Oh, those sloppy, comical dog tongues! The longer they are, the funnier and more slobbery they become. If you’ve got a fondness for wet puppy kisses and are amused by the laid-back, silly expressions of dogs with their tongues lolling out the sides of their mouths, read on to find out which dog breeds earn the totally distinguished honor of owning the longest tongues.
1. St. Bernard
The St. Bernard is often depicted toting a barrel under their collar as they rescue hikers and skiers from beneath an avalanche. After being trapping in snow and ice, a large, warm tongue to the side of your cheek may actually be welcome.
Of course, it makes sense that big dogs have long tongues. But don’t just take our word for it — it’s been made official! The current Guinness World Record holder for the longest dog tongue goes to a St. Bernard named Mochi. With the winning measurement coming in at 7.3 inches, Mochi, a rescue dog, lives with her proud owners in South Dakota.
However, it’s a Boxer that holds the distinction of the Guinness World Record for longest dog tongue ever. Until her death in 2002, Brandy the Boxer held the record for a whopping 17-inch tongue.
For those of you who prefer smaller dogs, you don’t have to give up much in relative tongue length with a Pekingese. It’s not uncommon for this dog breed with a tiny snout to sport a long tongue hanging out of their mouths.
Don’t count out a Rottweiler’s long tongue. It’s hard to miss one this good-natured dog breed!
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7. Labrador Retrievers
8. Golden Retriever
The Labrador’s long-haired cousin must also get a mention for an equally long and expressive tongue. When you’re going in for a hug of this cuddly dog breed, you might get a sneak attack dog kiss from that long tongue.
9. Siberian Husky
You don’t have to look hard to notice the Husky’s long tongue swaying in the breeze as they compete in their favorite event, dogsledding.
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Long Tongue Runner-Ups
While a St. Bernard, a Boxer, and a Pekingese may dominate the world record books, you never know which dog breed may rise — or rather, stretch — to the challenge of earning the longest dog tongue. In our humble opinion, two types of dog breeds have the edge for producing long dog tongues.
As stated previously, since they don’t have much mouth space, snubbed nose dog breeds have nowhere for their tongues to go but out. Beyond Boxers, Pit Bulls, Pekingese, and Pugs, you’ll potentially find long tongues on Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apso, Chow Chows, and Mastiffs.
Mastiffs have the advantage for a long tongue in a second category, large breed dogs. If you’re searching for a long tongue, you’ll surely increase your chances of finding it on a big dog, such as a Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Great Pyrenees, or Alaskan Malamute.
Dogs use their tongues to express emotions, bark, eat, drink, and pant for cooling. While long dog tongues may add to their appeal, a few dogs suffer from macroglossia, or an unusually large tongue. Noticeable as a puppy, this medical condition can be operable if it interferes with normal functioning. However, as it does for Mochi, it may bring fame and notoriety.
If you’re interested in licking the competition, so to speak, and finding the next Guinness World Record holder for the longest dog tongue or if you just like a good laugh and don’t mind cleaning up puddles of slobber, then we hope that you’ve found a long tongue candidate on our list!