Minimums for new record titles

In order to be valid, a new record title must adhere to our criteria and follow one of our formats. Also, every new title has a specific minimum – a benchmark you will have to achieve in order to set the first record. Minimum requirements vary depending on the record format and the specific activity involved in the record. For every new record title, Guinness World Records carries out special research to establish an appropriate minimum, looking at similar records, previous applications of a similar nature and other non-verified record attempts. Once you receive your minimum requirement this cannot be changed, the new record is not set unless the minimum is achieved.

Examples of minimum requirements for new titles (these are indicative only as applications are assessed on a one by one basis):

  • Mass participation records: at least 250 participants*
  • Large objects: at least 10 times bigger than the original
  • Oldest animals: varies depending on the species, for example
    • Oldest dog – 21 years
    • Oldest cat – 24 years
    • Oldest bearded dragon – 14 years 232 days
    • Oldest horse – 48 years
    • Oldest Mule – 40 years
    • Oldest Cow – 30 years
  • Longest time performing one activity: minimum 24 hours (endurance), minimum 4 hours (strength)**
  • Largest collection: 1,000 items
  • Longest chains or lines of: 1,000 m (3,280 ft) based on the relative size or scarcity of the items
  • Longest career: 40 years
  • Large food items: 200 kg for solid food and 500 kg for soups and stews
  • Largest drinks: 500 litres

*some popular activities may start at a much higher number

**addition of weighted packs or a variation of an exercise may result in an increased/decreased minimum