Giant George Becomes Famous
Giant George wasn’t always so giant. In fact, back in November 2005, he was the runt of the litter – a far cry from how large he eventually grew. But he ended up growing – and growing, until now he’s 43in tall, giving him the title as world’s tallest dog by 3/4ths of an inch. He’s not only the tallest dog currently – he’s the tallest dog of all time.
On February 15th, 2010, it all became official when the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Giant George the record, and on February 22, 2010 it was announced on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Since then, there has been much media attention for Giant George. Giant George’s owner, Dave Nasser, has written a book, Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog. Giant George has been on numerous TV shows and has done many interviews. Through it all the Great Dane has taken his celebrity status in stride.
Giant George, Lifestyle of the Worlds Tallest Dog
Given he’s such a big dog, Giant George has quite the appetite. At 245 pounds, he needs a lot of food, and he certainly eats a lot – 110-130 pounds of food per month, costing from $250 to $300. Much of this food is a combination of dry dog food and roasted chicken.
His weight makes him around 100 heavier more than the average Great Dane. When he’s not eating, he’s often found on the golf course – riding in the golf cart, a favorite activity. He also has is own queen-sized bed to sleep in – and given his height, he needs the large space to relax and sleep.
Giant George’s Following
Giant George also has a large following online. He has over 125,000 likes on facebook and over 2,500 followers on twitter – with both numbers growing consistently. People love reading about him, following his activities and keeping in touch. He’s really struck an emotional chord with people across the world – everyone loves Giant George and welcomes his story into their lives. Physically he’s the tallest dog ever, no doubt, but he’s transcended that to really carve out a place in the lives and hearts of millions.
Biggest Dogs In the World
Every year there are thousands of dogs born. Some are small, some are big and then there are those that are huge. In the past decade, there have been a couple dogs that have been labeled as the Worlds largest dogs. Which one is actually the world’s largest dog depends on how you determine “biggest”. Does it mean “tallest”? Does it mean “heaviest”? In the Guinness Book of World Records, they break it down into individual categories. For this purpose, it’s up to the reader.
Hercules: Worlds Largest Dog
The World’s largest living Dog is Hercules, an English Mastiff who weighs 282 pounds and has a 38-inch neck. J. Flynn of Peabody, Massachusetts owns Hercules. This one dog weighs more than his owner does, and the owner is no lightweight at 270 pounds.
For the 343 pound all time record holder check out ZORBA. He was the biggest dog ever.
Hercules was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in June, 2001 after a friend noticed a large Mastiff in the Guinness Book and thought it was Hercules. After calling the organization, Flynn discovered that the previous winner (a 296-pound mastiff) was deceased, making Hercules the new largest dog.
Hercules may be the largest dog in the world, but the title of heaviest dog in the world belongs to Kell, an English Mastiff from the UK who weighed in at 286 pounds in August of 1999 at the age of two. He weighed more than Hercules but his neck was “only” 32 inches. The proud owner of Kell is Tom Scott of East Leake, Notts. Tom told reporters that Kell eats 100 pounds of beef each week and drinks gallons of goat’s milk to stay in the great condition he is in.
Worlds Biggest Dog
In 1989, an English Mastiff by the name of Zorba set the world’s record with the weight of 343 pounds at the age of eight. If Zorba were still alive today, there is little doubt that he would still hold the record in the Guinness Book as the largest dog in the world.
Worlds Heaviest Dog
In 2001, Kell had some competition for the title of heaviest dog in the world. Moose, an English Mastiff form Vernon, New Jersey set the record when he appeared on the Live with Regis & Kelly television show at 286 pounds, which had him tied with Kell with the Guinness World Record for heaviest dog. Later, it was clarified that he weighed 291 pounds, which made him the definite winner. Unfortunately, Moose died not long ago at the ripe age of 10, leaving his owner, Donna Vazquez, very heartbroken. It also left Kell the title once again of heaviest dog.
Regardless of which of these dogs is the biggest or heaviest, they are all true winners!
Just when the world, or at least residents of the UK, thought they had seen everything with Samson, the huge Great Dane/Newfoundland mix that weighted almost 20 stones (280 pounds), you now get to read and hear about Sheroo.
