North Texas Great Dane named Zeus is the tallest dog in the world – KION546
By KTVT Staff
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NORTH TEXAS (KTVT) — A Great Dane who lives in North Texas has been crowned the world’s tallest living dog by Guinness World Records.
Two-year-old Zeus from Bedford is 3ft 5.18in tall, making him the tallest dog in the world.
The dog officially received the paw accolade on March 22, after his size was measured and confirmed by his veterinarian.
Owner Brittany Davis said she had always dreamed of having a Great Dane named Zeus and was over the moon when her brother gave her the pup when he was just eight weeks old. Although she was initially nervous about his tall height, she quickly fell in love with him.
Davis told Guinness World Records: “He’s been a big dog since we got him, even for a puppy. He had huge paws.
Zeus’ Olympian diet includes 12 cups of “Gentle Giants” dog food each day, along with the occasional fried egg and bully stick. Her all-time favorite treat is ice cubes, Davis said.
The brown and gray colossus is now a local celebrity, showered with attentions and treats when he and his human visit the Dallas Farmer’s Market.
“The comment we hear most often is ‘Wow, that’s a horse!’, ‘Can I ride it?’ or ‘Does he have a saddle?’ “Davis said. “The answer to all of these questions is ‘no’.
According to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes are descended from medieval hunting dogs. Although they are known to dominate other breeds, they are prone to many health issues and tend to have shorter lifespans than other dogs.
Last year, Freddy, a Great Dane once celebrated by Guinness World Records as the tallest dog in the world, died aged 8.
The pooch, who lived in Essex, England, measured 3ft 4in from foot to shoulder. When standing on its hind legs, it towered over people at a height of 7 feet 5.5 inches.
The tallest dog on record was also a Great Dane named Zeus, according to Guinness. He stood at 3 feet 10 inches.
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