Olympic Dogs: Record Breaking DogsPublished May 18, 2012
Have you ever thought what it’d be like if dogs were to compete in the Olympics? Sure there are doggie Olympics sports held at various venues around the country, but the ultimate competition is there to shine light on some of the best athletes in the world. Below is a list of high achieving dogs who broke world records. Find out which Olympic sport they might excel at and cheer them on as they lead the way for other dogs vying for the spotlight, or the dog at your feet content with its round belly and the TV to catch the real action at the summer London Olympics.
1) Giant George- The World’s Tallest Dog
Standing 45 inches tall and weighing a staggering 245lbs, this blue Great Dane has earned The Guinness Book of World records for being the biggest and tallest dog in the world. At six years old, the gentle giant looks more like a horse than a dog. Now, if he were to hit the volleyball court, he sure has a giant leg up in the game. But George is busy appearing on TV shows and helping his owner Dave Nasser authoring books about him. Find his latest book, Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog in a store near you.
2) Cinderella May- The Highest Jumper
No glass slippers for this Greyhound princess who scored the highest jump at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals in 2006 by clearing a 68inch hurdle. Cindy as her owners lovingly call her is also a R.E.A.D. Certified therapy dog. If this dog could play basketball, there’s no doubt she would be dunking left and right.
3) Sweet Pea- The Balancer
Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix Sweet Pea holds the Guinness World Record for most steps walked down by a dog facing forward while balancing a 5-ounce glass of water- 10 steps. She also managed to win the fastest 100 meters walked by a dog with a can balanced on her head (2 minutes and 55 seconds). We think Sweet Pea would give tough competition in the artistic gymnastics with her keen balancing skills.
4) Vhoebe- The Dock Diver
Have you seen a flying dog? Well, Belgian Malinois Vhoebe broke records with a 31 feet 8 inches dive in the Diving Dog competition in 2011 in San Diego. With that kind of acrobatic excellence, it’d be a piece of cake for Vhoebe to take on the athletes in the diving competitions.
5) Umbra- The Long Distance Swimmer
Dogs love to swim, and Umbra a lab mix was a pro at it. She logged over 600 miles alongside her owner Ted Erikson. She even paddled her way to a record breaking four miles in 73 minutes, which is in the top 25% in human long-distance swimming competitions.
6) Mach Blazer- The Fastest Dog
Champion Mach Blazer set the record for the fastest time for a dog to weave between 12 poles. He did it in 1.87 seconds on the set of Animal Planet’s Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals in Los Angeles in 2005. If Mach Blazer had opposable thumbs and could hold a hockey stick, the hockey players might have a serious contender.
7) Zorba- The Heaviest Dog
Weightlifting would be a walk in the park for English Mastiff Zorba who was the world’s heaviest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds. He measured from nose to tip of tail at 8 feet and 3 inches and 37 inches at the shoulder. Despite his massive figure, Zorba was a good natured and calm dog.
To enter your dog in the doggie version of Olympics near you for fun competitions like “Splash Dogs,” “Doggie Dash,” “Frisbee Throw,” “Dunking for (Hot) Dogs”, click on the links below:
Doggie Olympic Games, Long Beach WA June 15 and 16, 2012
Rino River Festival Splash Dogs Dog Diving, Reno, NV June 15, 2012
Dog Agility Competition of Florida, Kissimmee, FL June 29 and 30, 2012
Doggone Dirty Dock Jumping, Hollister, CA July 7 and 8, 2012
Wisconsin State Fair Dog Diving, Milwaukee, WI August 6 to 8, 2012
Larimer Animal People Partnership Doggie Olympics, Fort Collins, CO September 23, 2012
Catch the Summer Olympics from July 27th to August 12th on NBC.