World’s Largest Dog?-Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A story with a picture about a dog said to be named Hercules that has become the “World’s Largest Dog” in the Guinness World Records. It is an English Mastiff that weights in at 282-pounds and has a 38-inch neck.
Hercules, the massive English Mastiff, was real but his time in the limelight was in 2001 when he was the Guinness world record for the World’s Largest Dog. For some reason the story began circulating widely on the Internet in March, 2007, and was accompanied by a picture of an enormous dog being walked near a horse. That picture is not of Hercules because it’s a Neapolitan mastiff and Hercules is an English mastiff. Also, the picture appears to be fabricated. The dog is about half the size of the horse and an average horse is around 1,000 pounds.
There is a larger English Mastiff on record named Zorba from the United Kingdom. He weighed in at 343 pounds and measured 8 feet from nose to tail, according to BigPawsOnly.com, a site about large dogs.
Now this is a dog!!!!
Hercules was recently awarded the honorable distinction of Worlds Biggest 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.