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Great Dane From Michigan Is World’s Tallest Dog

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Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records 2013 Edition

Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records 2013 Edition

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OTSEGO, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A Great Dane from Michigan is doggone tall. So much so that he’s now officially the world’s tallest canine.

The Guinness World Records 2013 book out Thursday recognizes Zeus of Otsego, Mich., as its official Tallest Dog.

The 3-year-old pooch measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder.

Standing on his hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7-foot-4 and towers over his owner, Denise Doorlag, who brought him home as a puppy. Zeus is a single inch taller than the previous record-holder, Giant George.

Zeus weighs 155 pounds and eats around 12 cups of dog food a day. That’s equivalent to one 30-pound bag of food.

Doorlag said it can get pretty crazy when she takes him out for a walk. “Everybody just kind of mobs around him and everybody wants pictures taken with him. They just think he’s awesome,” Doorlag told Good Morning America.

Doorlag said she had to get a van to be able to transport Zeus.

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Zeus as a growing puppy (Facebook photo)

Guinness World Records spokesman Stewart Claxton said some 40,000 record-breakers have made the cut since 1955 and you’ll find close to 4,000 new records in the book’s latest edition.

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