You may have heard of the favorite cartoon character Clifford, the big, red dog. He was an American children’s book personality, well-known for his ultimate size and cuteness. From a little pup, he became so huge that he needed a separate house of his own.
Well, apparently, there are actual real-life Cliffords that made history. Take a look at the list of history’s most massive canines to date.
Although Boomer, a Landseer Newfoundland, fell short of becoming a Guinness world record holder, he still stood to be one of the biggest canines at seven feet long and 180 pounds (81.65 kg) weight. In fact, he was gigantic enough to drink from their kitchen faucet without even lifting a paw. His tail was so massive it could knock things off their counters with its every wag.
Not only was Zorba, an Old English Mastiff, the longest dog in the world in 2008, but he was also quite the heaviest of his breed. He was 8 feet, 3 inches long and weighed a whopping 343 pounds (ca. 156 kg) in 1989, far heavier than the regular 230 pounds (ca. 104 kg) of his fellow male Mastiffs.
Zorba could have been an internet sensation today, but he did become quite famous in his time, appearing in the Late Night with David Letterman in 1989.
If you’re familiar with Great Danes, then you can imagine what it feels like to have Freddy in your home. This Dane hailing from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England is currently the Guinness title holder for the tallest dog, with a measurement of 40.75 inches (1.04 m).
His diet mostly consists of casserole steak, two pounds of minced beef daily, and liver, with a little addition of sofas from time to time. Claire Stoneman, his owner, shared how Freddy has already devoured 26 of their couches so far.
Meet some other big dogs here.
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