The Great Dane, who towers 2.2m (7ft 4’) on his hind legs, has been named the tallest dog ever recorded in the latest Guinness Book of World Records launched on Thursday.
Measuring 1.12m from paw to withers — the point between the shoulder blades at which the official height of a four-legged mammal is judged — Zeus is officially the tallest dog in the world, the volume claims.
Guinness World Records 2013 says the towering 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 Doorlag.
“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 at 1.55 metre.
The Guinness Book of World Records, first published in 1955, has sold more than 120 million copies to date in 22 languages and in over 100 countries.
World’s tallest mohawk crowned
A fashion designer from Tokyo showed off his 3-foot-8.6-inch hairdo in a New York City park on Wednesday. Forty-year-old Kazuhiro Watanabe says he’s been growing the hair for 15 years. He says to make it stand upright it takes stylists two hours, one can of gel and three cans of hairspray. He says he wanted to grow the mohawk to rebel against the conformity of Japanese society.