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Top 10 record-breaking dogs

Virginia Chavez is a Phoenix-based freelance writer covering pets and lifestyle in the Southwest. In addition to regular contributions both online and in-print, Virginia locally owns and operates two pet care and supply businesses. For t...

Top dogs

Think your dog is the very best? That might be true, but these canines have the medals to prove it. These top 10 Guinness World Record-holders possess incredible and often odd talents. Some can thank Mother Nature for their God-given abilities while others simply honed-in on their unusual skills. Either way, our list of top dogs truly gives us some to look up to (and some, down to).
Hero dog

Nature at its best

Tallest dog

It's a horse, it's a moose... it's Giant George. This record-breaking Great Dane holds the title of the worlds' tallest dog ever. Measuring 43 inches tall and weighing in at 245 pounds, the gentle giant spends his days with ordinary tasks like enjoying a home-cooked meal, playing at the park and sleeping on his very own queen-size bed.

Longest tongue

Keep your tongue-snatching cats far away from this one. Puggy the Pekingese and his 4.5 inch tongue holds the world record for the longest tongue on a dog. He may be a celebrity now, but the Guinness record-holder was once a lonely mange-ridden stray. Today, this Texas native has a forever home and is living proof that dreams do come true.

Smallest dog

Standing short at a mere 4 inches tall, long-haired Chihuahua Boo Boo proves that the best things come in small packages. As the smallest dog in the world, Boo Boo was only the size of a thumb at birth.

Longest ears

Tigger, the bloodhound, likes to play it by ear. Holding the record for the longest ears on a dog, measured at 13.75 inches and 13.5 inches for the right and left ears, respectively. Sadly, our long-eared friend passed away, but his legacy lives on as an honored inductee into the Bloodhound "Hall of Fame."

Oldest dog

You're my boy blue-y! The Australian cattle dog Bluey was born on June 7, 1910, and lived for 29 years, five months and seven days, approximately 129 dog years. His long and prosperous life as a working dog included herding cattle and sheep.

Nothing but skills

Balancing act

Sweet Pea was born to walk the line — with a can on her head. The Australian shepherd/border collie mix embraces her aboriginal tendencies by earning the record as the fastest canine to walk 100 meters with a can balanced on a head (2 minutes, 55 seconds). She also excels at walking down the steps while balancing a 5-ounce glass of water (walking a record-breaking 10 steps).

Pop a wheelie

Tillman may be a British bulldog but he speaks X Games with a native tongue. As the record-holder for covering a 100 meter stretch of level car park in a time of 19.678 seconds during X Games XV in Los Angeles, this top dog lives life in the fast lane.

High jumper

Fit to be an Olympic all-star, Cinderella May holds the world record for the highest jump cleared by a dog. The Holly Grey cleared a 68-inch jump at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals in 2006. A champion with a heart, Cindy is also a certified therapy dog.

A mouthful

Augie, the golden retriever, has a passion for balls. So much so that he can comfortably gather and hold five of them in his mouth at a time. We're talking regulation-sized tennis balls, of course.

Burst your bubble

This balloon-popping junkie set the record by popping 100 balloons in 44.49 seconds. Anastasia, the Jack Russell terrier, earned the world record, but her true accomplishment was a TV spot on Live with Regis and Kelly in 2008.

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