Wolverhampton (a county in England) is proud to introduce you to Sheroo, a three-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff who is owned by Tarlochan Singh Bhopari, residents of Dudley Road, Blakenhall. Sheroo is a purebred Mastiff that presently weighs 19 stones 7 lb and is still growing! The 52-year old Mr. Singh believes that Sheroo will exceed 20 stones before he’s finished growing. He does believe when the growing spurt is complete, Sheroo will be the world’s largest dog.
Sheroo is not the only large dog in his family. He has a Neapolitan Mastiff brother Toby, who is only half a stone lighter than Sheroo. Sheroo stands almost 6 feet tall when standing on his hind legs. He has no problem lavishing Mr. Singh with love and kisses when the desire strikes him. He is so large that Singh believes his head would fit in Sheroo’s mouth. He knows this because at one time he tried it, just to check if his mouth was as large as it actually looked. Now that’s a huge dog!
Although some people are afraid of large dogs, Mr. Singh says Sheroo and his brother Toby are like puppies, full of playfulness and very good-natured. Sheroo and Toby are great playmates and friends for Mr. Singh as well as being excellent watchdogs. People do not enter the home unless Sheroo and Toby ‘say’ it’s O.K. They are both like one of Singh’s children and definitely members of the family and not just your typical dogs. When they say dog is man’s best friend, they definitely had these two massive dogs in mind.
Running Errands with Sheroo and his Brother
If you think taking your dog to the vet is a chore, just imagine what it’s like for Mr. Singh with not just Sheroo, but Toby as well. Unless he has a truck, it’s doubtful they both fit in an average car at the same time without some difficulty. In addition, he knows it will only get harder as Sheroo gets larger. Walking them has to be a huge task as well. The great part about this is that he never has any worries about being mugged or attacked. After all, who would dare touch him when he has over 500 pounds worth of animals surrounding him! To Mr. Singh, Sheroo and Toby are more than just dogs to be stared at because of their size-they are truly man’s best friend-at least this man!
We are trying to get an update about Sheroo from Mr. Singh to see if he has grown to a size near the world’s largest dog record. Stay tuned!
Worlds Heaviest Dog
Hercules, an English Mastiff may have been recorded as the largest dog in the Guinness Book of World Records, but it is Kell, an English Mastiff from the United Kingdom that earned the title of world’s heaviest dog. Hercules was 282 pounds with a 38-inch neck. Kell may only have a 32-inch neck, but she weighed 286 pounds, which makes her the heaviest.
Kell Became the Biggest Dog
Kell was recorded in the Guinness Book in 1999 at the age of two and was expected to continue to grow even more.
If ever an animal can eat their owner out of house and home, it is Kell. Owner, Tom Scott of East Leake, Notts told the press that Kell is fed around 100 pounds of beef every week and many gallons of goat’s milk.
Kell’s weekly food bill is around 300 dollars. Tom never realized how big she would get. Kell is one of 30 dogs owned by tom Scott, but by far the largest he owns. With all the publicity he received from the press and media when she was first recorded as the largest dog, Tom had hopes that perhaps some of the major dog food manufacturers would step in with some offers of help in feeding Kell.
As was the case with Hercules, Tom discovered that Kell was the largest dog almost accidentally, too. He happened to be watching a television show about a large dog when he just knew that Kell was heavier than the dog on TV.
Kell Became a Record Holder
From the time he called the Guinness Book of World Records to the time they showed up at his door, Kell grew a couple more pounds. This is not surprising as many dogs at the age of two are still growing. Perhaps not at the rate they grew when they were younger, but they may still put on a few pounds here and there.
A good part of Tom and Kell’s day consisted of them walking as Kell required a few walks each day. Lucky for Tom that Kell was a cooperative dog because Tom admits that if Kell would have started pulling on the lead, there would be real problems! Imagine a 286-pound dog pulling you against your will! Although some people believed that Kell was merely obese and overweight, Tom’s vet repeatedly said she was a perfectly happy and healthy dog. There has been little written about Kell recently so it’s unknown if she is still alive or not. However, if she were alive, she would be 10 years old. Check out the giant Sampson: Large Great Dane
When we think of big dogs, we think of Labradors, Saint Bernards, Great Dane, Collie, German Shepherd as well as many other ‘large breed’ dogs. As far as size goes, they all fall in the range between 70 to 150 pounds. However, in one home in Britain, these would all be considered as average size dogs.
