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First known named cat-
The first cat recorded having a name was called Nedjem, meaning star. It lived in the region of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III (1479-1425 BC).


Himmyweighed 21.3kg owned by Thomas Vyse of Queensland, Australia. He had a 38.1cm neck and a 84cm waist- similar to that of an adult human. In 1986, he died at the age of ten.


There are several contenders for this title. Most reliable is French-born Grandpa Rex's Allen, a Sphynx cat owned by Jake Perry of Austin, Texas (USA). In 1998 the cat died at the age of 34.

Largest litter-

In 1970, Valerie Gane of Kingham, Oxfordshire owned Tarawood Antigone, a female Burmese who gave birth to 19 kittens. Fifteen survived.


Tinker Toy, a male Blue Point Himalayanis 7 cm tall, 19cm long and weighs 625g owned by Katrina and Scott Forbes of Illinois, USA

Biggest breed-

Maine Coons are a North American breed of muscular, big boned cats. Males often reach 6-8kg in weight.

Best mouser-

Towser, a female tortoiseshell owned by Glenturret Distillery, Tayside, caught an estimated total of 28,899 mice during her time there. She died in 1987, aged 24.


Smallest dog-
In the 1940s a Yorkshire terrier owned by Arthur Marples of Blackburn was weighed 113g and just 6.3cm tall.

Greatest climber-

Tschingel, a female beagle, climbed more than 50 mountains in the Alps including the Eiger  (3,974m) and Jungrau (4,165m).

Longest jump-

Bang, a greyhound jumped 9.14m while chasing a hare at Brecon Lodge in Gloucestershire.

Largest dog-

In 1989 Aicama Zorba of La-Susa an Old English mastiff owned by Chris Eraclides of London, measured 2.5m from nose to tail and weighed 155.58kg 

Oldest dog-

In 1938, Bluey, an Australian cattle dog owned by Les Hall of Victoria, Australia died at the age of 29 years 5 months.

Largest litter-

Lena, an American foxhound produced 23 puppies in 1944, all of which survived. There are other dogs who have equalled this record but not all the pups have survived.

The fastest dogs-
Breed Maximum recorded
speed (km/h)
Greyhound         67.14
Saluki         64+
Lbizan hound         60.8-64
Whippet         54.42
Sloughi         57.6

Most intelligent dogs:
American psychology professor and pet trainer Stanley Coren ranked 133 breeds of dogs for intelligence. Stanley studied their responses to a range of IQ tests, as well as the opinions of judges in dog obedience tests. The five top breeds were the Border collie, Poodle, German shephard (Alastian), Golden retriever and Doberman pinscher.


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