this Great Dane is one of the biggest dog breeds in the world

What is the Biggest Dog in the World?


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Dogs are our best friends and in some cases our best friends are giants! That’s right – some dogs are considered to have ‘gigantic proportions‘, literally. Interestingly though when it comes to finding out who the biggest dog in the world is, there are two answers.

That’s because…

Whether you consult Wikipedia or the Guinness World Records the biggest dog breed is measured in two ways: tallest and heaviest. Dogs appear to be one or the other rather than both.

That’s pretty understandable; being heavy and tall could be complicated. It’s probably why you don’t get heavy giraffes and tall rhinos. Just ask elephants how it feels…

But enough of safaris and back to pets; here are the top contenders for biggest dog in the world:

Biggest dog in the world by height

You might have guessed it – the tallest slash biggest dog in the world is none other than a Great Dane. Zeus the Great Dane holds the Guinness World Record for being the biggest dog ever, at 112 cm in 2011.

More recently we also had Freddy the Great Dane from Essex who was named tallest living dog in the world in 2016. Zeus also happens to have been the runt of the litter! Here are some fast facts about Freddy and Zeus the Great Danes:

Height 112 cm 103.5 cm
Standing on hind legs223 cm226 cm (we know, right!)
Lifespan5 years8.5 years
QuirksDrank straight from the tapChewed up 26 sofas

Twenty-six sofas down the hatch! Now that’s big dog stats. This is the kind of data to motivate any dog lover to get up to speed on pet proofing your home (and knowing how to pet proof your car)! Access our free puppy teething survival guide while you’re at it.

Here’s a cute video of Zeus, the biggest dog in the world according to height:

Biggest dog in the world by weight

Weight has become a bit of a sore point in the pet-kingdom with obese pets now outnumbering their lightweight counterparts. It’s why days like National Pet Obesity Day are becoming more important.

The Guinness World Record no longer gives a title for heaviest dog breed. When it did, the Saint Bernard and Old English Mastiff were jointly recognised for holding rank. These guys can weigh between 77–91 kg.

If you own one you’ll need to set aside a pretty penny for ‘big dog stuff’. Big dog beds, toys and food tend to come with bigger price tags than small ones. Also all those cute puppy dog things your pooch does need to be kept in check. You don’t want your dog to still be chasing or jumping on people once they’re at their maximum potential size.

If you don’t have time to train your perky pup yourself then puppy training with a puppy school in NZ is a must.

a saint bernard is the biggest dog breed in the world by weight

Big dog breed health issues

If you’re thinking of getting one of the biggest dog breeds in the world, make sure you understand their unique health needs. Giant sized canines need the right nutrition to support their growth spurts and evolving musculoskeletal system.

Speak to your vet about a giant dog breed dog food and schedule, among other things.

Hip dysplasia in dogs is more common in bigger breeds – yet another reason to get the right diet and right exercise. And you can reduce the amount of pressure on the bones, ligaments, joints and muscles with these methods of exercising dogs without walking.

Got a giant dog with undisclosed breeding? A dog DNA test might help you determine if your dog is part Mastiff, Great Dane, Saint Bernard, or one of the other giant breeds so you can take preventative measures.

Getting our Deluxe dog insurance plan also means getting cover for dental along with our accident, illness and other coverage that can give your pooch that extra helping hand. And if you’re not keen to go that far, our Classic and Accident plans provide plenty of coverage at a cost-effective price.

Want to switch to PD Insurance? If your current insurer charges you a cancellation fee we’ll pay for it up to $150*! Click below and get one or more months of free insurance, depending on the age of your ‘biggest dog in the world’ (to you, anyway).

*at the time of writing

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