Hercules was recently awarded the honorable distinction of Worlds Largest Dog by Guinness World Records. Hercules is an English Mastiff and has a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.
With "paws the size of softballs" (reports the Boston Herald), the three-year-old monster is far larger and heavier than his breed’s standard 200lb. limit. Hercules owner Mr. Flynn says that Hercules weight is natural and not induced by a bizarre diet: "I fed him normal food and he just grew"…. and grew and grew and grew.
Has anyone seen a 283-pound dog out there? If you have, you have a few days to call up Guinness World Records before they hand over the Largest Dog award to "Hercules", an English Mastiff with a 38-inch neck and 282 pounds of pure dog.
Nine-year-old David DeLauri of Lynn, MA overheard his father talking to the dog's guardian John Flynn earlier this week. The youngster had been reading the Guinness Book and was quick to point out that Hercules is a record-breaker.
Sure enough, after faxing veterinary records to the Guinness office in New York, Mr. Flynn was notified that his pooch (does the word "pooch" still apply to dogs who weigh as much as Hulk Hogan?) will be listed as the official Largest Dog in the World unless someone else comes forward.
With "paws the size of softballs" (reports the Boston Herald), the three-year-old behemoth outpaces his breed's average 200lb. limit, although Mr. Flynn indicates that there has been nothing abnormal about his diet. He reports, "I fed him normal food and he just grew."
The world’s largest dog can be found on the plains of Nasca in Peru. At more than a half acre in size and 2300 years old, he is also likely the world’s oldest dog.
Largest Dog in the USAOn the other end of the scale we have "Moose", a mammoth English Mastiff from Vernon, New Jersey. In Nov. 2001 he was awarded the title "largest dog in America" on Live with Regis & Kelly, weighing in at 286 lbs. This put him in a tie with the Guinness World Record holder for "heaviest dog", Kell (a Neapolitan Mastiff in the UK). It was later determined that Moose weighed 291 lbs, making him the clear winner.
Sadly, we report that Moose passed away not long ago at the age of 10. His guardian Donna Vazquez says he was a beloved family member, "a true gentleman."
Other Dog World RecordsMr. Jeffries (registered as Knightsfollie Ladiesman), a Bassett Hound from West Sussex, England was entered in the Guinness Book in 2004 as the dog with the largest ears in the world. At 11.5 inches, his ears are so long that they flap in the wind on a breezy day and drag in his food. His owner, Phil Jeffries says his ears are so valuable that they are insured for $47,800.
Another feat accomplished by large breed dogs is hunting and tracking. An amazing Doberman pinscher by the name of Sauer, tracked a thief 100 miles across the Great Karroo in South Africa by his scent alone in 1925. Sauer, who was trained by Detective-Sergeant Herbert Kruger, still holds the record for being the best tracking dog.
Although small dogs have done amazing things as well, it seems as though it's the large breed dogs that accomplish all the amazing physical feats. Years ago in 1849, a Greyhound Dog by the name of Bang made a 30-foot jump in his pursuit of a hare in Glouchestershire, England. He made the jump over a 4 foot 6 inch gate. Unfortunately, for Bang, he injured his pastern bone in the process.
Kell, an English Mastiff from England, also set a record for the heaviest dog in the world with a weight of 286. His neck isn't as big as Hercules, but he weighs a couple more pounds than Hercules. He set the world record in 1999. Moose is another dog that set the Guinness Book of World Records in 2001 as the heaviest dog in the world, but lost his title upon his death, so the title went back to Kell.
Zorba, also an English Mastiff, went down in history as the heaviest and tallest dog there ever was in 1989 with a weight of 343 and measured over 8 feet from nose to tail. No dog since then has taken this record away from him. It was Zorba's death, which caused the title to go to another dog. Zorba's registered name was Aicama Zorba of La-Susa and was proudly owned by Chris Eraclides of London, England.
Setting records in the Guinness Book of World Records is not the only accomplishments by large breed dogs. Many large breed dogs have made themselves famous on the television or movie screen and are known by generations. One of the most famous dogs of all times is Lassie.. Lassie was a beautiful collie that starred in his own television show, movies and books through the years. All the Lassie dogs through the years were descendents of the original Lassie. Those lucky enough to have watched Lassie as a child are often still watching reruns of Lassie with their grandchildren, and still loving the excitement Lassie brought to the screen.
The very first dog to ever become a movie star was Blair, a collie in the movie "Rescued by Rover" in 1905. Cecil Hepworth, an actor and movie director, owned Blair. In the movie, there was a kidnapping and the family dog, Rover (played by Blair) saved the day. It was after this movie, that the name Rover became very popular for family dogs.
Another very famous canine movie star was Rin Tin Tin. A beautiful German shepherd born in Germany, Rin Tin Tin was brought into the United States after an American pilot named Lee Duncan, who also became his trainer, rescued him from the trenches. Rin Tin Tin's first movie "Where the North Begins" was in 1925 and after this, he made 25 more movies. He earned approximately 5 million dollars and signed his contracts with a paw print.
Zorba - Largest Dead Dog in the WorldIf 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 her massive size.
The English Mastiff is a large breed of dog 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. They are a dog of great courage and dignity that walk with a sense of look of grandeur. They are good natured, calm, easygoing with a great sense of humor. Not only do adults love them, but they are wonderful with kids.
There have been more then just Zorba that have made world records for being the largest or biggest dogs in the world. Zorba, however, still holds the record in the world for being the largest and longest dog 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.
Zorba was over 343 pounds, measured 8 feet 3 inches long to his nose to his tail and stood 37 inches at the shoulder. He was recorded in the books as Aicama Zorba in November 1989 at the age of 8 years old. Chris Eraclides of London, England owned him. Even though, Zorba has passed away and he is no longer listed in the Guinness Book, he is still remembered fondly in the canine world. Deceased or not, there are many that still consider Zorba the greatest and largest dog ever, regardless of who is listed in the book.
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