Sampson: Large Great Dane-Newfoundland Mix
Julie and Ray Woods of Wyberton are the happy and proud owners of Samson, a Great Dane-Newfoundland cross, who weighs almost 20 stones (or 280 pounds). Samson is only 3 years old and still growing. We can only speculate at what he’ll tip the scales at when he’s “full grown”. Right now, when standing on his hind legs he is 6 ft 5 ins and stands taller than Ray, who is a little over 6 feet tall. Samson has a 59-inch chest and a 29-inch waist, which requires a pony coat and a specially made extra large collar. His paws are equivalent in size to a dinner plate.
Samson’s mother and father were Newfoundland and Great Dane, two dogs known for their large build and height. It was an unplanned mating and Samson was one of 11 puppies. With genetics like that, one would expect a large dog, but not like what the Woods have in Samson. They got Samson from a RSPCA center when he was six months old and already 16 stones.
Samson’s previous owners weren’t able to care for him and took him back when they came home from work one day and found their house tore apart.
Sampson becomes part of the Family
When they first arrived at the center, Sampson came running to them and pinned them to the wall. For Julie and Ray, it was love at first sight. Julie and Ray both claim their lives are very different since they got Samson-but in a good way. He is a lovable dog that wouldn’t hurt anyone or anything. Julie states that he is a big baby that loves affection and being pet. Samson loves children as much as they love him. With Julie and Ray having eight grandchildren, family get togethers must be a ball.
Sampson: Large Dog Large Appetite!
Ray walks him four times a day with each walk being for two miles. Ray says when other dogs meet him, they move over to allow him through! When people see him for the first time, they are dumbstruck and stare with their mouths wide open! His diet consists of turkey legs and £60 a month in dog food. Because of his height, his dog dish needs to be on a special stool so it’s about a foot off the floor so he can easily reach down and eat.
When the Woods bought new furniture, they bought a couch for them and a loveseat for Samson. However, Samson had other ideas as he comfortably took over the couch as his! This should give you a general idea of how large he really is. The loveseat is for relaxing with the family, but when it’s bedtime, he goes to the lounge and sleeps on a double duvet with a pillow. To Julie and Ray, it’s all worth it, as they love having him around (except for his loud snoring).
Samson is only 2 stones lighter than the largest dog in the world, but then who says Samson is done growing? For quite awhile, the Woods were hounded by the media and all the publicity surrounding them because of Samson’s size. Samson was starting to become unsettled so Julie and Ray put a stop to the photographs and filming, etc. Now, they’ve settled down to a simple life with their “puppy’, loving him, playing with him and watching him grow! Check out big Himalaya Tebetan Mastiffs or the Freakish Kell: World’s Heaviest Dog, a Masive Mastiff.
Dogs come in a variety of sizes and some of these are extremes such as exceptionally small or exceptionally tall dogs. For some reason, the majority of people seem to like large dogs. Children, especially, like large dogs.
Tallest Dog in the World (previously)
The Guinness Book of World Records has some interesting record-breaking large dogs. Many people are familiar with Hercules, Kell and Zorba. Hercules is a 284-pound English Mastiff from Massachusetts that is currently in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest dog in the world. With a paw the size of a softball and a 38-inch neck, he is huge – the biggest dog in the world.
Kell, another English Mastiff, is from the UK and took the record for being the heaviest dog in the world with a weight of 286 pounds. Zorba, who is deceased, was once in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest dog in the world with a whopping weight of 343 pounds. Due to her death, she is no longer recorded in the books, but she is still the largest and longest dog that was ever recorded.
Whether or not you’ve heard of him, Gibson made quite a name for himself as the tallest dog in the world. Gibson was recorded as the world’s tallest dog at over 7 feet and is a Harlequin Great Dane owned by Sandy Hall of Grass Valley, California. When Gibson is on all fours, he is 42.2 inches tall and you don’t want to see him when he’s on his hind legs! The previous tallest dog, Harvey, was 41.5 inches tall.
