Animals

From the world's tallest dog to its most dangerous ant, you'll find the fastest, tallest, oldest, strangest and most awesome species from the animal kingdom right here. And if you want more, pick up our books - Amazing Animals and Wild Things - which celebrate the most incredible creatures on Earth. 

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Zeus is the tallest dog ever at 1.118 m (44 in) tall
Tallest dog ever
Merlin has the record for the loudest purr by a domestic cat
Loudest purr by a domestic cat
Big Jake the world's tallest horse
Big Jake, the world's tallest horse
Bertie, the fastest tortoise, can reach speeds of 0.28 metres per second
Fastest tortoise
Blossom is the tallest cow ever
Meet Blosom the tallest cow ever
Gibson the biggest dog in the world in 2007 met Boo Boo the smallest dog
Tallest and shortest dogs meet (former record holders)
Corduroy was the oldest cat living
Oldest cat living (former record holder)

Guinness World Records' animals books

From talented pets to extreme wildlife, animals are always among our most popular record-breakers. Guinness World Records has records for everything from the largest dinosaurs and nature’s fastest and deadliest beasts, to skateboarding dogs, furry felines, leaping llamas and phenomenal farm animals. Find out more about these incredible records and stories in two dedicated animal record books: Wild Things and Amazing Animals.

Wild Things Amazing Animals

Amazing animal records

Loudest purr by a domestic cat

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Loudest purr by a domestic cat

The loudest purr by a domestic cat is 67.8 db(A) and was achieved by Merlin, owned by Tracy Westwood…

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Largest egg from a bird (living, specimen)

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Largest egg from a bird (living, specimen)

The largest egg on record weighed 2.589 kg (5 lb 11.36 oz) and was laid by an ostrich (Struthio…

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Largest parade of alpacas

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Largest parade of alpacas

The largest parade of alpacas consisted of 460 alpacas, and was achieved by the Municipalidad…

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Most tricks performed by a cat in one minute

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Most tricks performed by a cat in one minute

The most tricks performed by a cat in one minute is 24, achieved by Didga and her owner Robert…

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Tallest horse living

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Tallest horse living

The tallest living horse is Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian Gelding horse, who measured 20 hands 2…

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Largest horn circumference - steer (ever)

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Largest horn circumference - steer (ever)

The largest horn circumference on a steer measured 95.25 cm (37.5 in) on 6 May 2003 and belong to…

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Most venomous lizard

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Most venomous lizard

Based upon current research results, the world's most venomous lizard is the Gila monster Heloderma…

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Tallest dog ever

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Tallest dog ever

The Tallest dog ever is Zeus (USA), a Great Dane who measured 1.118 m (44 in) tall on 4 October 2011…

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Longest Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) ride on a river bore by a human/dog pair

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Longest Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) ride on a river bore by a human/dog pair

The longest Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) ride on a river bore is 1,690.5 metres (1,05 miles) and was…

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Most rings placed on a target by a parrot in one minute

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Most rings placed on a target by a parrot in one minute

The most rings placed on a target by a parrot in one minute is 19 and was achieved by Skipper Blue…

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Shortest donkey

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Shortest donkey

The shortest donkey in terms of height is KneeHi (born 2 October 2007), a brown jack who measured 64…

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Largest sea turtle (ever)

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Largest sea turtle (ever)

The largest species of sea turtle ever known to have existed was Archelon ischyros , which lived…

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Commonest penguin

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Commonest penguin

The world's most abundant penguin species is the macaroni penguin ( Eudyptes chrysolophus ) a…

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Largest living penguin species

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Largest living penguin species

The world's largest living species of penguin is the emperor penguin ( Aptenodytes forsteri ),…

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Highest-ranking sheep

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Highest-ranking sheep

The highest ranking sheep is Lance Corporal Derby XXX (UK), who was promoted to Lance Corporal, at…

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Oldest pig (ever)

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Oldest pig (ever)

The oldest pig ever is Ernestine (b. 17 July 1991), aged 22 years 359 days as of 11 July 2014.…

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Oldest llama in captivity (living)

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Oldest llama in captivity (living)

The oldest llama in captivity (living) is Julio Gallo, aged 25 years 207 days, as of 8 August 2017.…

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Tallest donkey

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Tallest donkey

The tallest donkey living is Romulus, a 9-year-old American Mammoth Jackstock, who measured 17 hands…

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Largest owl

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Largest owl

The European race of the eagle owl (Bubo bubo) is the world's largest owl with an average length of…

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Largest mammal to build a nest

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Largest mammal to build a nest

The largest mammal to construct a nest is the gorilla ( Gorilla gorilla ) of Africa, where adult…

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