Zeus was the father of the gods in Ancient Greece, and his namesake, was a 3 year old Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan, USA. Zeus, unfortunately, died last year, but he went on record as the Tallest Dog Ever!
Measuring an incredible 111.8 cm (44 in) from foot to withers, Zeus is the same size as an average donkey.
Standing on hind legs, he stretches to 7 ft 4 in and towers over his owner Denise Doorlag.
“Zeus was an awesome dog,” said owner Denise. “The only downside was that everything costs more; the food, medicines, transport. We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he stepped on your foot – he left bruises!”
The humongous hound weighed 70.3 kg (155 pounds or 11 stone) and ate around 12 cups of food a day (equivalent to one whole 30-lb bag of food!). Some readers have commented that Zeus looked underfed, but his vet claimed him to be healthy and in good condition. Many dogs are overfed, and like humans, they are unhealthy.
Denise loved the reaction Zeus got when the family took him out: “The most common thing people asked was: ‘Is that a dog or a horse?’ and ‘Where’s his saddle?’
Zeus broke the record of previous record-breaking pooch Giant George, who is 1-inch shorter, which make Zeus the tallest dog ever recorded in history. Giant George had to hand over his crown, or giant bone, to Zeus. Now, Zeus has to pass his crown on to the next tallest dog.