Well-balanced beagle sets ball-rolling speed record


A floppy-eared beagle from Japan has scampered into the record books after setting the world record for “fastest 10 meters traveled on a ball by a dog.”

The dog, a 10-year-old female named Purin — Japanese for “pudding” — shot to fame last year when footage of the fluffy pooch breaking the Guinness World Record for “most balls caught by a dog with the paws in one minute” went viral.

Not content with putting Japan’s J. League goalkeepers to shame, Purin nimbly steered an inflatable training ball over a distance of 10 meters in just 10.39 seconds to become a double world record holder.

Purin, who lives with owner Makoto Kumagai in Tokyo, broke her latest mark with style. She first produced her record-breaking balancing act on March 23 — when dog lovers around the world celebrated National Puppy Day — clocking in at 11.9 seconds.

Ever the perfectionist, she then went out and shattered her own mark on Sunday.

“Purin is a superstar in her own right now, having achieved double-record status with her latest exploits,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday.

“Justin Bieber is the youngest artist ever to achieve five No. 1 albums — but can he run 10 meters on a Swiss ball?”

Purin made “Beliebers” of the doubters in September by saving 14 mini footballs in a minute by standing on her hind legs and catching them with her paws.

The fluffy keeper expertly brought the ball into her chest in textbook fashion.

The multitalented beagle can also skateboard, walk on two legs and skip with a rope, helped by Kumagai.

Japan owns some of the strangest Guinness records, including the world’s heaviest strawberry, tipping the scales at a whopping 250 grams (8.82 ounces), and the biggest-ever baby crawling contest, set by 601 bawling toddlers in Yokohama last November.