A Great Dane who towers 2.2m on his hind legs is named the tallest dog ever recorded in the latest Guinness Book of World Records launched yesterday.
The giant canine from Michigan in the US eats an entire 14kg bag of food every day and weighs in at 70.3kg, the 57th edition of the global records book says.
Measuring 1.12m from paw to withers — the point between the shoulder blades at which the official height of a four-legged mammal is judged — he is officially the tallest dog ever recorded, the volume claims.
Guinness World Records 2013 says the humongous hound breaks the record of Giant George, another Great Dane who is about 2.5cm shorter.
“The most common thing people ask is: ‘Is that a dog or a horse?’” said the three-year-old’s owner, Denise. “We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he steps on your foot he leaves bruises.”
The book — the latest edition of the world’s best-selling copyrighted series — also names Oklahoma Sam, a four-year-old American Mammoth Jackstock, as the tallest living donkey on the planet.
Measuring 1.55m from hoof to withers, she dwarfs the average donkey (80cm) and the average for her own larger breed (1.22m).
The four-year-old record-breaker lives in Watsonville, California, where she shares her land with a macaw, a duck, a goose and four cats.
The new book, which claims to reveal “the latest and greatest records in the universe,” recognizes the world’s shortest woman as 18-year-old Joyti Amge from the central Indian city of Nagpur.
The book bestows the title of the world’s oldest gymnast to 86-year-old Johanna Quaas, born on Nov. 20, 1925, and a regular competitor in the amateur Landes-Seniorenspiele competition in Saxony, Germany.
“I do think I could be seen as a role model,” Quaas said. “Especially for older people, like myself, it’s important that they start easy, and they build up the foundation and they build up the physique.”
Wouter van den Bosch, creator of the Guinness World Record heaviest rideable bicycle at 750kg, said: “Once I got this tire, I started thinking about what I could make with it.”
“I was already planning on making something I could move myself, so I went and saw some pictures of the old Penny Farthing, and well, the idea was born,” he said.
The Guinness Book of World Records, first published in 1955, has sold more than 120 million copies to date in 22 languages and in more than 100 countries.