Gibson Can’t Use the Toilet
Gibson is too tall to drink water out of the toilet as many dogs love to do for some reason. Seems no matter how often you give them cold fresh water, dogs always seem to navigate to the toilet when they’re thirsty. Poor Gibson doesn’t have that option, though. Not only is Gibson tall, but he’s no lightweight in the weight category either at 170 pounds. Imagine having this dog jump on you! Luckily, Gibson is a very lovable and friendly dog, almost like a puppy. Check out Sampson: Large Great Dane
Gibson hands over his title to Giant George
In February 2010 Giant George became the new tallest dog in the world.
If there are any large dogs that are well known in the world, Zorba is probably one of them. Zorba is an English Mastiff from the UK that made the Guinness Book of World Records because of his massive size.
Zorba is An English Mastiff
The English Mastiff is a large breed with an excellent reputation from those who know of them. Many people are not familiar with the Mastiff breed, until they read about one of them being in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Biggest Dog in the World
Zorba holds the all time Guinness World Record for the largest dog ever at 343 lb (156 kg). He was also measured from nose to tip of the tail at 8 feet and 3 inches (251 cm) and 37 inches at the shoulder. He was 8 years old at the time of the measurements, which was November, 1989.
He always had great courage and dignity. He was are good natured, calm, easy going and had a great sense of humor. Adults loved him and he was great with children.
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English Mastiff as a Pet
They do not show a lot of affection openly, but they are very loyal and devoted to the entire family. Unlike some breeds that are “one man dog” that are loyal to one or two members of the family; the Mastiff seems to know who the family members are and are loyal to the whole family. They are protective of the family, especially with strangers.
If a stranger comes to their home, often the Mastiff will place itself between his family and the stranger. They stay that way until their master gives some indication is the visitor is a friend or not. With their massive size, (many are WAY over 200 pounds), there aren’t very many people that would want to cross the boundary line without them allowing it.
There have been more then just Zorba that have made world records for being the largest or biggest dog in the world, however, he still holds the record in the world for being the largest and longest ever to be recorded. He is presently not in the Guinness Book of World Records because he is deceased, but no one to this date has topped his size.
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Guinness Book of World Records Largest Dog: Hercules
There have been a few different dogs that are either known for being the largest dogs or better yet, in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest dog in the world. One dog in particular was Hercules, a massive three-year old English Mastiff that was put in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2001.
J. Flynn and his wife Wendy of Peabody, Massachusetts own Hercules. Flynn, not a small man himself, weighed 270 pounds and his dog still weighed more than him, tipping the scales at 282 pounds with a 38-inch neck.
Flynn says that Hercules has paws the size of softballs, but is gentle as a baby and wouldn’t hurt a fly. They got him because Wendy wanted a dog larger than their two-year old bull mastiff was. They did think he was big even as a puppy, which is why they gave him the name Hercules. However, they had no idea Hercules would get quite so big when they first got him and Flynn claims he’s done nothing out of the ordinary to encourage the growth other then feed him a normal diet.
Hercules: Largest Dog in the World
A neighbor’s son, David Delauri, is responsible for Hercules being recorded in the Guinness Book. One day, David was browsing through the Guinness Book of World Records and came across a dog that he was positive was Hercules. After contacting the Guinness Book of World Records, Flynn discovered that the dog in the book was a 296-pound Mastiff that had died, making Hercules the current worlds biggest dog. After faxing all the information they needed, Hercules was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest dog in the world.
When the story of Hercules first became public, the press and media were everywhere he was. He was a guest on the Today show, CNN as well as in many newspapers and magazines. Hercules took it all in stride, just wagging his tail each time someone new came to the door with cameras. There is very little that Hercules doesn’t take in stride including getting along great with the Peabody’s two sons, then 2 and 7. One day Mr. Flynn looked out the window and seen a bird perched on Hercules’s head eating something and Hercules just sat there as if he had no clue.
Since Hercules seems to enjoy the limelight from all the attention he seems to get, Mr. Flynn said he would allow the publicity to continue as long as Hercules enjoyed it. He decided it would be great to book Hercules out for kids birthday parties and have the kids pay to have their picture taken with the dog. Another possible publicity stint was a contest where the winner would spread peanut butter on their face and Hercules lick it off. What dog wouldn’t love that! Check out Guinness Records Set By Dogs