By Suzanne Alicie
Do you believe your pet has what it takes to break a world record? Oh sure, we all think our pets are award winners, because we love them. But people and their pets have set world records for many years, and these records aren’t easily broken. Take a gander at these incredible animals and how they found their way into the books.
Got a big dog or cat on your hands? To break the record, your dog needs to outsize Hercules, a friendly English Mastiff, weighing in at 282 pounds. A gentle dog with a 38-inch neck, Hercules barreled into the record books after the passing of yet another English Mastiff who weighed 296 pounds. The distinction for the tallest dog goes to Giant George, a blue Great Dane standing at 43 inches.
There have been some pretty big kitties too! The longest cat award is currently held by Stewie of Nevada, a 48.5 inch long Maine Coon. The largest cat on record weighed in at over 46 pounds: dearly departed Himmey, with a 15 inch neck, a 33 inch waist, and 38 inches from nose to tail.
If you have a tiny pet, they have big shoes to fill to break a world record too. Lengthwise, the tiniest dog on record is a Chihuahua named Heaven Sent Brandy who measures a staggering 6 inches from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail tip. The lightest dog record is yet another Chihuahua named Ducky, weighing in at 1.4 pounds.
By Julia Williams
Many of you had a lot of fun with the Kitty Cat Trivia Quiz I posted a few weeks ago, so now it’s time for Dog Trivia! I’m making this quiz a wee bit harder, because I know how many devoted dog lovers there are out there, and I think most of you know a lot about dogs. We’ll see!
1. Which dog breed is sometimes referred to as “the Little Lion,” and why?
C. Chow Chow
2. What does the phrase “three dog night” refer to?
A. Dogs fighting
B. A pack of wild dogs roaming at night
C. A Jazz Band from the 1920s
D. The temperature
3. What did psychologist Sigmund Freud’s dog supposedly do?
A. Barked at anyone Freud didn’t like
B. Saved Freud’s life by alerting him to an intruder
C. Attended all of Freud’s therapy sessions
D. Nothing – Freud hated dogs and did not own any
By Julia Williams
Great Danes are often called “gentle giants” for a very obvious reason – they are one of the largest dog breeds in the world. Great Danes are so big that they are shoo-ins for the Guinness Book of World Records in the Tallest Dog category. In fact, most of the title holders in that category are Great Danes, including Titan, Gibson and Harvey. Giant George, a gargantuan blue Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona, is the current “King of Dogs” with not one but TWO Guinness titles: Tallest Dog Ever and Tallest Dog Living.
Just How Big Is the World’s Biggest Dog?
Giant George is so impossibly tall that when people see his picture they cry “photoshopped fraud.” Snopes, the website famous for debunking internet untruths, said that Giant George “looks more like a miniature horse than a dog.” Indeed he does. But Snopes also said he’s a real dog, and Guinness reps confirmed it. They measured the super-sized Great Dane themselves, and said he stands 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder and is 7 feet 3 inches from nose to tail. The 5-year-old dog weighs 245 pounds (which is, incidentally, about 100 pounds heavier than the average Great Dane).