3 ft 5.18 in Great Dane wins the Guinness World Record for the tallest living canine
A Great Dane measuring a whopping 3 feet 5.18 inches has been named the tallest living male dog by Guinness World Records.
Brittany Davis, of Bedford, Texas, says her dog Zeus hasn’t stopped growing since her brother’s friend gave him to her when he was eight weeks old.
The owner said her 2-year-old Great Dane gained fame locally due to its striking size, and vendors at the Dallas Farmers’ Market gave it plenty of extra treats.
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Great Dane Zeus (pictured), who lives in Bedford, Texas, with his owner Brittany Davis, has been crowned the world’s tallest living male dog by Guinness World Records.
Brittany, who also owns three Miniature Australian Shepherds and a cat, Penelope, explained that Zeus and the feline have a mutual understanding to stay away from each other.
She explained that the cost of feeding such a large dog is high, as Zeus consumes twelve cups of Gentle Giants large breed dog food in the morning and another six in the afternoon to help feed his zoomies.
“When he gets the zoomies, he runs for 30 seconds and jumps on his chair once he gets tired,” Brittany said.
He added that every once in a while he has a fried egg, bully sticks, or his all-time favorite treat: ice cubes.
Brittany said that owning Zeus is like having “another person” living in your home.
Britany (pictured left) said Zeus has been big since she got it from her brother Garrett’s friend when he was eight weeks old.
Previous owner: Another Great Dane, also named Zeus (pictured), from Otsego, Michigan, was the world’s tallest dog, once standing at seven feet four inches when standing on his hind legs, until his death in 2014
Great Danes tend to be shorter-lived than other dogs due to their enormous size, as they were originally bred to hunt pigs and protect women traveling in carriages.
The world’s tallest dog in the Guinness World Record was also a Great Dane named Zeus.
The canine from Otsego, Michigan, who died in 2014 at age five, was 44 inches tall but could reach a height of seven feet four inches when standing on his hind legs.
Brittany admitted that Zeus, the newly crowned world’s tallest dog, often uses his height to cause mischief.
Brittany said that Zeus steals any food left on the counters, eating six cups of food in the morning and another six in the afternoon.
“He likes to steal the baby’s pacifier off the counters and any food left on the counters is definitely free for him,” Brittany said.
She explained that the dog often leaves the vet “in awe” and that it was her family’s idea to contact Guinness World Records about her astonishing height.
Brittany admitted they didn’t expect Zeus to be the world’s tallest dog, but said it’s “fun” to be able to tell people that.
Speaking in the YouTube video, Brittany said: “Zeus is very stubborn and doesn’t do what he wants, but he’s also very laid back.”
He loves everyone.
Brittany said strangers often ask if Zeus (pictured) can be ridden, comparing his large size to that of a horse.
‘When he gets excited it’s about ten minutes, he runs and then he gets tired. Her water bowl is the sink.
“He likes to go for walks around the neighborhood and he really likes being the center of attention. The comment we hear most often for Zeus is ‘wow, that’s a horse.’
‘Also ‘can I ride it?’, ‘does it have a saddle?’. The answer to all those questions is no. He wouldn’t want to be a horse or be ridden.
Brittany added that Zeus has brought joy to her family and is always with her teenage son.
Commenters were impressed, but many admitted they couldn’t afford to feed such a large dog.
One person wrote: ‘Wow and woof again! It’s amazing, but as much as I love dogs, I wouldn’t want to ‘pick up’ his mess (I’d need a three gallon garbage bag!) or feed him.’
Another said: ‘I can only imagine your monthly spending on food.’
Commentators have taken to YouTube to discuss the size of Zeus and the cost of feeding such a large dog.