Worlds Tallest Dog Dies at Age 5, Zeus Was One Big Dog!

Worlds Tallest Dog Dies at Age 5

He will be sadly missed.

Zeus, Worlds Tallest Dog Dies at Age 5

Zeus, the Great Dane who held the Guinness World Record for being the world’s tallest dog, has died at the age of 5, just two months shy of his sixth birthday.
He had been with his family since he was 8 weeks old.

The dog, whom owner Kevin Doorlag of Otsego, Michigan, described as a “gentle giant,” stood 44 inches tall and was 7-foot-4 when he stood on his hind legs.  Zeus weighed 150 pounds and ate a 13.6kg bag of food every two weeks.

Zeus was a certified therapy dog and frequently visited local schools and people in a nearby hospital.

“He’d sit on people’s laps. I loved to see people’s reactions when he’d sit down,” Doorlag said. “He just seemed to want to make people smile and happy and … he was just a very sweet dog.”

Zeus, Worlds Tallest Dog Dies at Age 5

Zeus was named in the Guinness World Records 2013 edition as being the world’s tallest dog.

Before Zeus set a new record, Guinness said the world’s tallest dog was Giant George, another Great Dane. Giant George, who was one inch shorter than Zeus, died last year at age 7.

“I was surprised at how many people just, like, reached out to him and how many people’s, I think, lives he’s touched when we’re doing pet therapy,” Doorlag said. “It was just very overwhelming and I loved that about him.”

 Kevin Doorlag with his great Dane, Zeus, in 2010
Kevin Doorlag with his great dane, Zeus, in 2010. Photograph: Jonathon Gruenke/AP

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2 thoughts on “Worlds Tallest Dog Dies at Age 5, Zeus Was One Big Dog!”

  1. I cannot believe how tall he was. He looks so big sitting on the couch. So sad that he had such a short life. I am sure he brought a lot of happiness as a therapy animal. Thanks for sharing.


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