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The greatest Great Dane and other pet records

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The Guinness World Record books are filled with jaw-dropping dogs and amazing moggies. Here’s a selection of some of the most impressive pet records out there.

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We all think our pets are amazing, but there’s no doubt that some are more extraordinary than others.

We look at some of the most impressive pet records out there.

Crazy canines

The mammoth Great Dane pictured above is none other than Giant George, officially the tallest dog ever.

At a huge one metre and nine centimetres from paw to shoulder, you’d probably want to shy away from any friendly rough and tumble with this pooch.

At the other end of the spectrum, the world’s smallest living dog – named Boo Boo – is just 10.16cm tall.

A canine with a somewhat unusual name – Cinderella May A Holly Grey – holds the record for highest ever jump by a dog, at 172.7cm. That’s more than one Tom Cruise.

But our personal favourite doggy record holder has to be Anastasia, the Jack Russell Terrier who holds the title for fastest time to pop 100 balloons by a dog.

The manic mutt managed the feat in just 44.49 seconds. You can watch Anastasia in some balloon-popping action in this video.

Table-topping tabbies

For those of you who are less partial to attention-hungry dogs, and prefer a feline companion, we have a few cat records that are sure to wet your whiskers.

Speaking of whiskers, the record holder for the longest ever single whisker is Missi, a Maine coon from Finland. It measured a massive 19cm in length.

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The smallest cat on record was the aptly named Tinker Toy that measured only seven centimetres tall. He was a male blue point Himalayan-Persian.

Smokey, from Northampton (pictured), holds the prestigious title of Loudest Purr by a Domestic Cat, with an ear-piercing 67.7 decibels.

The massive “mew” was achieved on 11 August with the aid of a grooming brush, pieces of ham and good old fashioned stroking by hand.

Finally, a tabby cat named Dusty holds the dubious honour of (ahem) ‘Most Prolific Cat’.

Dusty gave birth to 420 kittens during her breeding life between 1935 and 1952, when she gave birth to her last litter – a single kitten.

Make sure your champion pet is protected

Even though your furry member of the family may not be able to hold 5 tennis balls in its mouth or have a 40cm tail, it’s still important to make sure your puss or pooch is protected.

Kate Rose, head of pet insurance at Confused.com says: “Pet insurance can cost as little as £2.98* a month and gives you the peace of mind that if your pet requires any sort of treatment you won’t be left out of pocket or unable to pay the fees.”

Confused.com’s comparison service makes it easy to compare policies and find you the best deal going. Why not compare pet insurance policies now and see if you could save?

*Based on Accident Only cover for a cat, price correct as at 02/08/12.
All records and pictures courtesy of Guinness World Records.

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