WORLD’S BIGGEST DOG, WORLD’S HEAVIEST DOG
Hercules was recently awarded the honorable distinction of World’s Biggest Dog by Guinness World Records. Hercules is an English Mastiff and has a 39-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.”
Myth Blaster Verdict –
False. The photo is doctored. However, there is a dog described as the “world’s heaviest dog” by the name of Kell, which weights 294 lbs and is “taller than a Shetland Pony, and more than six feet long.” The tallest dog goes to Gibson, a Great Dane that measures 42.2 inches tall.
…This information is accurate (in the sense that an English mastiff named Hercules owned by a Massachusetts man was once recognized as the world’s heaviest dog), but it doesn’t have any connection to the dog shown in the image displayed above, which clearly does not match a newspaper photograph of the real Hercules (and his owner). … Contrast, for example, the above image with other photographs demonstrating the size of Neapolitan mastiffs relative to people. Adult Neapolitan mastiffs typically reach a height of 24-31 inches at the shoulder.
The photo above is from the Boston Herald. Someone used the article and replaced the original photo with a doctored one.
The picture below is the world’s smallest dog, Danka, from from Guinness.