This is one world record that may never be broken, and the dog who holds it is seriously impressive.
How long is it? It measures 7.3 inches from snout to tip.
The size of a dog's tongue will depend on the breed, but somewhere between two and four inches is usually the average. The previous owner of Mochi's new title is a Pekingese whose tongue measured 4.5 inches long. The happy-go-lucky dog beat the previous record by almost three inches.
World's Longest Dog Tongue
Mochi's owner, Carla Rickert of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, adopted the big dog from Big Dogs Huge Paws, a rescue in Colorado. The lovable Saint Bernard's extra long licker enhances her cuteness and provides comic relief, but it's not always wet kisses and dog treats. Her oversize tongue causes breathing problems, and she drools even more than the average Saint Bernard (which is really saying something.) Rickert also has to give Mochi treats in a specific way because her long tongue causes interference. Her favorite treat is peanut butter but the longest tongue in the world makes it a messy process.
Mochi can't pick food up off the floor, but her impressive tongue has earned her an honorable place next to other record-breaking pets. She'll go down in history as a record holder; just be careful when bending over for kisses from this sweet girl!
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This article was originally published October 6, 2017.