World’s Biggest Dogs
Having a good dog is extremely subjective and relies quite a bit on whether one has chewed the socks of their owner or tugged a pie off the table recently.
But being a big dog is simply about height and weight — objective metrics that can be weighed against other dogs to win the distinction of being the best canine in the world. It turned out there were a couple of contestants. Take a look at our dog list which could give Clifford a run for his money.
Collecting the title of the world’s greatest dog depends on how you interpret “biggest.” Whether you go by the gap between paws and shoulder blades, the lanky Great Danes are perennial candidates, and a Dane named Zeus was the best of them all. The resident of Otsego, Michigan, stood 44 inches in height, and while standing on his hind legs, could reach to a full 7 feet, 4 inches.
Zeus spent his time in the field of hospitals as a trained service dog, giving his support to people. His owners would be asked on walks if he’d got a saddle. He passed away at the age of 6 in 2015; in 2011 Guinness World Records listed him as the world’s tallest dog, displacing another Great Dane, Giant George, by one inch. He currently holds Tallest Dog Ever record.
Freddy, a Dane who stands 40.75 inches tall and lives in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, is the official Guinness title holder for the tallest dog. Freddy has a propensity to eat sofas as well as a healthy diet of minced beef (two pounds daily), casserole fish, and liver. His mother, Claire Stoneman, told The Telegraph that Freddy, in collusion with his girlfriend, Fleur, has ruined 26 couches (and counting).
3. AICAMA ZORBA
This Old English Mastiff from London, England, received points from Guinness in 2008 as the longest known dog at the time — a whopping 8-foot, 3-inch nose-to-tail measured in 1987. In 1989 Guinness has cited Zorba as the heaviest dog in the world, weighing in at 343 pounds. Given that male mastiffs usually grow to an average of 230 pounds, Zorba’s waistline well surpassed his breed standards. While he should likely have been a social media celebrity today, Zorba had to settle for photos.
In 2009, the Associated Press profiled Boomer, a Newfoundland Landseer who was weighing 180 pounds and standing 7 feet in circumference. Though a size not quite as intimidating as some of the others on this list (at 36 inches, for qualification as a world record holder, he struggled to reach the Guinness minimum height of 40 inches), Boomer’s length was such that his butt would knock stuff off shelves, and he could drink from the kitchen faucet without jumping on the table. As a puppy, he grew at such a fast pace that abdominal surgical stitches keep on tearing. He had died at the age of 6 in 2012.
Calling the Euphrates a giant among giants is a bit too early in the game, but the American Molossus is shaping up to be a contender. The “puppy” from Salt Lake City, Utah, stood 6 feet on her hind legs in March 2018 and weighed more than 180 pounds. Cross-breeding of two strong breeds: English and Neapolitan Mastiff. They’re supposed to imitate the Mesopotamian Molossus, a giant canine dated back to 5000 BCE and trained by Alexander the Great to be a war dog.
The Euphrates hasn’t stormed any battlefields, but her trainer, Jared Howser, said that his truck was not hit by a series of car break-ins in his neighbourhood — probably a result of keeping a fighting dog on the premises.