was a rescued Australian kelpie who had been going to beach ever since she was adopted by Michael Uy. Pictured: Michael holds Abbie Girl
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The Belgian malinois has been found to be the most intelligent dog in a study of 13 different breeds.
Scientists assessed 1,000 dogs by setting them seven cognitive and three behavioural tasks.
These included their ability to read human gestures and if the animals could detour around a transparent V-shaped fence to access a food reward which they could see.
The researchers also investigated how independent a dog was and how quickly they came to a human for help by giving them an unsolvable task – trying to access food in a sealed box.
While the malinois came first with came first with 35 points out of 39, Border collies came second with 26 points.
The hovawart – a German breed – was third with 25 points.
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