Records for Dogs
The Guinness Book of World Records has records that are broken every year by some new endeavor or spectacular animal. Here is some information about dog records.
Different Guinness Records Set By Dogs
When we hear of the Guinness Book of World Records regarding dogs, such as Samson, a cross between two of the bigger breeds, the Great Dane and Newfoundland. He is 37in at the shoulder, stands 6ft 5in on his hind legs. However, many other dog-related records are broken in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mr. Jeffries (registered as Knightsfollie Ladiesman), a Bassett Hound from West Sussex, England was entered in the Guinness Book in 2004 as the dog with the largest ears in the world.
At 11.5 inches, his ears are so long that they flap in the wind on a breezy day and drag in his food. His owner, Phil Jeffries says his ears are so valuable that they are insured for $47,800. Mr. Jeffries is the grandson of Biggles, the dog that’s on the Hush Puppies shoes. Another interesting fact is that it was the grandfather that previously held the title for the longest ears.
Tallest Dog In the World
We can’t forget Gibson the seven foot tall Harlequin Great Dane that is 42.2 inches tall and 170 pounds. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest dog in the world. Gibson owned by Sandy Hall of California, beat out the previous winner, Harvey, who was 41.5 inches tall. Although both Gibson and Harvey have been Guinness Book of World Record winners for being the tallest dogs in the world in their time, they are not first to be the tallest to be recorded. That was also Shamgret Danzas, who was 42 inches tall and weighed 238 pounds. He was only a half-inch shorter than Gibson was, but he weighed almost 70 pounds more than Gibson did.
Another feat accomplished by large breed dogs is hunting and tracking. An amazing Doberman pinscher by the name of Sauer, tracked a thief 100 miles across the Great Karroo in South Africa by his scent alone in 1925. Sauer, who was trained by Detective-Sergeant Herbert Kruger, still holds the record for being the best tracking dog.
Although small dogs have done amazing things as well, it seems as though it’s the large breed dogs that accomplish all the amazing physical feats. Years ago in 1849, a Greyhound Dog by the name of Bang made a 30-foot jump in his pursuit of a hare in Glouchestershire, England. He made the jump over a 4 foot 6 inch gate. Unfortunately, for Bang, he injured his pastern bone in the process.
World’s Heaviest Dog
Kell, an English Mastiff from England, also set a record for the heaviest dog in the world with a weight of 286. His neck isn’t as big as Hercules, but he weighs a couple more pounds than Hercules. He set the world record in 1999. Moose is another dog that set the Guinness Book of World Records in 2001 as the heaviest dog in the world, but lost his title upon his death, so the title went back to Kell.
Worlds Biggest Dog
Zorba, also an English Mastiff, went down in history as the heaviest and tallest dog there ever was in 1989 with a weight of 343 and measured over 8 feet from nose to tail. No dog since then has taken this record away from him (there is a difference between “living” and “of all time” records). He was the worlds biggest dog. It was Zorba’s death, which caused the title to go to another dog. Zorba’s registered name was Aicama Zorba of La-Susa and was proudly owned by Chris Eraclides of London, England. He was, without a doubt, the biggest dog in the world.
Biggest Dogs on the Screen
Setting records in the Guinness Book of World Records is not the only accomplishments by large dog breeds. Many large breed dogs have made themselves famous on the television or movie screen and are known by generations. One of the most famous dogs of all times is Lassie. Lassie was a beautiful collie that starred in his own television show, movies and books through the years. All the Lassie dogs through the years were descendents of the original Lassie. Those lucky enough to have watched Lassie as a child are often still watching reruns of Lassie with their grandchildren, and still loving the excitement Lassie brought to the screen
The very first dog to ever become a movie star was Blair, a collie in the movie “Rescued by Rover” in 1905. Cecil Hepworth, an actor and movie director, owned Blair. In the movie, there was a kidnapping and the family dog, Rover (played by Blair) saved the day. It was after this movie, that the name Rover became very popular for family dogs.
Another very famous canine movie star was Rin Tin Tin. A beautiful German shepherd born in Germany, Rin Tin Tin was brought into the United States after an American pilot named Lee Duncan, who also became his trainer, rescued him from the trenches. Rin Tin Tin’s first movie “Where the North Begins” was in 1925 and after this, he made 25 more movies. He earned approximately 5 million dollars and signed his contracts with a paw print.
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