World's tallest dog stands at 7.4 feet, reveals Guinness

By AFP
Published: September 13, 2012

The great canine weighs 70.3kg and eats an entire 14-kg bag of food everyday. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: A great dane that towers 7 feet 4 inches on his hind legs is named the tallest dog ever recorded in the latest Guinness Book of World Records launched on Thursday.

The giant canine from Michigan in the United States eats an entire 14-kg (30-pound) bag of food every day and weighs in at 70.3kg, the 57th edition of the global records book says.

Measuring 1.12 metres (44 inches) from paw to withers – the point between the shoulder blades at which the official height of a four-legged mammal is judged – he is officially the tallest dog ever recorded, the volume claims.

‘Guinness World Records 2013′ says the humongous hound breaks the record of Giant George, another Great Dane who is one inch shorter.

“The most common thing people ask is: ‘Is that a dog or a horse?’” says the three-year-old’s owner Denise.

“We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he steps on your foot he leaves bruises!”        The book — the latest edition of the world’s best-selling copyrighted series — also names Oklahoma Sam, a four-year-old American Mammoth Jackstock, as the tallest living donkey on the planet.

Measuring 1.55 metres (5 feet 1 inch) from hoof to withers, she dwarfs the average common donkey (80 centimetres, 2 feet 8 inches) and the average for her own larger breed (1.22 metres, 4 feet).

The four-year-old record-breaker lives in Watsonville, California, where she shares her one acre of land with a macaw, duck, goose and four cats.

The new book, which claims to reveal “the latest and greatest records in the universe”, recognises the world’s shortest woman as 18-year-old Joyti Amge from the central Indian city of Nagpur.

The book bestows the title of the world’s oldest gymnast to 86-year-old Johanna Quaas, born on November 20, 1925 and a regular competitor in the amateur Landes-Seniorenspiele competition in Saxony, Germany.

“I do think I could be seen as a role model,” Quaas said.

“Especially for older people, like myself, it’s important that they start easy and they build up the foundation and they build up the physique.”

Wouter van den Bosch, creator of the Guinness World Records heaviest rideable bicycle at 750 kilograms (1650 pounds) said: “Once I got this tyre, I started thinking about what I could make with it.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Khurram Malik
    Sep 13, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Kindly change the heading. That dog does not stand at 7 feet 4 inches in ordinary way rather that Dog’s actual Height is only 44 inches that is less than 4 feet. Only on hind legs with the help of Someone else that dog achieved that height.

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  • saaz
    Sep 13, 2012 - 11:54PM

    he might be the tallest but not the biggest!

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  • SN
    Sep 14, 2012 - 12:04PM

    @Khurram Malik

    Firstly, it’s called playing with words. See, when the dog stands, it’s 7.4 feet. And dogs don’t need someone else’s help to stand on their hind legs. They are quite capable of doing so on their own. Try wiggling a treat above their heads and you’ll see.

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  • SurelySure!!
    Sep 14, 2012 - 12:33PM

    looks he is not happy to be in ‘Guinness World Records 2013′

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  • Maher
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:12PM

    @ Saaz I agree with u my friend.:)Recommend

  • Con(spiracy) Artist
    Sep 15, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Hmmm, is there an American conspiracy behind it? ;-)

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