Myth Blaster: Hercules, The World’s Biggest Dog (To Date)


Hercules Hoax Photo
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 –  
FalseThe 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.
According to Snopes:
…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.

Real Hercules photo
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

Danka - World’s Smallest Dog

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