Zeus, a two-year-old American Great Dane from Texas, has received the Guinness World Record for being the tallest dog in the world. He stands strong at 1.046 meters or 3.431 feet, and despite being a large breed, he presents himself as a gentle giant who gets along well with people and other dogs.
Zeus’s owner, Brittany Davis, has described wanting a Great Dane but has been intimidated by its size.
Brittany’s brother, Garrett, got the puppy for her when he was eight weeks old. It was surprising that he turned out to be the biggest puppy of the litter. Brittany said: “He’s been a big dog since we got him, even for a puppy. He had huge paws.”
His size can work to his advantage as he can easily steal food from the countertops.
People on the streets often mistake him for a horse and request rides. Zeus is definitely not down for rides as he is a couch potato. Although Great Danes were bred for hog hunting, Zeus would rather lounge with his family than hunt in the outdoors.
Zeus is loved similar to a celebrity by local residents as people greet him with treats and attention. Brittany has described that frequent stares and surprised reactions are a normal part of his life.
Lucky for him, his large size does not negatively impact his life expectancy. Generally, large breeds tend to have a shorter life span due to their size. However, in Zeus’s case, he is in great shape, and he will take up a large space in our hearts for many more years.