World’s tallest male dog who stands over 7 feet tall on his hind legs yet behaves like a lap dog

Brittany Davis dreamed of owning a Great Dane since she was a child. Lucky for her, her brother Garrett gave her a Great Dane puppy, Zeus, at 8 weeks old.

Brittany, 36, knew she was getting a big dog, but she had no idea she would be the lucky owner of the world’s tallest dog living (male), as confirmed by Guinness World Records!

Zeus, who’s now a 2-and-a-half-year-old adult, was the biggest puppy in a litter of five.


“He’s been a big dog since we got him, even for a puppy,” recalled the Bedford, Texas, resident. “He had huge paws.”

The pup is 3 feet tall and 5.18 inches in height and can stretch over 7 feet on his hind legs. His enormous stature earned him the title of tallest male dog in the world.

Zeus as a puppy biting on a carrot plushie

Despite his enormous stature, Zeus is a gentle giant that will never hurt anyone. He’s also a pretty laid-back dog who loves spending time with his mom, Brittany, her husband, their sons Jamison, 15, and Kingston, 7 months, his feline sister, Penelope, and his dog siblings, three Australian shepherds named Zeb, Ellie, and Finn.

However, the record-holding canine prefers to be the only dog on walks.

“Zeus requires one person to handle him,” Brittany said. “He actually will stay right with you and he walks really well, but he’s human-sized. He’s huge. The Australian shepherds have a lot of energy. They’re faster; they’re zippy. They keep up with him OK, but they get tangled under his feet and then it’s chaos.”

Zeus is a regular at Dallas Farmers Market. He gets lots of attention and treats. Brittany would always hear the same comments about her dog when they take him outside, including “Is he a horse?” and “Can I ride him?”

Zeus at the Dallas Farmers Market

And the answer to both questions is, of course, a hard “no.”

“He’s not a horse,” she said. “He’s a dog. He would not like to be ridden. Most people obviously say it jokingly, but it’s definitely something we hear multiple times every time we bring him out.”

Zeus is a good-mannered dog and easy to take care of. However, Zeus needs to eat a lot to keep him nourished. Zeus eats 12 cups of dog food every day and takes glucosamine supplements for his joints.

“When he gets the zoomies, he runs around for 30 seconds and jumps up on his chair once he gets tired,” Brittany said.

The dog is also known for “cleaning up” any messes that baby Kingston makes and being a pacifier thief.

Zeus and Kingston

“He loves stealing the pacifiers off the counter,” Brittany said. “He won’t even chew them. He just puts them in his mouth and then when he gets in trouble, he spits them out.”

“His water bowl is a sink, and he loves to jump onto the fence and talk to the neighbour’s dogs next door,” she added.

Zeus also doesn’t realize how big he really is and behaves like a small dog.

“He has no idea how big he is. He thinks he’s a lap dog and can sit in your lap or lean on you and not knock you over. I love his personality. He’s a good boy,” Brittany said.

Due to their size, Great Danes live shorter lives than other dogs. However, Zeus is in excellent health.

Zeus standing on his hind legs with the help of a man

“When we take Zeus to the vet, they’re always in amazement,” his owner said.

Zeus was suggested to Guinness after a family member mentioned that Zeus was likely taller then the previous tallest dog in the country.

The family didn’t think it was possible, but they realized Zeus was probably taller after measuring him.

And to celebrate his being named the world’s tallest living male dog, Brittany gave Zeus extra treats and attention.

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