The Canine Olympics - Amazing Doggie World Records!
As human competitors break records in Rio, we’ve compiled our own list of canine record breakers who all deserve a gold medal!
A popular sport amongst dogs, the current record for ‘Most times to catch a Frisbee over 10m by a dog in three minutes’ is held by Beibei. Beibei caught 18 frisbees on 7 September 2013 in Beijing, China.
Most Frisbees caught
Other notable Frisbee record holders include Davy Whippet, owned by Robert McLeod, Canada, who broke the record for ‘Longest flying disc throw caught by a dog’ on 14 October 2012. The disc was thrown 402ft
The record for the ‘Most frisbees caught and held in the mouth by a dog’ is held by Edward Watson’s dog Rose, from the USA, who caught and held seven discs, thrown one at a time, on 1 January 2010.
Fastest on two paws
Ding Ding owned by Fang Shuibing in Shanghai, currently holds the record for ‘Fastest time to complete 10m on hind legs by a dog’, which he completed in 4.99 seconds.
Arsenal, owned by XU Ligang, China, holds the record for ‘Fastest time to climb 20 stairs by a dog on hind legs’, which he completed in 7.47 seconds, more than halving the previous record.
The record for ‘Fastest 5 metres on front paws by a dog’ is held by Konjo, USA. The half Papillon, quarter Jack Russell and quarter Chihuahua mix broke the record in 2.39 seconds on 22 December 2014.
Some dogs have excellent sense of balance and Sweet Pea is one of them. The Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross, owned by Alex Rothacker, USA, holds the records for ‘Most steps walked down by a dog facing forwards balancing a glass of water, 10 steps, ‘Most steps walked up by a dog going backwards balancing a glass of water’, also 10 steps, and ‘Fastest 100m with a can balanced on head’, which he completed in 2 min 55 sec.A world record was set on 28 September 2014 in Hong Kong for ‘Most dogs balancing a treat on the nose’. The Link Management Ltd achieved the record with 109 dogs.
The record for ‘Fastest 10m travelled on a ball by a dog’ is held by Purin, Japan, who did it in 10.39 seconds on 27 March 2016.
Weaving poles is another popular athletic pastime amongst canines. The record for ‘Fastest time for a dog to weave 24 poles’ was set in 5.88 seconds by Alma, owned by Emilio Pedrazuela Colliga, in Spain.
The ‘Fastest time for a dog to weave 12 poles’ is 1.87 seconds, set by Champion Mach Blazer owned by Elaine Havens, USA, on 24 October 2005.
The record for the ‘Longest line of legs weaved through by a dog’ belongs to Tilly and her owner Jackie Adamson, Northumberland, UK, who successfully weaved through the legs of 217 participants on 25 May 2015.
Fastest balloon popping
Twinkie, owned by Doree Sitterly, is no ordinary Jack Russell. In March 2014 she broke the record in 39.08 seconds for ‘Fastest time to pop 100 balloons by a dog’. Balloon popping is in Twinkie’s blood as her mother Anastasia held the record previously.
Best human/dog paddle-board team
Bono the Surf Dog and owner Ivan Moreira broke the record for ‘Longest Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) ride on a river bore by a human/dog pair’ by reaching 1,690.5 meters on the Mearim River, Brazil, in March this year. Ivan said, "I dreamt about this since the first time Bono rode in a Stand Up Paddleboard. Now my dream has come true".
Fast agility team
The world’s fastest canine agility team is Eddy, Lynn, Lili and Spin, all from Germany. They hold the record for “Fastest 10-obstacle canine agility course (team of four dogs), which they completed in 57.26 seconds with hurdles 30cm high.
Otto the Skateboarding Bulldog holds the record for “Longest human tunnel traveled through by a dog skateboarder’ after skateboarding under 30 people on 8 November 2015. Otto’s owners Luciana Viale and Robert Rickards were inspired by videos of former record holder Tillman the bulldog.
The record for the fastest skateboarding dog, however, belongs to Jumpy the dog who achieved the record for ‘Fastest 100m on a skateboard by a dog’ in 19.65 seconds.
The ‘Fastest 30m on a bicycle by a dog’ is 55.41 seconds, held by Norman the Scooter Dog, owned by Karen Cobb, USA. Norman also hold the record for ‘Fastest 30m on a scooter by a dog’, which he achieved in 20.77 seconds.
Cinderella May a Holly Grey, owned by Kate Long and Kathleen Conroy, USA, would win high jumping gold after she cleared a jump of 172.7cm on 7 October 2006.
Long jump title goes to Taz, a black Labrador from Canada, and Cochita, a whippet from USA, who share the record for ‘Farthest jump by a dog (dock jumping)’ reaching 31 ft (9.44 m).