From the fastest skateboarding dog to the world's loudest purring cat—the Guinness Book of World Records is a treasure trove of jaw-dropping animal facts and feats.
Check out these record-breaking cats and dogs, and see how your own furballs compare!
Fastest Skateboarding Dog
A dog that can skateboard is impressive enough, but Jumpy the dog took his skills to the umpteenth level by skating 100 meters in 19.65 seconds on September 16, 2013. Needless to say, Jumpy now holds the title for the world's fastest skateboarding pooch, narrowly beating the previous record of 19.678 held by Tillman the English Bulldog. See video of Jumpy in action.
Longest Jump by a Cat
On October 27, 2013, Alley the cat jumped a distance of 6 whole feet, CATapulting herself into the Guinness Book of World Records! This amazing feline is a rescue cat owned by Samantha Martin of Austin, Texas. Watch this video to see Alley getting airborne.
Tallest Dog Ever
The coveted title of Tallest Dog Ever was held by a Great Dane (no surprise there!) fittingly-named Zeus who cut an imposing figure at 44 inches tall. That's nearly 3 feet 7 inches of dog! Check out this picture of Zeus having a drink from the kitchen sink (without needing a boost!) here. Sadly, Zeus (a.k.a. the Gentle Giant) passed away in 2014.
Tiniest Living Dogs (Length & Height)
Like the tallest dog, the breed of the current world's tiniest living dogs should also come as no surprise. As of 2015, the title holder for smallest dog (in length) is a chihuahua named Heaven Sent Brandy who measures in at only 6 inches long from the tip of her nose to her tail! For scale, check out this photo of Brandy standing next to a Coke can. She resides with her human Paulette Keller in Largo, Florida. The title of the shortest dog (in height) goes to Miracle Milly (owned by Vanesa Semler of San Juan, Puerto Rico) who stands only 3.8 inches tall. To give you a sense of just how tiny she is, an iPhone 5S at 4.9 inches is about one inch taller than Milly.
Loudest Purring Cat
Is your cat's purring keeping you up at night? Chances are, his purrs don't compare to Merlin's, a rescue cat owned by Tracy Westwood of Torquay, UK. The sounds of Merlin's inner "motor" registered at 67.8 decibels—that's roughly as loud as an air conditioner and nearly the volume of a shower and dishwasher! Don't believe us? Listen for yourself.
Longest Tongue on a Dog (Living)
No one can outlick Puggy, a male Pekingese owned by Becky Stanford of Texas, whose tongue measures all of 4.5 inches! The record-breaking measurement was taken on 8 May 2009, when Puggy was 9 years old. To truly appreciate the length of Puggy's pink appendage, you'll have to watch this video.
Most Frisbees Caught and then Simultaneously Held in Mouth by a Dog
Now this is impressive. Rose, a border collie/lab mix owned by Edward Watson, can catch seven flying discs, thrown one at a time, and then keep them all in her mouth at the same time without dropping a single one!
The longest known domestic cat was a Maine Coone by the name of Mymains Stewart Gilligan, or Stewie for short. When stretched, Stewie's body spanned an impressive 48.5 inches (about 4 feet) in length. (To fully appreciate Stewie's size, check out this video. ) Stewie was more than a world record holder—he was also a certified therapy cat who brought comfort to both children and adults in need of it. Sadly, Stewie passed away from cancer in 2013 and is survived by his owners Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness of Nevada.
Oldest Dog Ever
The title of Oldest Dog Ever goes to a hardworking Australian cattle dog named Bluey who entered the world on June 7, 1910, and lived for a total of 29 years, five months, and seven days before departing for that wide open prairie in the sky. Bluey's lifespan of nearly 30 years can be likened to 129 human years.
Oldest Cat Ever
The title of Oldest Cat Ever belongs to Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967 and passed away August 6, 2005. That's an impressive 38 years and 3 days in total—nine years longer than Bluey, the oldest living dog.