Guinness holds many amazing records of people as well as different kinds of animals. And one of the animals that it has featured most is dogs. Dogs are known to be one of the closest friends of human beings from the ancient times as we can see in different civilizations all over the world. They are extremely loyal to their master and will offer unconditional love to them till their last breath. There are many stories we have heard about dogs where these loyal creatures endangered their lives and in some cases even died trying to save their owners. This is something that is quite rare and is barely shared by any other species which makes them even more special. That is why dogs have a very special place to our society and history not only in the present time, but for thousands of years all over the globe.
Dogs Featured In the Guinness
It is to be mentioned that Guinness World Records has kept various records associated with dogs for different reasons which includes- the tallest dog of the planet, the largest dog, the smallest dog ever measured, the oldest dog, the heaviest dog, the ugliest dog, the fastest dog and many more. So let’s get introduced to some of these amazing dogs.
A three year old Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan, United States has made its place in Guinness for being the tallest dog ever measured. Zeus was measured 111.8 cm from withers to foot which is simply amazing. It is to be mentioned that Zeus stretches to 7 feet 4 inches while standing on his feet. He weighs 155 pounds or 70.3 kg. Zeus consumes 30 lb bag of food per day. He took the title from Giant George to become the tallest dog that was 1 inch shorter than him.
An English Mastiff named Aicama Zorba from La Susa was also included in Guinness for the greatest weight ever recorded in history. It weighed 343 pounds or 156 kg. Zorba was 35 inches tall when it stood and was 252 cm from the tip of his tail to the tip of the nose when he was seven years old.
Miracle Milly- a Chihuahua is known to be the smallest dog living in terms of height. She was measured 3.8 inches or 9.65 cm tall on February 21, 2013. Milly is owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico. She weighed less than an ounce when she was born and could fit in a teaspoon. Vanesa had to feed her through an eye dropper every two hours since her mouth was too small to feed directly from her mother. She used to sleep in a doll’s crib next to her owner and gradually became stronger under the care of Vanesa.
Gibson is another amazing dog from Grass Valley, California, United States was recognized as the tallest dog according to Guinness in 2004 taking the title from Harvey. Born on 26th of April in the year 2002, Gibson was claimed to be 42.6 inches or 108 cm tall by his master Sandy while according to the official Guinness World Records, he was 107 cm tall. Besides being the tallest dog, Gibson became more renowned by appearing in various renowned TV shows including Oprah Winfrey’s Show, The Tonight Show, Montel Williams Show, Larry King’s program and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He was also featured in Parade Magazine, Life Magazine, Dog Fancy and National Geographic.
Gibson was a certified therapy dog who used to appear in the TV shows wearing a bandanna which was known to be his trademark. In the year 2009, he lost one leg to bone cancer. Despite going through extensive treatment, the cancer spread to his spine and lungs and it was no longer possible to save Gibson. He was euthanized on August 7, 2009.
Gibson was the co-author of his very own book “Gibson Speaks” which describes the life of one of the tallest dogs of the world that became more of a celebrity. Gibson seized an entire regulation basketball in his mouth and performed “doggie dribble”.
Although Gibson may no longer be around, but his memories will always be there. He will be remembered for the charms and intelligence that he showed throughout his short life. The love he received from people throughout the globe is simply remarkable and only shows what a great dog he was.