What world records are held by dogs? There are some pretty interesting ones actually! There are lots of blog posts like this one and this one on the world records held by dogs. So, we thought we’d take a bit of a different approach. Since dog sports are so interesting to us, we wanted to find out what sporty world records dogs hold. From highest jump by a dog, to longest wave surfed by a dog, there are so many interesting sports-oriented world records held by dogs. You don’t want to miss this one. Read on!
First, a little about the history of Guinness World Records. In the early 1950’s, Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of the Guinness brewery had an argument with someone over which bird is the fastest game bird in Europe. They couldn’t find the answer in any book. That same managing director then had the idea of creating a book of world records as part of a promotion for the brewery. The idea was that the book would settle pub arguments. In 1955, The Guinness Book of Records was created. In 1999, it was renamed the Guinness World Records. It is published annually and documents records held by both people and animals. An interesting timeline of the history of the book can be found here.
Dogs hold a lot of world records. On the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records in 2015, a video about dog records was released. It includes a fascinating look at the tallest dog in the world. In 2020, the Guinness World Records released this video showcasing some of the most interesting records held by pets, not just dogs. It is definitely worth a look!
Here are our picks for the most interesting sport-related world records held by a dog. If you read our blog, you know we love dog surfing. So, it’s no surprise that our number one pick is: “The Longest Wave Surfed by a Dog in open water”. This record is held by Abbie Girl who surfed a wave of 107.2 meters in California, USA. Abbie Girl is an Australian Kelpie and a rescue dog. Her owner put her on a surfboard one day just to rest while they were out in the water. She stood up on the board by herself and managed to maintain her balance. Then she tried a wave and managed to stay up all the way to shore. It’s been dog surfing stardom ever since. Now that’s natural talent! Check out this video to see the champ in action:
Our second pick for most interesting sports world record held by a dog is: “Fastest 10 hoop Slalom by a Dog”. This record is held by a dog named Neo who did it in 8.58 seconds. You can watch him do it here. Neo is a special dog. He is a collie and has been named the “Parkour Collie” because he can also wall run. You can learn more about Dog Parkour here and Neo's wall running here. Neo is also featured in the new Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals book, which you can find here.
Our third pick is: “The Most Double-Dutch Style Skips by a Dog in One Minute”. This honor is held by a dog named Geronimo, who did 128 skips in one minute. Geronimo’s skill is truly amazing. You can see her in action here. Geronimo is a cattle dog mix and a rescue dog from Missouri. Her owner travels around the US with her dogs performing a canine comedy show. Geronimo was initially trained to do the trick in the shows.
Our fourth picks is: “Highest Jump by a Dog”. This record is held by Feather from Maryland, USA. Feather managed to jump 75.5 inches. That’s skill! Feather and Geronimo are owned by the same person, whose love for dogs is obvious in this video. Interestingly, both Geronimo and Feather are rescue dogs.
Our fifth pick is: “Fastest Time to Pop 100 Balloons by a Dog”. This record is held by Toby from Alberta Canada, who managed to do it in 28.22 seconds. What!? You can watch Toby in action here. As you’ll see, Toby is skilled and does his trick with speed and strategy!
Our sixth pick is: “Most balls caught by a dog with its paws in one minute”. This record is held by Purin and her owner from Japan. She managed to catch 14 balls with her front paws in one minute. Purin is absolutely adorable. You can watch Purin in action here. Purin is a well-loved and cared for dog.
Our seventh pick is: “Fastest time for a dog to retrieve a person from the water over 25 meters”. This achievement is held by Jack and his owner from Germany. He managed to do it in 1 minute and 36.8 seconds.
Our eights pick is: “Most flying discs (frisbees) caught and held in the mouth by a dog”. This record is held by Rose from the USA. She managed to catch 7 discs, all thrown at the same time, and held them all in her mouth! Rose – you are a goddess, err…doggess?! Anyway, you rule.
Our ninth pick is: “Most skips by a dog and a person in one minute – single rope”. This record is held by Jessica and her owner in the U.K. who achieved 59 skips together in that minute! Now, that’s synchronicity. Jessica is a Jack Russell Terrier and has been training since she was a puppy.
We don’t know about you but after reading all these great stories, we are definitely motivated to teach our pup a trick or two. Her best trick right now is rolling over for belly scratches. Fingers crossed we can move onto something a little more noteworthy. What is most heart-warming about many of these stories is that quite a few of these dogs are rescue dogs and were trained as adults. Just goes to show that dogs can learn new tricks and rescue dogs have skills too!